Thomas Rhys Evans

Tom is a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology and PhD Student in the School of Psychological, Social & Behavioural Sciences. Tom studied as an undergraduate student at Coventry University where he conducted research on the organisational consequences of workplace humour. Tom now works with a number of internal and external collaborators on research projects over a wide range of topics, including: emotional intelligence, meaningful work, humour, individual differences, workplace frustration, 0-hour contracts, and workplace praise. Tom also has applied research projects with West Midlands Fire Service, HM Rye Hill, West Midlands Police Service, and other commercial organisations. Tom is currently studying for his PhD, which is exploring the impact of an emotional intelligence intervention upon university student employability, adaptability and academic performance, supervised by Dr Gail Steptoe-Warren, Dr David Hughes, Dr Rebecca Jenks and Professor Clare Wood. Tom is a link tutor for the Business Psychology MSc at the Colombo Institute for Research and Psychology in Sri Lanka and an active member of various research groups. Tom encourages anyone interested in his work to get in touch.

  • Evans, T.R., Steptoe-Warren, G., and Hughes, D. (2015) ‘Towards an Integrated Model of Affective Individual Differences’. British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences Conference.  held 10th April at Kent University
  • Evans, T.R., and Steptoe-Warren, G. (2015) ‘Why do word blends with near-synonymous composites exist and persist? The case of guesstimate, chillax, ginormous and confuzzled’. Psychology of Language and Communication 19 (1)
  • Ward, S., Evans, T.R., and Steptoe-Warren, G. (2015) 'Trait Emotional Intelligence and the Antecedents, Communication and Impact of Workplace Frustration'. British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference. held 7-9 January at Glasgow. Available from http://tinyurl.com/owzvod8
  • Evans, T.R., and Steptoe-Warren, G. (2015) 'Emotional Intelligence Measurement: Misunderstanding and Misuse'. Assessment and Development Matters 7 (1), 9-12.
  • Evans, T.R., and Steptoe-Warren, G. (2015) 'Revolutionising Constructs in Occupational Psychology: What do we really know about...? Emotional Intelligence'. British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference. held 7-9 January at Glasgow. Available from http://tinyurl.com/n7wf2lz
  • Evans, T.R., and Steptoe-Warren, G. (2015) 'A Cluster Analysis of Managerial Humour Tendencies: Identifying the Workplace Consequences of the Aggressive Manager'. British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference. held 7-9 January at Glasgow. Available from http://tinyurl.com/l6wap7h
  • Evans, T.R. (2014) 'Bridging the Gap between the Social Identity Approach and the New Psychology of Leadership: Preliminary Findings from an Applied Experiment'. British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference. held 9-11 September at Canterbury Christ Church University. Available from http://tinyurl.com/p2vjfvr
  • Evans, T.R., Goodman, S. and Jowett, A. (2014) 'The Big Fat (Hetero) Sexist Quiz of the Year'. British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference. held 9-11 July at Windsor. Available from http://tinyurl.com/kjl5nbj
  • Evans, T.R., and Steptoe-Warren, G. (2014) ‘Emotional Intelligence Matters’. Occupational Psychology Matters 23, 37-40.
  • Percy, C., Chen, Y.F., Bibi, A., Coles-Jordan, D., Dodson, E., Evans, T.R., Klingberg, D., and van der Bruggen, M. (2011) ‘The contribution of human psychology to disaster management: mitigation, advance preparedness, response and recovery’. in Disaster Management and Human Health Risk II. ed. by Brebbia, C.A., Kassab, A.J., and Divo, E.A. Southampton: WIT Press, 195-208
  • An Exploration of Behavioural Patterns During a Fire Scenario. The current exploratory project aims to assess the behavioural patterns and decision-making of persons within a domestic fire scenario. The research is being carried out with a view to estimating how individual differences in response to a fire might influence the relationship between fire attendance times and severity of injury, rate of fatalities, and the extent of property damage.
  • Emotional Intelligence, Intelligence & Personality: An Integrated Model of Affect-Based Individual Differences. The aim of the current research is to validate the integration of emotional intelligence (EI), intelligence, and personality, to produce a comprehensive model of affective individual differences. The current study will break down EI into three separate constructs (traits, cognitive abilities and competencies) as recommended by the literature, and explore whether situating these within existing frameworks of individual differences is possible and effective in explaining behaviour.
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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
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