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Maria Karankika Murray

Maria Karanika-Murray

Staff Group(s)
Psychology Nottingham Civic Exchange


Dr Maria Karanika-Murray is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Psychology.

Career overview

Before joining NTU in 2009, Dr Maria Karanika-Murray was a researcher at the University of Nottingham, where she also completed her PhD.

Research areas

Maria's research interests include:

  • Determinants of workplace health and well-being
  • Management of workplace health
  • Job design and organisational climate
  • Ageing and retirement
  • Organizational health interventions
  • Intervention evaluation methodology
  • Presenteeism
  • Addiction to work

External activity

  • External examiner, University of Nottingham in Malaysia, since 2013
  • Topic expert member, Public Health Advisory Committee, National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), 2014-15
  • Commissioning Panel member, Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), 2014
  • College of Experts member, Health Technology Assessment Programme, National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), since 2011
  • Peer Review College member, Panel A: Psychology, Sociology & Linguistics, Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), since 2010
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for academic journals and academic publishers

Sponsors and collaborators

Sponsors in the last 5 years:

  • WORKAGE – Active Ageing through Work Ability (funded by DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission, €1068000, with Workplace Innovation limited, Principal Investigator, 2013-16)
  • Intervention Process Evaluation Partnership (funded by the European Association of Work & Organizational Psychology Small Group Meetings scheme, €3500, with Caroline Biron, Laval University Canada, 2012)
  • Heart to Heart: Health education puzzles that encourage pupil-parent enquiry (funded by Heart Research UK, £9600, with James Davies, University of Ulster, 2010)
  • Work and Well-being – In Context (funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, £320000, Principal Investigator, 2009-11)

External collaborators:

  • Dr Caroline Biron, Laval University, Canada
  • Mandy Wardle, The Fit For Work Team, Leicester UK
  • Dr Angela Martin, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Dr George Michaelides, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Professor Stephen Wood, University of Leicester, UK
  • Professor Per Øystein Saksvik, Norwegian Institute of Science & Technology, Norway
  • Professor Peter Totterdill, Workplace Innovation Limited, UK
  • Dr Varuni Wimalasiri, University of Exeter, UK
  • Dr Kimberley Bartholomew, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Dr Henna Hasson, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Dr Ulrica von Thiele Schwartz, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Dr Leila Karimi, La Trobe University, Australia


Recent publications:

  • Karanika-Murray, M., Duncan, N., Pontes, H., & Griffiths, M. (in press). Organizational identification, work engagement, and job satisfaction. Journal of Managerial Psychology.
  • Karanika-Murray, M., Bartholomew, K., Williams, G., & Cox, T. (in press). LMX across levels of leadership: Concurrent influences of line managers and senior management on work characteristics and employee psychological health. Work & Stress.
  • Martin, A., Karanika-Murray, M., Biron, C., & Sanderson, K. (2014). The psychosocial work environment, employee mental health, and organizational interventions: Improving research and practice by taking a multilevel approach. Stress & Health (online first). doi: 10.1002/smi.2593
  • Biron, C., & Karanika-Murray, M. (2014). Process evaluation for organizational stress and well-being interventions: Implications for theory, method, and practice. International Journal of Stress Management, 21(1), 85–111. doi: 10.1037/a0033227
  • Karanika-Murray, M., & Biron, C. (2013). The nature of change in organizational health interventions: Some observations and propositions. In: G. Bauer & G. Jenny (eds), Concepts of salutogenic organizations and change: The logics behind organizational health intervention research. Springer. ISBN: 978-94-007-6470-5
  • Karanika-Murray, M., & Weyman, A. (2013). Optimising workplace interventions for health and wellbeing: A commentary on the limitations of the public health perspective within the workplace health arena. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 6(2), 104-117. doi: 10.1108/IJWHM-11-2011-0024
  • Biron, C., Karanika-Murray, M., & Cooper, C. (eds) (2012). Improving organizational interventions for stress and well-being: Addressing process and context. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-84872-056-5
  • Griffiths, M.D., & Karanika-Murray, M. (2012). Contextualising over-engagement in work: Towards a more global understanding of workaholism as an addiction. Journal of Behavioural Addictions, 1(3), 87-95. doi: 10.1556/JBA.1.2012.002

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Press expertise

  • Work psychology
  • Occupational health psychology
  • Health and well-being at work
  • Workplace climate
  • Retirement decisions
  • Ageing and work
  • Organisational interventions for workplace health
  • Intervention evaluation
  • Presenteeism
  • Addiction to work