Researcher biography

I lived, worked, and studied psychology in Germany and Spain and completed my PhD in the UK (awarded from the University of Exeter) before taking up a position at The University of Queensland. I am Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology (CBOP) in UQ's School of Psychology. I am interested in psychological drivers that make groups and organisations fairer, more motivating, more effective, and healthier. My work focuses on social identity and team work processes in social and organisational contexts including leadership and followership, motivation and creativity, and health and well-being.

In my research, I use diverse methods — I have expertise in experimental and intervention studies, field and survey research, archival methods, psychometric and scale development research, and meta-analysis.

In 2017, I won the APS Workplace Excellence Award for Leadership Development (together with Alex Haslam and Kim Peters) for our work with industry partners on the 5R program that seeks to help leaders to develop their leadership ability and enhance team functioning and well-being. In 2018, I was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), a research fellowship, from the Australian Research Council.