Dr Heather Douglas
School of Psychology
I completed my PhD in March of 2014 at the University of Newcastle, on the mechanisms by which personality traits translate into behaviour through values, goals, and vocational interests. I am an interdisciplinary applied psychologist with expertise in individual differences assessment and measurement. This includes both intelligence and personality assessment in particular. I have a special interest in the assessment and validation of decision-making style measures in organisational psychology, particularly how individuals enhance or conversely handicap their career progression. I have also applied my expertise to assessing the impact of diversification of higher education populations on academic outcomes, multi-tasking in healthcare professionals, community aged care service provision, and using technology to hack the learning process.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle
- Assessment and Selection
Fields of Research
|170107||Industrial and Organisational Psychology||25|
|170109||Personality, Abilities and Assessment||50|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Lecturer||University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|11/04/2016 - 30/11/2018||
Lecturer in Psychology
Lecturer in Psychology, Murdoch Singapore Campus. Primary responsibilities included the development and introduction of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology Program at the Murdoch Singapore Campus, teaching into the undergraduate psychology programs offered by Murdoch Singapore, and research and HDR supervision as required.
School of Psychology and Exercise Science
|1/11/2014 - 18/03/2016||
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Development of research strengths in aged care, particularly the use of indicators of social participation to demonstrate aged care quality. The role also included the development of research evidence to examine multi-tasking among healthcare providers and the impact of this multi-tasking on subsequent patient care tasks.
Australian Institute of Health Innovation
|9/12/2013 - 31/10/2014||
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
The University of New South Wales, Australian Institute of Health Innovation (same
|The University of New South Wales
Australian Institute of Health Innovation
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (21 outputs)
Cunningham ML, Douglas H, Boag S, 'General mental ability moderates the link between confidence and integrity test scores', Personality and Individual Differences, 123 94-99 (2018)
Westbrook JI, Raban MZ, Walter SR, Douglas H, 'Task errors by emergency physicians are associated with interruptions, multitasking, fatigue and working memory capacity: a prospective, direct observation study', BMJ Quality & Safety, 27 655-663 (2018)
Rubin JM, Scevak J, Southgate E, Macqueen S, Williams P, Douglas H, 'Older women, deeper learning, and greater satisfaction at university: Age and gender predict university students¿ learning approach and degree satisfaction.', Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11 82-96 (2018) [C1]
Douglas H, McCormack LM, Rose D, 'The Psychometric Properties of Cognitive Confidence: Structure across Cultures in Working Adult Samples.', The Journal of Psychology and Cognition., 1 81-90 (2016) [C1]
Douglas HE, Bore M, Munro D, 'Openness and Intellect: An analysis of the motivational constructs underlying two aspects of personality', Personality and Individual Differences, 99 242-253 (2016) [C1]
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Openness to Experience has been shown to subsume two aspects called Openness and Intellect. The aim of this study was to examine the discriminant validity of ... [more]
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Openness to Experience has been shown to subsume two aspects called Openness and Intellect. The aim of this study was to examine the discriminant validity of Openness and Intellect in their relationship to Values, Interests, and Major Life Goals. Participants were 893 adults recruited into three studies who completed an online survey consisting of the Big Five Aspect Scales, Schwartz's Values, Holland's Interests, and Major Life Goals. Openness positively predicted Universalism Values in Study 1, and both Artistic Interests and Aesthetic Major Life Goals in all three samples. In contrast, Intellect was not significantly predictive of Values, Interests and Major Life Goals in any of the three studies. The implications of these findings for the discriminant validity of the two aspects are discussed.
Douglas HE, Bore M, Munro D, 'Coping with University Education: The relationships of Time Management Behaviour and Work Engagement with the Five Factor Model Aspects', Learning and Individual Differences, 45 268-274 (2016) [C1]
© 2015 Elsevier Inc. We examined the construct validity of time management behaviour and work engagement, defined as a positive work-related state of mind. Two-hundred and eighty-... [more]
© 2015 Elsevier Inc. We examined the construct validity of time management behaviour and work engagement, defined as a positive work-related state of mind. Two-hundred and eighty-one participants completed the Time Management Behaviour Scale, the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale - Student Version, and the Big Five Aspect Scales. Linear regression analyses revealed that time management behaviour was positively predicted by the Conscientiousness aspects, Industriousness and Orderliness. Work engagement variables were also predicted by Industriousness, and both aspects of Openness/Intellect. Openness significantly predicted vigor and dedication, while Intellect predicted absorption. These findings indicate that those higher in both time management behaviour and work engagement are more likely to use time effectively and minimise distractions. While individuals higher on time management behaviour are more likely to work in an orderly fashion, individuals higher in work engagement might be quicker to understand information. The implications for supporting students at university to learn more effectively are discussed in light of these findings.
