Staff profile

Andrew Baird

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer within Psychology at the University of Derby. I work primarily in the field of Ergonomics/Human Factors and Behaviour Change, 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 Approaches in Ergonomics, Physical Characteristics & Ergonomics and Systems & Ergonomics.

On the Behaviour Change programme I am Pathway Lead for the Occupational Health & Safety pathway and teach on a number of modules including Theories & Models of Behaviour, Occupational Health & Safety and Behaviour Change and Systems Context. My primary undergraduate work relates to the Psychology of Pain.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

As a Chartered Ergonomics and Human Factors professional with the Chartered 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 increasingly involved in activities related to Behaviour Change. I am also involved with research relating to Safety Climate and Safety Culture.

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. Alongside these interests I have been developing research interests in issues surrounding Safety Climate and Safety Culture.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate Qualifications

Postgraduate Qualifications 

Recent conferences

Williams, C, Baird, A, Denning, E, & Sheffield, D 2016, ‘Encouraging postural breaks – findings from the two year Move More study’. PREMUS 2016, Toronto, 20-23 June

Shirreff, S & Baird, A 2016 ‘Safety Climate – Revealing the ‘X Factor’’. In: Waterson, P, Sims, R and Hubbard EM (Eds) Contemporary Ergonomics & Human Factors 2016:

Baird, A & Williams, C 2013, ‘Musculoskeletal Disorders - Are we better off seeing them as pain conditions rather than injuries?’. Canadian Association of Ergonomists 44th Annual Conference Whistler, October 7-10

Recent publications

Chance-Larsen, F, Chance-Larsen, K, DIvanoglou, A & Baird, A 2018, ‘The use of an e-learning module on return to work advice for physiotherapists – A prospective cohort study’. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1485193

Thornton, C, Sheffield, D, & Baird, A 2017, ‘A longitudinal exploration of pain tolerance and participation in contact sports’. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 16, 36-44

Baird, A, Williams, C, & Ferris, A 2017, ‘Becoming a Human Factors/Ergonomics Practitioner’ In: Shorrock, S, and Williams, C, (eds) Human Factors & Ergonomics in Practice. CRC Press, Boca Raton

Baird, A & Sheffield, D 2016, ‘The Relationship between Pain Beliefs and Physical and Mental Health Outcome Measures in Chronic Low Back Pain: Direct and Indirect Effects’. Healthcare, 4, 58

Baird, A & Haslam, R 2013, ‘Exploring differences in Pain Beliefs between a large non-clinical (workplace) population and a clinical (chronic low back pain) population using the Pain Beliefs Questionnaire’. Physical Therapy, 93, 12:1615-1624

De Bruyne, M, Van Renterghem, B, Baird, A, Palmans T, Daneels, L, & Dolphens, M 2016, ‘Influence of different stool types on muscle activity and lumbar posture among dentists during a simulated dental screening task’. Applied Ergonomics, 56, 220-226

Williams, C, Denning, E, Baird, A & Sheffield, D 2014, Investigating the impact of behaviour change techniques on break taking behaviour at work. Institution of Occupational Safety & Health

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