Mr Andrew Baird

Position: Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

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I am a lecturer within Psychology at The University of Derby. I work primarily in the field of Ergonomics/Human Factors, lecturing at MSc level, but I also have some undergraduate commitments with optional third year psychology modules. On the Ergonomics & Human Factors programme I teach on a range of subjects, including - Musculoskeletal Disorders; Stress; Human Behaviour & Health; Systems; and Organisational Behaviour. I also co-ordinate MSc research projects as module leader for the Independent Studies module. My primary undergraduate work relates to the Psychology of Pain.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics Methods
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders & Ergonomics
  • Systems Ergonomics
  • Human Behaviour & Health
  • Ergonomics & Organisational Behaviour
  • Stress in Organisations
  • Independent Study (Ergonomics)
  • Psychology of Pain

Professional interests

As a Registered Ergonomist with the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, I have a broad interest in the application of ergonomics expertise, methods and approaches to the improvement of work systems. Much of my work has been focused at the 'health' end of ergonomics (musculoskeltal disorders and stress), but I have also undertaken a range of projects looking at optimising human performance and reducing errors. I am currently involved in the field of patient safety.

Research interests

My primary research interest is in chronic musculoskeletal pain. In particular I am interested in what differentiates those that recover from those who do not - with a specific interest in beliefs about pain and associated behaviours. More broadly I am interested in chronic pain and how we can improve sufferers ability to manage their problems and improve their quality of life. I also have a keen interest in how chronic conditions can be managed in the workplace.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Registered member of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
  • Member of the British Pain Society


Undergraduate Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Ergonomics, Loughborough

Postgraduate Qualifications 

  • MSc Occupational Health Psychology, Nottingham

Recent publications

  • Baird, A. (2011) Co-morbid musculoskeletal complaints - how common are they and what impact do they have? In: Contemporary Ergonomics & Human Factors 2011, Ed: Anderson, M. Taylor & Francis. London
  • Shireff, S. & Baird, A. (2011) Managing risk in construction - getting the balance right. In: Contemporary Ergonomics & Human Factors 2011, Ed: Anderson, M. Taylor & Francis. London
  • Baird, A. (2011) Stress - Finding the Right Balance. Government Business
  • Baird, A. (2010) Ergonomics and Occupational 'stress' - where do we stand? In: Contemporary Ergonomics & Human Factors 2010, Ed: Anderson, M. Taylor & Francis. London
  • Baird, A. (2008) Teaching about Musculoskeletal Disorders - are we barking up the wrong tree? In: Contemporary Ergonomics 2008, Ed: Bust, P. Taylor & Francis, London
  • Baird, A. (2008) No pain, no gain. Safety & Health Practitioner. 6: 61-63
  • Baird, A., Worral, L., Haslam, C. and Haslam, R. (2008) Evaluation of a Multi-disciplinary Back Pain Rehabilitation Programme - Individual and Group Perspectives. Quality of Life Research, 17:357-366

Experience in industry

After completing my first degree I spent 12 years in Ergonomics consultancy working across all sectors with projects ranging from individual assesments to large scale refurbish ment projects and in environments as diverse as operating theatres and food processing plants. Throughout my subsequent studies I continued to work as an independent sub-contractor on a range of projects. I am currently expanding my commercial activities at Derby now that the MSc programme has been developed.

Current Activities/ Links with Industry:

Working in the field of patient safety.

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