Southgate E, Douglas H, Scevak J, MacQueen S, Rubin JM, Lindell C, 'The academic outcomes of first-in-family in an Australian university: An exploratory study.', International Studies in Widening Participation, 1 31-45 (2014) [C1]
Douglas HE, Bore MR, Munro D, 'Distinguishing the dark triad: Evidence from the five-factor model and the Hogan Development Survey', Psychology, 3 237-242 (2012) [C1]
Douglas HE, Bore MR, Munro D, 'Construct validity of a two-factor model of psychopathy', Psychology, 3 243-248 (2012) [C1]
Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Douglas HE, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Williamson A, Barker DJ, 'Cutting the research pie: A value-weighting approach to explore perceptions about psychosocial research priorities for adults with haematological cancers', European Journal of Cancer Care, 20 345-353 (2011) [C1]
Carey ML, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell S, Douglas HE, 'Patient or treatment centre? Where are efforts invested to improve cancer patients' psychosocial outcomes?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 20 152-162 (2011) [C1]
Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Douglas HE, Webb G, 'Are we there yet? The state of the evidence base for guidelines on breaking bad news to cancer patients', European Journal of Cancer, 45 2960-2966 (2009) [C1]
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Conference (6 outputs)
Douglas H, Bore MR, Munro D, 'An exploration of the correlates of Openness and Intellect', Travelodge Hotel, Newcastle (2014)
Douglas H, Bore MR, Munro D, 'The Five-Factor Theory and its Contribution to Organisational Culture, Academic Achievement, and Degree Choice', Griffith University South Bank Campus (2013)
Douglas HE, Bore MR, Munro D, 'The five factor theory of personality: An empirical investigation', Conference Proceedings: 2011 Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [E3]
Bore MR, Munro D, Bridge PC, Douglas HE, Powis DA, 'A comparison of three personality trait models and the implications for selection into the medical and allied health professions', Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia (2010) [E3]
|2010||Douglas HE, 'The construct validity of the two factor model of psychopathy', Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]|
Douglas HE, Bore MR, Munro D, 'Integrating adaptive and pathological traits: The role of the Dark Triad', 8th Australasian Conference on Personality & Individual Differences (ACPID09): Conference Program, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
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Report (1 outputs)
Scevak J, Southgate E, Rubin, Macqueen S, Douglas H, Williams P, Southgate EL, 'Equity Groups and Predictors of Academic Success in Higher Education.', National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) Curtin University, 19 (2015) [R1]
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||2|
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20161 grants / $34,300
Innovation Catalyst for the Community Mental Health Intervention Team (COMIT) and the UBK Health Oriented Ageing (HOA) Community Ecosystem$34,300
This funding was received to conduct a case study on the Innovation and Collaboration Practices of O'Joy Care Services in Singapore. This case study was conducted through the lens of integrated care on O'Joy's delivery of mental health and social participation for older adults in the Upper Boon Keng region of Singapore. The final workshop on this case study was designed to enhance learning for non-profit organisations and leaders in this provision of community aged care services. A culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration was discussed, including best-practices for better service provision to older adults in the community. A case study report was also produced from the program of work.
Douglas, H.E., Tay, G., Bali, A.S., & Vas, C. (2016). Innovation Catalyst for the Community Mental Health Intervention Team (COMIT) and the UBK Health Oriented Ageing (HOA) Community Ecosystem. Toteboard: Case Study Collaborator.
Funding body: Tote Board
|Funding body||Tote Board|
Douglas H, Bali A, Vas C
|Scheme||Tote Board Case Study Collaborator|
|Type Of Funding||C3212 - International Not for profit|
20141 grants / $54,700
Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
|Funding body||National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)|
Doctor Jill Scevak, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Suzanne MacQueen, Associate Professor Mark Rubin, Dr Heather Douglas
|Scheme||Research Grants Program|
|Type Of Funding||C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose|