Ms Debbie Stevens-Gill

Senior Lecturer

Email address: d.stevens-gill@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321329 Location: MC323 Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport and Human Sciences Areas of expertise: Occupational stress and coping with stress, the work-life balance, the work-family conflict, compassion in work situations.

About

Background

Debbie graduated from Staffordshire University in 2005 with an honours degree in Psychology. In 2006 she completed a Masters degree in Work Psychology and Business at Aston Business School. Her dissertation was on well being and quality of working life in armed forces personnel (specifically RAF personnel) and how changes in working life (such as relocation and deployment) can affect the well being of not only service personnel, but also of partners. She suggested that when particular aspects of quality of life were good (for example high social quality of life, such as social support from close friends and family) RAF families were able to deal with the unusual aspects of service life such as long and frequent deployments, and frequent relocation.

This followed from Debbie’s undergraduate research, which focused on armed forces couples and how periods of deployment can affect their relationships (i.e. marriage and long term partnerships). In this research participants suggested that their relationships are unique in a number of ways, and that periods of separation due to deployment only strengthened their relationships, rather than weakening them as they thought others might believe.

Research interests

Debbie’s research interests still lie mainly in quality of working life, the work-life balance and its affects on families, and organisational stress. She is also interested in other broad areas of occupational psychology such as leadership (particularly the effects of leadership style, and leader self awareness on employee motivation and/or performance). 

Membership of professional bodies

Debbie is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology. Debbie is also a registered Occupational Psychologist with the HCPC, and is a Europsych chartered psychologist.

Publications

Recent Conferences

Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference 2014.

Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference 2015

Recent Publications

Hinton, D., & Stevens-Gill, D. (in press). Online Psychometric Assessment. In A. Attrill & C. Fullwood (Eds.) Applied Cyberpsychology. Palgrave Macmillan.

Flynn, S., Hulbert-Williams, L., Bramwell, R., Stevens-Gill, D., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2015). Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Stevens-Gill, D., Hulbert-Williams, N. & Bramwell, R (2010, December). Reconceptualising stress in palliative care professionals; a literature review. Poster presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference. Chester, UK.

Stevens-Gill, D., Hulbert-Williams, N. & Bramwell, R (2015, January). Is emotionally demanding work stressful, or does it provide opportunities for personal growth? A systematic review of stress in end of life care. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Glasgow. UK.