Menu Close

Sarah-Jane Lennie

Sarah-Jane Lennie is a Chartered Psychologist and Researcher in Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sarah-Jane lectures in Business Psychology, specialising in emotions in the work place and mental health and well-being. Prior to returning to academia Sarah-Jane served for 18 years as a police officer, to the rank of Detective Inspector in both Hampshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police. Sarah-Jane is an Associate to the College of Policing, as a subject matter expert in mental health and organisational culture. She is also an ambassador for Police Care UK, a charity supporting police officers and their families.
Sarah-Jane’s research focuses on supporting police officer’s emotional wellbeing through the exploration of officer’s lived experience and the impact of organisational culture on individual mental health. Sarah-Jane looks at the role of stigma, emotional suppression and dissociation in the increasing cases of PTSD within our officers.


  • 2018–present
    Research associate, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2009–2018
    Police Officer, Greater Manchester Police
  • 2001–2009
    Police Officer, Hampshire Constabulary


  • 2020 
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2016 
    Manchester Metropolitan University, MSc. Human Resource Management


  • 2020
    Managing death: navigating divergent logics in end-of-life care., Sociology of Health and Illness
  • 2020
    Caring and Coping: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of lecturer’s emotional labour in the context of higher education commercialisation and the consequences for staff and student wellbeing, Modern Day Challenges in Academia: Time for a Change. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • 2020
    Robocop – The depersonalisation of police officers and their emotions: A diary study of emotional labor and burnout in front line British police officers., . International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice,
  • 2018
    Policing parenting: Psychological challenges for officers and their families, International Journal of Birth and Parent Education

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society