School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Joan Harvey

Senior Lecturer



I am a chartered psychologist who qualified in the area of occupational psychology. My special area of research interest involves transport psychology including risk and safety. I have also been involved in a major programme funded by the EU which involves cross-cultural psychology applied to engineering designers from different countries working collaboratively. I am located in the School of  Engineering.


Dr JOAN HARVEY BSc, MPhil, PhD, AFBPsS, C Psychol

Education: University College London BSc Hons Psychology with ancillary mathematics; Birkbeck College London M. Phil. Occupational Psychology; Sheffield University PhD

Work/consultancy experience with UK Govt Department for Science, South-Eastern Trains, Transport Catapult/DfT, Esso, BNFL, Reed Employment, Consumers’ Association, CA Parsons, Entrust, Stonham Housing, Productivity North East, Company Health, Tyneside Health Action Zone, Gorman Hamilton, SEQM, EMI Electronics,  etc


Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society


Research Interests

Transport Psychology, including driver behaviour:  risk perception and driver boredom and attitudes

Risk perception and risk taking:  in relation to health, safety culture and risky behaviour at work.  The study of risk emanated from research into safety culture in the nuclear and other industries and people'e perceptions of health risks such as those associated with BSE.

I have recently been involved in work for the European Union [FP6] which includes the development of a cross-cultural assimilator which can be accessed by people in small and medium engineering design companies in many different countries so they can understand how cultural differences are reflected in different behaviours and understandings; this is a development of my earlier work on cross-cultural differences.

Consumer Psychology: including perception of and attitudes to value and prices, charitable giving, humour in advertising, attitudes to various product groups including perfumes, organic and fair trade foods, and a particularly focus is upon people's attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of energy, recycling, waste and sustainability.

In addition to my research into safety culture and safety performance, I have research experience in absenteeism from work, stress at work and attitudes such as job satisfaction, commitment and trust in the workplace.

I work using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as attitude scales, Repertory Grid, attribtutional analysis of interviews etc..

Postgraduate Supervision:  Recent PhD completions: 

Nichola Huyer  [pt evaluation of action sheets for management training]

Matthew Caygill [ft shared with Neil Thorpe and Anil Namdeo: attitudes to High Speed Rail]

Simon Heslop [ft shared with Neil Thorpe and Anil Namdeo] driver boredom

Fahad Alnoeim [ft, Job satisfaction] 

Lise Stoyell [pt staff, risk perception and decision making] 

Rahim Ghasemiyeh [ft shared with Prof Feng Li, IT development in Iran] 

Oliver Heidrich [ft, waste management analysis, attitudes to and perceptions of waste]. 

John Nicholls [pt, Organizational supportiveness]

Esteem Indicators

Member of Technical Programme Committee for PSAM 2008 and 2010

Member of Technical Programme Committees for ESREL 2006, 2007 2008 and 2009, responsible for risk perception and communications.

Review papers for: Journal of Applied Psychology, Work and Stress, Health Risk and Society, Personnel Review, Risk Analysis, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Journal, Human Relations, Reliability Engineering & System Safety.

BPS& University spokesman for psychology. Appearances include BBC Breakfast TV & News 24, BBC1, Radio 2, Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, BBC Radio Newcastle, TTTV, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Cosmopolitan, Evening Chronicle, Journal,

Co-chair and co-editor of proceedings: 4th International Conference on Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development 2005.


Department for Transport Catapult. New technology engagement among older people [with Amy Guo and Simon Edwards].

South-Eastern Trains: attitudes of commuters.

EU FP6 contract: IMPORTNeT 033610: Intelligent modular open source Platform for intercultural and cross-domain SME networks. UK contribution is RCID [Ron Jamieson and Joan Harvey]

SEQM to write safety training.

AADrivetech to prepare literature review on young driver behaviour.

Dipstick research to analyse data and write report on attitudes to advertising of different brands



MEC8028 Design for Human Systems Integration and Ergonomics

PSY3028 Work Psychology

Postgraduate supervision

Past PhDs topics supervised include:  

action plans and evaluation of management raining and development,

attitudes to High Speed Rail,  

driver boredom,

organizational supportiveness,

attitudes to waste management, j

ob satisfaction