Ms Amy Armstrong

Ms Amy Armstrong
Ms Amy Armstrong

Part-time PhD student

Work & Organisational Psychology Group

Name:  Amy Armstrong

Nationality:  British


BA (Hons), MBA

Academic Group Affilliation:

Work & Organisational Psychology Group, Aston University, UK

Year of Entry:  2008

Thesis Title:

Personal trauma as a formative development experience: A narrative perspective (working title)

Research Keywords:

Positive psychology, positive organisational behaviour, personal narratives

Research Description:

This doctoral study aims to understand how the experience of personal trauma (e.g. critical illness, bereavement, disability) may impact the way individuals think and behave at work. This study also aims to uncover the characteristics of compassionate workplaces that support individuals to learn and develop from their trauma.

This is an interdisciplinary research project which brings together scholarly work from the fields of positive psychology, narrative research and positive organisational behaviour and examines them through a management lens. Personal narratives are being gathered from people who have experienced personal trauma to explore how their experience may have impacted the way they view themselves and their work. These personal narratives are being enriched by accounts from 'workplace witnesses' (work-based individuals nominated by the participant, such as colleagues, subordinates or line managers), who can talk from a third party perspective about any changes they may have seen in the individual concerned at work post-trauma.

The outcomes of this research have the potential to impact leaders and HR professionals who are interested in fostering compassionate and positive workplaces. Equally, leaders and HR professionals who are concerned with the potential connections between levels of support for individuals post-trauma and their subsequent development and egagement at work.


Dr Michael Butler, Senior Lecturer, Work & Organisationaol Psychology Group, Aston University, UK

Prof Michael West, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, Aston University, UK

Conferences and Other Presentations:

Personal trauma as a formative leadership development experience
"Leadership in Crisis", 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership, Birmingham, 7 - 8 December 2009.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research