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Professor Craig Jackson - University Alliance. Birmingham, England, GB

Professor Craig Jackson

Professor of Occupational Health Psychology | Birmingham City University

Birmingham, England, UNITED KINGDOM

He has two main areas of professional interest: primarily as an occupational psychologist and secondly in the area of criminal psychology.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Serious Crime

Criminal Profiling

Stress at Work

Wellbeing at Work

Workplace Psychology

Occupational Health

Work-Related Suicide

Crime and Work

Mass shootings


Professor Craig Jackson is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Birmingham City University. He has two main areas of professional interest: primarily as an occupational psychologist and secondly in the area of criminal psychology.

He explores the effects of workplaces and working on people’s health and wellbeing. He has contributed to both of the leading UK textbooks on Occupational Medicine and many Health and Safety Executive reports. Specific interests include unusual occupations and 'dirty out-sourced jobs', work-related suicide, technology change, pesticide exposures, working hours, and stress.

Craig also researches the relationship between work and crime – particularly how some occupations are used to facilitate serial offending behaviours. He has studied how criminal profiling is not a valid or reliable method for investigating serial murderers and sexual attackers. Craig has also studied the phenomenon of mass shooting over the last decade and currently teaches Psychology and Criminology students a module entitled The Psychological Understanding of Mass Shooting. He has appeared on-screen in over 50 TV documentaries about crime, and has been a scientific advisor to others.

Media Mentions (5)

Why health messaging is vitally important during coronavirus

National Health Executive  online


Speaking with Professor Craig Jackson, a Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birmingham City University, on Episode 14 of NHE’s Finger on the Pulse podcast, we analyse the health messaging used, the psychology behind it and what did and did not work.

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How to live most happily if you are both an introvert and an extrovert

The Irish News  online


“The whole idea of people being one or the other – introvert or extrovert – is a bit of a throwback to what we might call the classical days of psychology back in the 60s, when personality theory was developing,” says psychology professor Craig Jackson, from Birmingham City University.

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New warning of mental health deaths risk from coronavirus impact on economy

Birmingham Live  online


Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences, says those out of work for periods longer than six months are at an increased risk of so-called deaths of despair.

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What’s Wrong With The Coughers, Lickers and Spitters?

Qrius  online


There have been numerous reports of people deliberately licking products and surfaces in supermarkets and filimg it. These “licking videos” are then often posted on social media sites like TikTok, Snapchat or YouTube for all to see.

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Coronavirus could trigger a worrying psychological change in US consumers, economist says

CNBC  online


Craig Jackson, a professor of psychology at Birmingham City University in England, told CNBC in a phone call Thursday that people in western, “individualistic” cultures were unlikely to alter their behavior unless it was absolutely necessary.

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Multimedia Appearances





Face to Face with the New Optimists - Craig Jackson



Accomplishments (2)

Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) British Psychological Society


Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) British Psychological Society


Education (3)

University of Birmingham: Ph.D., Workplace Health and Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure 2001

Lancaster University: M.Sc., Psychological Research Methods 1997

University of Central Lancashire: B.Sc., Psychology 1993

Affiliations (5)

  • Member, Society of Occupational Medicine
  • Member, Association of Heads of Psychology Departments (AHPD)
  • Member, ESRC Peer-Review College
  • Member, Oxford Institute of Ageing study group
  • Board Member, Journal of Advances in School Mental Health Promotion

Event Appearances (3)

The [bad] Science of Offender Profiling

Association of Teachers in Psychology Annual Conferences (2019)  Leicester, England

Workplace Suicide: More Data

Central England Occupational Health Group Annual Conference (2018)  Birmingham, England

Paediatric cystic fibrosis patients' attitudes and beliefs towards risky health behaviours

European Cystic Fibrosis Conference (2017)  Seville, Spain

Articles (5)

Well-being, job satisfaction, stress and burnout in speech-language pathologists: A review

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

2020 The purpose of this review was to evaluate the factors that influence well-being, job satisfaction, stress, and burnout in speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and to identify the impact of these variables on worker recruitment and retention.

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An exploration into experiences and attitudes regarding risky health behaviours in an adult cystic fibrosis population

Psychology, Health & Medicine

2019 Health risk behaviours (HRBs) are prevalent within the cystic fibrosis (CF) population, and there is a lack of research around what influences their engagement. This research explored beliefs associated with HRBs within an adult CF population using qualitative semi-structured interviews.

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Work–Life and Well-Being in U.K. Therapeutic Prison Officers: A Thematic Analysis

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

2018 Previous research has clearly demonstrated the positive impact of therapeutic interventions on offenders’ well-being. Much less is known about the impact on prison staff facilitating and delivering such interventions. We employed qualitative methodology to capture a deeper understanding of the work of therapeutic prison officers.

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A weekend/weekday comparison of adherence to daily treatment regimens in adults with cystic fibrosis

Health Psychology Report

2018 Treatment adherence is a major concern in cystic fibrosis (CF), with accumulating evidence that health outcomes are worse in patients with lower levels of adherence. This study investigates how adherence differs for adults with CF during a weekday and a weekend day by examining the roles of sex, anxiety, depression, and lung function as predictors of adherence.

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Health Practitioners and the Directive Towards Compassionate Healthcare in the UK

Health Professions Education

2016 Concerns have been periodically raised about care that lacks compassion in health care settings. The resulting demands for an increase in consistent compassionate care for patients have frequently failed to acknowledge the potentially detrimental implications for health care professionals including compassion fatigue and a failure to care for oneself.

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