Head of Department - Psychology
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As Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, Craig is interested in the effect of workplaces and working on people’s health and psychological wellbeing. Specific interests include unusual and rare occupations, work-related suicide, technology change, pesticide exposures, working hours, stress, research techniques, neurobehavioural methods and psychological assessments.
He also increasingly researches the relationship between work and crime – particularly how offenders use their occupations to facilitate offending behaviours and this has led to an increase in research using statistical techniques such as multidimensional scaling of offence behaviours. Craig has provided psychology input and interviews to numerous TV documentaries and news items about offending, crime, and general psychology. He was also the scientific consultant for two series of “killing Spree” – a major Channel 5 documentary.
Craig contributed to both of the leading UK textbooks on occupational health and a number of Health and Safety Executive reports. He has also contributed to newspapers, television and radio. He has acted as consultant to many companies and organisations including Shell, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Rolls Royce, NHS, Jacob-Fleming and Marcus Evans. He appears regularly in the media discussing the psychology behind a wide range of news stories such as stress, crime, health issues, lifestyle, and ethics.
Craig is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (University of Birmingham); Research Director of an independent health research consultancy; and a Member of the ESRC Peer Review College. He is also a former Associate editor of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (a BMJ journal); Vice-Chair of various NHS Local Research Ethics Committees, and editor in Chief of the International Journal of Rural Psychology.