Personal profile


Dr Serena Bartys (formerly McCluskey) is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Research in Health and joined the University in 2009. Previous posts include a Research Psychologist at Hope Hospital, Salford, a Research Fellow in Public Health at the University of Salford, and prior to coming to Huddersfield, a Research Fellow in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Leeds. Her primary interests are focused around work and health policy, knowledge transfer and reducing the 'evidence-policy/practice gap'.

Serena recently completed a Policy Fellowship with the UK government's Joint Work & Health Unit, providing her academic expertise to ministerial level policymaking - see more here

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Work and health
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Biopsychosocial intervention design
  • Knowledge transfer

Research Degree Supervision

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  • work and health
  • policy research
  • biopsychosocial
  • public health
  • musculoskeletal
  • chronic pain
  • sickness absence
  • work disability
  • Knowledge Transfer

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Research Output 2013 2018

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
2 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

Work-focused healthcare for low back pain

Bartys, S. 2017 (Accepted/In press) International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Online Textbook.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 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
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3 Citations
Open Access
Musculoskeletal Pain
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Activities 2014 2017

  • 12 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk