Dr Heather Douglas

Dr Heather Douglas


School of Psychology

Career Summary


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
  • Intelligence
  • Personality
  • Psychometrics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170103 Educational Psychology 25
170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology 25
170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Psychology

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2014 - 18/3/2016 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.

Macquarie University
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 
employer moved the entire research group to Macquarie University in November of 2014)

The University of New South Wales
Australian Institute of Health Innovation
11/4/2016 - 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.

Murdoch University
School of Psychology and Exercise Science


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (21 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 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)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2017.11.004
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)
DOI 10.1136/bmjqs-2017-007333
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]
DOI 10.1037/dhe0000042
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Suzanne Macqueen, Mark Rubin, Jill Scevak
2017 Walter SR, Raban MZ, Dunsmuir WTM, Douglas HE, Westbrook JI, 'Emergency doctors' strategies to manage competing workload demands in an interruptive environment: An observational workflow time study', Applied Ergonomics, 58 454-460 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.07.020
2017 Douglas HE, Raban MZ, Walter SR, Westbrook JI, 'Improving our understanding of multi-tasking in healthcare: Drawing together the cognitive psychology and healthcare literature', Applied Ergonomics, 59 45-55 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.08.021
2017 Douglas H, Georgiou A, Westbrook J, 'Social participation as an indicator of successful aging: an overview of concepts and their associations with health', Australian Health Review, 41 455-455 (2017)
DOI 10.1071/ah16038
2017 Borotkanics R, Rowe C, Georgiou A, Douglas H, Makeham M, Westbrook J, 'Changes in the profile of Australians in 77 residential aged care facilities across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory', Australian Health Review, 41 613-613 (2017)
DOI 10.1071/ah16125
2017 Douglas HE, Georgiou A, Tariq A, Prgomet M, Warland A, Armour P, Westbrook JI, 'Implementing Information and Communication Technology to Support Community Aged Care Service Integration: Lessons from an Australian Aged Care Provider', International Journal of Integrated Care, 17 (2017)
DOI 10.5334/ijic.2437
2016 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]
Co-authors Lynne Mccormack
2016 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.

DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.030
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Miles Bore
2016 Lehnbom EC, Douglas HE, Makeham MAB, 'Positive beliefs and privacy concerns shape the future for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record', Internal Medicine Journal, 46 108-111 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/imj.12956
2016 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.

DOI 10.1016/j.lindif.2015.12.004
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Miles Bore
2015 Tariq A, Douglas HE, Smith C, Georgiou A, Osmond T, Armour P, Westbrook JI, 'A Descriptive Analysis of Incidents Reported by Community Aged Care Workers', Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37 859-876 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/0193945914562615
2015 Raban MZ, Walter SR, Douglas HE, Strumpman D, Mackenzie J, Westbrook JI, 'Measuring the relationship between interruptions, multitasking and prescribing errors in an emergency department: a study protocol: Table 1', BMJ Open, 5 e009076-e009076 (2015)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009076
2014 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]
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Mark Rubin, Jill Scevak, Suzanne Macqueen
2012 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]
DOI 10.4236/psych.2012.33033
Co-authors Miles Bore
2012 Douglas HE, Bore MR, Munro D, 'Construct validity of a two-factor model of psychopathy', Psychology, 3 243-248 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.4236/psych.2012.33034
Co-authors Miles Bore
2011 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01188.x
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Daniel Barker, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2011 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01211.x
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2009 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.ejca.2009.08.013
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 49
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Chris Paul
Prgomet M, Douglas HE, Tariq A, Georgiou A, Armour P, Westbrook JI, 'The Work of Front Line Community Aged Care Staff and the Impact of a Changing Policy Landscape and Consumer-Directed Care', British Journal of Social Work, bcw112-bcw112
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcw112
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Douglas H, Bore MR, Munro D, 'An exploration of the correlates of Openness and Intellect', Travelodge Hotel, Newcastle (2014)
Co-authors Miles Bore
2013 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)
Co-authors Miles Bore
2011 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]
Co-authors Miles Bore
2010 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]
Co-authors Miles Bore
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]
2009 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]
Co-authors Miles Bore
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 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]
Co-authors Jill Scevak, Mark Rubin, Suzanne Macqueen, Erica Southgate

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 3
Total funding $118,953

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20191 grants / $29,953

2020 Women in Research [WIR] Fellowship $29,953

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Heather Douglas
Scheme Women in Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1901347
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

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
Project Team

Douglas H, Bali A, Vas C

Scheme Tote Board Case Study Collaborator
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
Type Of Funding C3212 - International Not for profit
Category 3212

20141 grants / $54,700

Equity groups and predictors of academic success in higher education$54,700

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team

Doctor Jill Scevak, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Suzanne MacQueen, Associate Professor Mark Rubin, Dr Heather Douglas

Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110

Dr Heather Douglas


School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email heather.douglas@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8773
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Room W253
Building Behavioural Science - W
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308