Psychology applied to safety and health (pash)

Our Offer

We have expertise in the broad areas of Organisational Psychology, Human factors, and Occupational Health Psychology with more specific capabilities in the following areas:

  • Human factors aspects of complex systems
  • Workload and stress management
  • Risk perception
  • Risk decision making
  • Health behaviour change
  • Safety motivation
  • Proactive behaviour
  • Safety leadership
  • Safety culture and climate
  • Safety citizenship
  • Human-computer interaction

Our Expertise

The majority of consultancy work is conducted by Dr Jim Morgan (the PASH group lead, pictured above) and Dr Matteo Curcuruto, who have over 25 years combined experience in delivering applied projects.

Dr Jim Morgan is a member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA). Dr Matteo Curcuruto is a recognised Professional Psychologist and Safety Consultant in Italy. He is a former member of both the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Jim received a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council CASE studentship grant to fund his PhD in collaboration with Eurostar UK Ltd. Matteo received a ‘Best PhD Thesis in Organisational Psychology’ award in 2011 from the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP) for his thesis entitled Proactivity and safety in HRO systems. Application of the proactive role orientation paradigm.


In 2013 Dr Curcuruto was also awarded a BASF ‘Extra Mile for Safety’ prize for his collaborative work with the University of Bologna to develop a safety intervention for the company.

From time to time projects draw on expertise from across the Psychology department. Psychology colleagues who have worked on recent projects include:

We also employ Research Associates to work within companies to ensure project deliverables are fit for purpose and to maximise academic knowledge transfer. Our current Research Associates are:

  • Raj Kandola (Safety Smart Project Manager at Amey Consulting & Rail)
  • Maria Matthews (YourAIM Project Manager at VolkerRail)

For some of our projects we also utilise the expertise of colleagues from across the University, including Dr Marc Fabri and the Leeds Behaviour Lab.

We have collaborative links with national and international safety research centres including the University of Aberdeen, The Centre for Safety at the University of Western Australia, and the Coalition for Healthy and Equitable Workplaces at Washington State University, Vancouver.

our clients

We’ve worked, or are working with clients including:

  • Eurostar UK Ltd.
  • VolkerRail Ltd.
  • Amey
  • Care UK
  • NHS 111 (NHS England)
  • BASF

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