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Dr Emma Russell

BSc Psychology (Warwick) Class1; MSc Occupational Psychology (Cardiff) Distinction; PhD (Surrey); CPsychol; AFBPsS; FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology

KHBS302 Kingston Business School
Kingston Hill
Kingston Upon Thames

020 8417 5929 Ext:


Dr Emma Russell is a Registered and Chartered Occupational Psychologist and full member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology. Emma's background is in academia and consultancy. Since beginning her research career at Surrey in 2001, Emma has developed an interest in studying strategies for dealing with new technology communications and how these relate to well-being and personality. At Surrey, Emma studied the strategies that people choose to deal with email interruptions to their work, and how these are influenced by (and influence) well-being, personality, and one's desire to balance multiple-goal activity. Emma joined Kingston University in September 2011. Funded by the Richard Benjamin Trust, Emma's latest project examines pathological strategies for dealing with email and smartphone communications (such as addictive checking), with a view to understanding how these can best be managed.

See links below for information on her research:


Emma has worked with a wide range of multi-national organisations in her professional life, including Siemens, the BBC, B&Q, Voluntary Service Overseas, and AON Ltd. Emma's lecturing experience is to postgraduate level, and she also supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


Richard Benjamin Trust 2012-2013

ESRC Studentship Award no: R42200134135

University of Surrey Scholarship award 2001-2004

MRC Studentship Award 1996-1997



Strategies when using new technology and digital communication at work; well-being; using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodology, specialising in event-sampling (diary study) techniques; designing ecologically-valid studies for examining strategic behaviour at work; multi-level random coefficient modelling (MRCM) analysis, especially using ML-Win; personality profiling - especially using the Hogan suite: HPI, MVPI and HDS, and the 15FQ+; executive coaching and assessment.

Research Interest(s)

New technology interruptions and strategic work behaviour in multi-goal environments; Pathological strategies in dealing with new communication technologies; Measuring wellbeing as an antecedent and consequence to strategy choice; The role of personality in strategic activity at work; Organisational identity and identity processes involved in using internet forums and networking sites.


BH7706 (30 credit PG module) Performance Appraisal and Identifying Talent (PAIT) Module Leader; BH6007 (30 credit UG Level 6 module) Business Psychology Module Leader; MSc Business and Occupational Psychology course team member; BPS 'Test User: Occupational - Personality' (Level B) qualifications training and verified assessor. PhD Supervisor (Fawz Elfadel: Cyberloafing behaviours and their role in recovery and respite at work; Alison Price: Email addiction behaviours and positive psychological interventions).


Chartered Psychologist and Full Member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology; Associate Fellow of the BPS; BPS supervision of several Occupational Psychologist practitioners-in-training to achieve Chartered status; BPS Verifier of Occupational Testing Training courses; BPS Test-User: Occupational - Personality Verified Assessor; HCPC Registered Psychologist; Fellow of the Higher Education Authority; PGCLTHE qualification.


Recommending strategies for improving email communications at work; Test-User: Occupational - Personality (Level B) training; Assessment design and delivery; Executive coaching and assessment; Personality profiling; Design and delivery of organisational change programmes.


British Psychology Society (84542) Division of Occupational Psychology; Register of Qualified Test Users (BPS); Level A; Level B (intermediate) and (intermediate plus) - HPI, MVPI, HDS, 15FQ+. HCPC (PYL19937); HEA (PRO67959).

Recent Publications

Number of items: 10.


Jackson, Tom and Russell, Emma (2015) Four email problems that even titans of tech haven't resolved. The Conversation,

Russell, Emma (2013) Yay! Yet another email! View from the hill, Spring, pp. 2-3.

Russell, Emma, Millward Purvis, Lynne and Banks, Adrian (2007) Describing the strategies used for dealing with email interruptions according to different situational parameters. Computers in Human Behavior, 23(4), pp. 1820-1837. ISSN (print) 0747-5632

Conference or Workshop Item

Russell, Emma, Daniels, Kevin and Harris, Claire (2015) Measuring momentary affective well-being: does shortening a form and altering the rubric change the underlying factor structures of affect? In: 17th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP): Respectful and effective leadership - managing people and organizations in turbulent times; 20-23 May 2015, Oslo, Norway.

Russell, Emma and Price, Alison (2015) Successful strategies for managing email and smartphone addiction in the workplace. In: Health and Wellbeing at Work; 03-04 Mar 2015, Birmingham, U.K.. (In Press)

Russell, Emma (2014) Dealing with email at work: bad habits and strategies. In: British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Annual Conference 2014: Applying the Science of Psychology to Work; 8-10 Jan 2014, Brighton, U.K..

Russell, Emma (2013) Managing your digital communications: a focus on email and smartphone strategies at work. In: Research in Practice Seminar Series; 25 Apr 2013, Kingston upon Thames, U.K... (Unpublished)

Russell, Emma, Millward Purvis, L.J. and Banks, A. (2005) Strategies for dealing with email interruptions in goal-directed work. In: British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology Conference; 12-14 Jan 2005, Warwick, U.K..


Russell, Emma (2013) Strategies and bad habits in dealing with email at work. (Project Report) Richard Benjamin Trust.


Russell, Emma (2006) Strategic activity and email interruptions: the relationship between wellbeing, multi-goal priorities and individual differences in dealing with email interruptions in goal-directed work. (PhD thesis), Surrey University.

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