Dr Kazia Anderson

Lecturer in Occupational Psychology

School/Department: School of Psychology and Vision Sciences



I am a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Coaching Psychologist, Chartered Scientist (The Science Council) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined the School of Psychology and Vision Sciences at University of Leicester in January 2020. I achieved my BSc Psychology (hons) and MSc Occupational Psychology at University of Worcester and then I completed my PhD in 2015, for which I undertook a case study of the career success of male employees in two public-sector, female-dominated occupations.


My research interests are broadly encompassed in the field of Occupational and Coaching Psychology and include;

  • how people define and achieve career success
  • application of coaching psychology in the workplace
  • factors that influence wellbeing at work
  • Employability and accessibility in HE


Gisby, A., Ross, C., Francis-Smythe, J., & Anderson, K. (2023). The 'Rich Pictures' method: its use and value, and the implications for HRD research and practice. Human Resource Development Review.

Koskinen, K., & Anderson, K. (2023). Managerial mind-set and behaviours that shape effective relationship building in employee coaching: an integrative literature review. International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring. 21(1), 129-146.

Solowiej, K., Tsvetanova, A., Hartnett, J. & Muse, K. (2016). Embedding employability in non-vocational undergraduate courses: A refection on practice across the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. 11, 44-46.

Steele, C., Solowiej, K., Sands, H., & Bicknell, A. (2014). Occupational Psychology. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.

Solowiej, K. (2014). Experiences of participating in an occupational themed symposium; a case study of males in two female-dominated occupations, are organisational interventions helping or hindering males to achieve career success as they define it? OP Matters. 21, 42-43.

Solowiej, K. (2013). Career success of males in female-dominated occupations. OP Matters. 20, 52-54.

Upton, D., Solowiej, K., & Woo, K. (2013). A multinational health professional perspective of the prevalence of mood disorders in patients with acute and chronic wounds. International Wound Journal. 1-8. doi: 10.1111/iwj.12018

Solowiej, K., & Upton, D. (2012). Painful dressing changes for chronic wounds: assessment and management. British Journal of Nursing. 21(20), S24-S28.

Upton, D., & Solowiej, K. (2012). The impact of atraumatic vs conventional dressings on pain and stress. Journal of Wound Care. 21(5), 209-215.

Upton, D., Solowiej, K., Hender, C., & Woo, K.Y. (2012). Stress and pain associated with dressing change in chronic wound patients. Journal of Wound Care. 21(2), 53-61.

Upton, D., Hender, C., & Solowiej, K. (2012). Mood disorders in patients with acute and chronic wounds: a health professional perspective. Journal of Wound Care. 21(1), 42-48.

Solowiej, K., & Upton, D. (2011). Using electronic voting systems (EVS) in conference settings for wound care professionals. Wounds UK. 7(1), 58-60.

Upton, D., & Solowiej, K. (2011). Psychosocial aspects of living with non-cancer-related lymphoedema. Nursing Standard. 25(33), 51-58.

Upton, D., Mason, V., Solowiej, K., et al. (2011). The experience of burnout across surgical specialties in the UK: a cross-sectional survey. Surgery. 9(35)

Upton, D., Upton, P., Solowiej, K. & Floyd, S. (2010). Evaluation of the Development of Compassionate Communities and Generating a Future Workforce Resource. Project Report. NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Solowiej, K., Upton, P., & Upton D. (2010). A scheme to support recruitment and retention of allied health professionals to hard to fill posts in rural areas. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 17(10), 545-552.

Solowiej, K. (2010). Take it easy: how the cycle of stress and pain associated with wound care affects recovery. Nursing and Residential Care. 12(9), 443-446.

Solowiej, K. (2010). Pain-induced stress in wound care, part 1. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants. 4(8), 384-386.

Solowiej, K., & Upton, D. (2010). Pain-induced stress in wound care, part 2: assessment and management. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants. 4(9), 1-4.

Solowiej, K., & Upton, D. (2010). The assessment and management of pain and stress in wound care. British Journal of Community Nursing. 15(6), s26-s33.

Upton, D., & Solowiej, K. (2010). Pain and stress as contributors to delayed wound healing. Wound Practice and Research. 18(3), 114-122.

Solowiej, K., Upton, P., & Upton, D. (2010). Supporting the transition from student to practitioner: a scheme to support the development of newly qualified health practitioners. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 17(9), 494-503.

Solowiej, K., & Upton, D. (2010). Acknowledging pain and stress in wound care. Nursing Times. 106(16), 21-23.

Solowiej, K., Mason, V., & Upton, D. (2010). Psychological stress and pain in wound care, part 3: management. Journal of Wound Care. 19(4), 153-155.

Solowiej, K., Mason, V., & Upton, D. (2010). Assessing and managing stress and pain in wound care: part 2, a review of pain and stress assessment tools. Journal of Wound Care. 19(3), 56-61.

Upton, D., Solowiej, K., & Mason, V. (2009). Pain and stress in wound care. European Review of Dermatology. September 2009, 43-49.

Solowiej, K., Mason, V., & Upton, D. (2009). Review of the relationship between stress and wound healing: part 1. Journal of Wound Care. 18 (9), 357-366.


I have expertise in supervising projects relating to occupational and coaching psychology. Some examples of recent projects I have supervised are;

  • An exploration of career changers' perceptions of the transformation process and how they recaptured career success.
  • An investigation of the materialisation of collaboration and complexity through discursive analysis of interagency meetings that consider needs and risks associated with vulnerable children.

  • Assessing the benefits of coaching psychology in enhancing student wellbeing and development.


I primarily teach on the MSc Occupational Psychology, MSc Psychology of Work and MSc Psychology distance learning programmes. I also contribute to the campus-based undergraduate psychology programme and I supervise masters dissertations and PhD projects.


Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

Chartered Coaching Psychologist

Chartered Scientist (The Science Council)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Division of Coaching Psychology Training and Education committee

AccessAbility Lead Tutor for PGT Psychology

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