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Dr Serena Bartys is Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Research in Health (CARH), where she leads the Work & Health research theme. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Serena recently held a visiting position at the University of Salford, contributing to the MSc in Occcupational and Vocational Rehabilitation. She is currently Associate Editor of The International Journal of Workplace Health Management.

Serena has extensive experience of conducting research and knowledge exchange activity aimed at raising awareness of the work-health relationship amongst key stakeholders: policymakers, employers, healthcare professionals, workers and their families. Serena recently completed a Policy Fellowship in the Joint Work & Health Unit, where she helped produce evidence-based policy aimed at preventing work loss due to ill-health across the UK. This included the publication of the government's Green Paper, Improving Lives: Work, Health & Disability.

Research Expertise and  Interests:

Serena currently collaborates with a number of academic and non-academic stakeholders in the field of work and health, nationally and internationally. She is particularly interested in knowledge exchange and science communication methodology, aimed at increasing the real-world impact of academic research and reducing the 'evidence-policy gap'. Together with Professor Kim Burton at the University of Huddersfield, Serena has recently launched a virtual knowledge exchange platform which will act as a 'one-stop-shop' for evidence-based policy and practice in the field of work and health.

Serena is a reviewer for grant applications submitted to national and international research councils, including the National Institute for Health Research, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is currently leading a commission by Public Health England and the Joint Work & Health Unit examining healthcare professionals' conversations with patients about work in their routine clinical practice.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Work and health
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Biopsychosocial intervention design
  • Knowledge exchange/impact

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  • work and health
  • policy research
  • biopsychosocial
  • public health
  • musculoskeletal
  • chronic pain
  • sickness absence
  • work disability
  • knowledge exchange
  • research impact

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Research Output 2003 2019

WAAA! The conception and rapid development of a wearable for good technology

Swann, D., Meaton, J. & Bartys, S., 21 Jan 2019, In : Design for Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public health

Using implementation intentions to prevent relapse after psychological treatment for depression - the SMArT intervention

Lucock, M., Bartys, S., Cupac, J., Delgadillo, J., Denton, C., Gaines, S., McMillan, D., Prestwich, A. & Stebbings, R., 18 Apr 2018, In : Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Care
Psychological Feedback

Work-focused healthcare for low back pain

Bartys, S. & Jensen Stochkendahl, M., 2018, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Online Textbook.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
5 Citations

System influences on work disability due to low back pain: An international evidence synthesis

Bartys, S., Frederiksen, P., Bendix, T. & Burton, K., Aug 2017, In : Health Policy. 121, 8, p. 903-912 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Low Back Pain
Workers' Compensation
Systems Analysis
2 Citations

An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer

Kirshbaum, M. N., Stead, M. & Bartys, S., 2016, In : International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 22, 4, p. 166-172 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Therapeutic Touch
Self Care

Activities 2014 2019

  • 12 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Editorial work

International Journal of Workplace Health Management (Journal)

Serena Bartys (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Work-Focused Healthcare for Low Back Pain: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Policy and Practice

Serena Bartys (Speaker)
2 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Work Disability due to Low Back Pain can be Explained by the "Social" Aspect of the Biopsychosocial Model? An Evidence Synthesis

Serena Bartys (Speaker)
12 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Society for Back Pain Research Annual General Meeting

Serena Bartys (Organiser)
Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

An Exploratory Study of Reiki Experiences in Women Who Have Cancer

Marilynne Kirshbaum (Speaker), Serena Bartys (Speaker), J Stead (Speaker)
23 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation