Russell Peek

Health and Wellbeing

PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
Department for Health, University of Bath

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: Thriving under pressure: How occupational stress affects the performance, progression, mental health, and well-being of doctors in training.

As a medical educator, I’m interested in the effect of occupational stress on doctors in training.  My PhD research programme aims to understand variability in response to stress from a psychophysiological perspective, and how such variability influences the performance, progression, mental health, and well-being of medical learners.  Developments from this research offer the potential to identify trainees who would benefit from targeted early support, and develop evidence based interventions to allow doctors to thrive under pressure. This helps safeguard the productivity and wellbeing of the future healthcare workforce and, ultimately, improve patient safety.

Research supervisors: Dr Rachel Arnold, Professor Mark Wilson, Dr Samuel Vine, Dr Lee Moore, Professor Andy Smith, Professor Peter Turnbull