Sheena Johnson

Sheena Johnson


Personal profile


Dr Sheena Johnson is an Occupational and Chartered Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and Professor of Work Psychology and Wellbeing at Alliance Manchester Business School. She is an active researcher into the topics of stress and health and the ageing workforce. Sheena is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, regularly presents her work at national and international conferences and sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Stress Management, an American Psychological Association journal, and the official journal of the International Stress Management Association.

Sheena is the University of Manchester lead on Social Change and Ageing at the Thomas Ashton Institute, and sits on the management board of MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing). She is also a member of both Alliance Manchester Business School's Work and Equalities Research Institute where she is academic lead for theme 2 'Fair Treatment at Work', and the Division of Occupational Psychology's Health and Well-Being Working Group:

Sheena established the ‘Age, Health and Professional Drivers’ Network The network, comprising transport and logistics firms, unions and industry representatives with an interest in age and health and wellbeing in the transport sector, builds capacity in the sector to exchange knowledge and best practice. Sheena's research led to publication of the AHPD Network's 'Health and Wellbeing of Older Professional Drivers: Best Practice Guidelines' which can be downloaded here  

Research interests

Sheena's primary research interests are:

(1) Workplace Health and Wellbeing, occupational stress, burnout and the role of emotions. Theme 2 lead ‘Fair Treatment at Work’ in Alliance Manchester Business School’s Work and Equalities Institute (WEI); committee member of the British Psychological Society’s ‘Psychology of Health and Wellbeing’ Working Group.


(2) The Ageing Workforce, in particular with regard to health and wellbeing, and older worker competencies. Member of: Management Board of MICRA (Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing); a number of external groups in relation to the Ageing Workforce including the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and their Work and Economy group.


A former research focus was in developing innovative training methods in the medical field.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Work and Equalities Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Healthier Futures


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