Prof Fiona Patterson recently delivered a keynote addressing the issues surrounding Occupational Psychology in a Changing World. Prof Patterson discussed the future of Occupational Psychology and the importance of demonstrating the value of our profession to society. She argued the means to achieving this should be by influencing both corporate and international governmental policy agendas.
Prof Patterson described the long-term portfolio of work carried out by Work Psychology Group on developing methods for selection and assessment of doctors, which has had a fundamental impact on policy development in the UK. Specifically, she focused on our work on the design and validation of selection methodologies for General Practitioners, including amongst others, Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs).
Prof Patterson also discussed her personal career path to becoming an Occupational Psychologist from waitressing whilst at University; through to Government advisory work at the Department of Health in Whitehall. Having worked as both a consultant psychologist and as an academic, Prof Patterson highlighted some of the critical incidents that have contributed to her professional development as an Occupational Psychologist in a constantly changing world.