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Dr. Gail Kinman

Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology

Skype: Gail.Kinman1
Twitter: @ProfGailK


Gail is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. She is an occupational health psychologist with extensive experience in research and practice. Gail’s interests mainly focus on improving the working conditions and wellbeing of people who do emotionally demanding work, such as health and social care professionals, prison officers and academics. She is currently working on several research and consultancy projects in this area.


Research interests include:

  • The implications of working in emotionally demanding jobs, such as health and social care and safety-critical work
  • Mental health and associated issues in UK doctors, nurses and midwives
  • Work-related wellbeing in UK prison officers
  • Psychosocial hazards, work-life balance and wellbeing in UK academics
  • Multi-level approaches to building resilience in health and social care
  • The use of technology, work-related stress and work-life balance
  • Presenteeism and sickness absence behaviour
  • Reducing attrition in student and recently qualified nurses
  • Emotional experiences at work: e.g. emotional labour, empathy and compassion and crying
  • Work-life conflict, facilitation and enrichment and the implications of flexible working

Recent publications

Selected peer reviewed papers

  • Kinman, G. & Grant, L. (2020). Emotional demands, compassion and mental health in social workers. Occupational Medicine
  • Payne, N. & Kinman, G. (2020). Job demands, resources and work-related wellbeing in UK firefighters. Occupational Medicine,
  • Clements, A., Sharples, A. & Kinman, G. (2020) Identifying wellbeing challenges and solutions in the police service: A World Café approach. The Police Journal.
  • Kinman, G. (2020) Presenteeism in healthcare professionals: causes, consequences and potential solutions. Praxis Klinische Verhaltensmedizin und Rehabilitation
  • Kinman, G. & Grant, L. (2019 in press) ‘It’s my secret space’. The benefits of mindfulness for social workers. British Journal of Social Work.
  • Kinman, G. (2019) Effort-reward imbalance and health in academic employees: Examining different reward systems. Special edition on wellbeing in academic employees Edited by G. Kinman and S. Johnson. International Journal of Stress Management, 26, 2, 184-192
  • Raiden, A., Raisanen, C. & Kinman, G. (2019) Behavioural ambidexterity: Effects on individual well-being and high-performance work in academia, Journal of Further and Higher Education,
  • Kinman, G., Clements, A. & Hart, J. (2019). When are you coming back? Presenteeism in UK prison officers. The Prison Journal, 99, 3, 363-383
  • Kinman, G. (2019). Sickness presenteeism at work. British Medical Bulletin, 129, 1, 69-78
  • Kinman G & Wray, K. (2018) Presenteeism in academic employees – occupational and individual factors. Occupational Medicine. 68, 1, 46-50
  • McDowall, A. & Kinman, G. (2017) The New Nowhere Land? A research and practice agenda for the “Always on Culture" The Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance. This paper won the CIPD Ian Beardwell Prize (2017) for research excellence in the field of human resources.
  • Kinman, G., Clements, A. & Hart, J. (2017). Job demands, resources and mental health in UK prison officers. Occupational Medicine, 67, 6, 456-460
  • Kinman, G. & Grant, L. (2017) Building resilience in early-career social workers: evaluating a multi-modal intervention. British Journal of Social Work, 47, 7, 1979-1998
  • Kinman, G. & Leggetter, G. (2017). The cost of kindness? Emotional labour, empathy and wellbeing in nursing. Healthcare. Special edition: Occupational Health Issues in the New Millennium. 4(4), 89
  • Kinman, G. (2017) Effort-reward imbalance and over-commitment in UK academics: Implications for health, satisfaction and retention. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 38, 5, 504-518
  • Kinman, G., Clements, A. & Hart, J. (2016) Work-life balance and wellbeing in UK prison officers: the role of recovery experiences. Criminal Justice and Behaviour, 44, 2, 226-239
  • Kinman, G., Clements, A. & Hart, J. (2016) Work-related wellbeing in UK prison officers: A benchmarking approach. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9, 3, 290-307
  • Kinman, G., Clements, A. & Hart, J. (2017). Work-life balance in UK prison officers: the importance of switching off. Work-life Balance Bulletin, 10


Selected books and book chapters


  • Kinman, G. & Wray, S. (forthcoming, 2021) Work and Wellbeing in Academic Employees: An Evidence Based Approach. Palgrave
  • Kinman, G. & McDowall, A. (2020) Flexible shifts: is gender important in work-life balance? In J. Hassard & L. Torres (Eds.) Aligning Perspectives in Gender Mainstreaming: Gender, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Springer
  • Kinman, G. & Wray, S. (2020) Wellbeing in academic employees in the UK – a benchmarking approach. In R. J. Burke & S. Pignata (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-being in the Public Sector, Elgar
  • Clements, A. & Kinman, G. (2020) Stress and Wellbeing in Prison Officers In. R. J. Burke & S. Pignata (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-being in the Public Sector, Elgar
  • Teoh, K., Kinman, G. & Hassard, J. (2020) The relationship between healthcare staff wellbeing and patient care: It’s not that simple”. Healthy Healthcare, Springer
  • Clements, A. & Kinman, G. (2020). A forgotten profession: The need to invest in the wellbeing of prison officers.  Corrective Services: Critical Issues and Emerging Controversies in 21st Century Practice, Sage.
  • Kinman, G. & McDowall, A. (2016). Work life balance and health in a time of austerity. In S. Lewis and N. Payne (Eds.) Work-life Balance in the Recession and Beyond. Routledge
  • Kinman, G. (2016) Managing the work-home interface; the experience of women academics. In R. Gervais and P. Millear (Eds). Resourceful Women. Springer.
  • Kinman, G. & Grant, L. (2016). Enhancing accurate empathy in the helping professions. In D. Watt & J. Panksepp (Eds). The Psychology of Empathy. Nova Science
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014). Developing Resilience for Social Work Practice, Macmillan
  • Payne, N., Kinman, G & Jones, F. (2012). Work stress and health behaviour: In J. Houdmont & S. Leka (Eds). Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology Wiley Blackwell

Selected reports and resources

  • Kinman, G. & Teoh, K. (2020). The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Nurses and Midwives in the UK. The Royal College of Nursing Foundation and the Society of Occupational Medicine
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2020). The Change Project: Building Organisational Resilience in Social Work Organisations. Research in Practice.
  • Kinman, G., Grant, L. & Sharples, A. (2020). Peer Coaching for Wellbeing and Personal Effectiveness. Care Knowledge, Pavilion
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2019) Knowledge Briefing:  Promoting Emotional Resilience. Research in Practice
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2019). Survey of Independent Social Workers: Report. British Association of Social Workers
  • Kinman, G. & Teoh, K. (2018).  What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors: A review of the research evidence. The Louise Tebboth Foundation and the Society of Occupational Medicine.
  • Kinman, G. & Grant, L. (2016). Building emotional resilience in the children and families workforce – an evidence-based approach. Research Informed Practice.
  • Kinman, G. & Wray, S. (2015) Work-related wellbeing in UK Higher Education – 2014. University and College Union
  • Kinman, G., Clements, A. & Hart, J. (2014). Wellbeing in the Prison Service. POA Publications DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11445.99049
  • Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014). The Importance of Emotional Resilience for Staff and Students in the “Helping” Professions. Higher Education Academy Research Briefing
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