Dr Catherine Steele

Academic Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Psychology

School/Department: Psychology and Vision Sciences, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1032



I am a HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist, a Coaching Psychologist and a UK Health Coaches Association Accredited Health Coach.  I joined the University of Leicester in 2012 as the Course Director for Occupational Psychology and in 2019 began the role of Postgraduate Academic Director for the School of Psychology.  In this role I oversee our campus based and distance learning courses in psychology supporting the teaching of our postgraduate students.

My undergraduate degree was completed in Psychology and Business Management at the University of Worcester, followed by an MSc in Occupational Psychology at the University of Leicester.  My PhD completed in 2008 was supervised by Professor Jan Francis-Smythe and awarded by Coventry University.

As an applied psychologist I'm engaged with teaching, consultancy and research mainly in the area of workplace wellbeing and corporate health.  


My current research focuses on the impact of health coaching and the role of lifestyle medicine in workplace wellbeing.

I am also interested in pedagogical research with postgraduate students particularly focused on student engagement, wellbeing and career transitions.


I am currently supervising students researching:

Discourse in multidisciplinary team meetings

Resilience and Wellbeing in Healthcare Professionals

I'm open to supervising students in Occupational or Coaching Psychology with an emphasis on wellbeing. 


My teaching is listed below:

MSc in Occupational Psychology - leading the Workplace Wellbeing, Application of Psychology and Dissertation modules.  

MSc Psychology (Distance Learning) - leading the Dissertation module

UG Psychology - leading the third year optional module in Occupational Psychology

Press and media

Interviewed for Radio 4 All in the Mind November 2021 - Does Working in the Office Boost Wellbeing 

Happy to discuss and comment on aspects impacting

Workplace wellbeing and health

Health Coaching and health related behaviour change

Lifestyle medicine in the workplace


Chartered Member British Psychological Society

HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist

Accredited Member UK Health Coaches Association 

Research Lead Division of Coaching Psychology (British Psychological Society)

Member of the Accreditation and Standards Board UK Health Coaches Association

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Reviewer International Journal of Coaching Psychology

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