Dr Rachael Skews

Staff details

Position Programme Director, MSc Occupational Psychology
Email r.skews (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7296 4218
Dr Rachael Skews

Rachael is a lecturer in occupational psychology at the Institute of Management Studies. Her core research area is contextual behavioural science in coaching psychology. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Special Group for Coaching Psychology, and the Honorary Secretary of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Before joining the Institute, Rachael was a business consultant for UK and international organisations, working with clients from a range of industries and sectors. Her consultancy experience encompasses talent development, assessment, leadership development, coaching, career management, stress management and wellbeing in the workplace.

Rachael is the module co-ordinator for the professional and applied research skills module, and the assessment and selection module.

She also contributes to departmental training in research methods; specifically around epistemological issues in research methodology, conducting discourse analysis, and evidence-based practice for scientist-practitioners.

Academic qualifications

  • BA in Philosophy
  • BSc in Psychology
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology

Areas of Supervision 

  • Behavioural science
  • Coaching psychology
  • Applied differential psychology (particularly values and motivation)
  • Organisational behaviour and health

Research Interests

Rachael’s doctorial research focuses on contextual behavioural science in coaching interventions. This includes investigating the mechanisms of change in coaching and the role of psychological flexibility in behaviour change. 

Her wider research interests include:

  • Behavioural science
  • Cognitive behavioural coaching and rational coaching
  • Organisational behaviour and analytics
  • Health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Applied differential psychology
  • Leadership effectiveness



Conference or Workshop Item

Skews, Rachael. 2014. 'Exploring the impact of acceptance and commitment coaching on psychological flexibility, wellbeing and performance'. In: British Psychological Society Special group in Coaching Psychology. London, United Kingdom 11-12th December, 2014.


Skews, Rachael. 2018. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Informed Coaching: Examining Outcomes and Mechanisms of Change. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London