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Maria Karanika-Murray

Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

Maria Karanika-Murray is an Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Her PhD (University of Nottingham, 2007) focused on the use of alternative analytical approaches for strengthening the methodology of risk assessment for psychosocial risks in the workplace. Before joining NTU Maria led a number of projects as part of a European consortium delivering for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (University of Nottingham). At NTU she is Director of the Centre for Public & Psychosocial Health. Maria’s recent work focuses on: health and well-being (including organisational climate, integration of mental health and performance/productivity), organisational health interventions (including developing and implementing effective interventions, and evaluating intervention processes as well as outcomes), work behaviours (specifically presenteeism), and topics related to diversity and equality (including parents’ return to work, and how inequality). Maria has delivered a number of research projects (funded by the European Commission, European Agency for Safety & Health at Work, Social Sciences and Health Research Council of Canada, Economic and Social Research Council, Rethink Mental Illness, Heart Research, and industry partners). She has published widely in the field, pioneering collections in intervention process evaluation (Karanika-Murray & Biron, 2015: Derailed organizational interventions for stress and well-being: Confessions of failure, solutions for success, Springer; Biron, Karanika-Murray & Cooper 2012: Improving organizational interventions for stress and well-being: Addressing process and context, Routledge) and new parents’ return to work (Karanika-Murray & Cooper, 2020: Navigating the return-to-work experience for new parents: Maintaining work-family well-being, Routledge). Her research outputs span insightful theory (e.g., understanding sickness presenteeism; understanding inequality) and empirically rigorous research (e.g. multilevel and longitudinal approaches) and she has written widely for academic researchers, policy-makers, and practitioner audiences. She is one of the top 40 most prolific authors at NTU (2014-2019).


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology, Nottingham Trent University


  • 2017 
    University of Nottingham , PhD Applied Psychology