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Organisational Psychology Research Group

Welcome to the Organisational Psychology Research Group

Our academic staff apply knowledge of organisational psychology to innovative research questions in areas relating to occupational health, selection and assessment, career development, and mindfulness in the workplace. We work directly with organisations, conducting research and consultancy to help make the most of people and practices at work.

About us

The Organisational Psychology Group is focused on producing high impact research that is rated as internationally excellent or world leading. The group benefits from expertise in the following applied areas:

  • mindfulness-based interventions in workplace settings
  • employee selection and assessment
  • coaching and career development
  • diversity in the workplace
  • employee well-being and resilience
  • individual differences
  • promotion of pro-environmental behaviour at work

As well as producing research in these areas, the group delivers a highly successful and long-standing MSc in Organisational Psychology which attracts some of the best applicants from within the UK and from overseas. Graduates of this course have gained employment as organisational consultants and researchers and operate in a variety of sectors. Reflecting the research profile of the group, several recent graduates from the MSc course have received prizes for research excellence from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Association for Business Psychology (ABP). For further details of the course please see MSc in Organisation Psychology.


We are a specialised academic research group, focused on research and consultancy in organisational psychology.

Academic staff

Dr Julia Yates Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and MSc Programme Director

Dr Paul Flaxman Reader in Occupational Psychology

Dr Lara Zibarras Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and Deputy MSc Programme Director

Dr Lynsey Mahmood Lecturer in Organisational Psychology

Dr Jutta Tobias Mortlock Lecturer in Organisational Psychology

Current PhD students

Shannon Horan (supervisor Dr Paul Flaxman)

Shannon's research interests centre around employee psychological and physical well-being and leisure time recovery. This includes perfectionism in the workplace and the psycho-physiological reactions to work-related stress. Shannon has been involved in projects investigating teachers’ experience of a half-term break and the impact of personal resilience training on employees.

Natalia Mladentseva  (supervisor Dr Lara Zibarras)

Natalia's research interests centre around psychometric assessments, entrepreneurship and workplace precariousness. Natalia’s current project is a collaboration with a UK-based micro-lending company and focuses on the development of a psychometric measure of creditworthiness.

She has a BSc in Psychology from UCL (2016) and an MSc in Organisational Psychology from City, University of London (2017).

Lucie Zernerova (Supervisor Dr Paul Flaxman)

Previous PhD students

Research associates

Honorary lecturers

Ross McIntosh

Suchi Pathak

Hayley Lewis

Dr Claire Stone



  • Dr Julia Yates new book 'The Career Coaching Toolkit' is available now. The book provides a practical guide to 34 effective and relevant career coaching techniques to help practitioners encourage, stretch and clarify their clients' thinking.

  • We are on Twitter! The OPG can be found @City_OrgPsych. Follow us for up-to-the-moment news and info from the team.

  • Dr Jutta Tobias joined our team in January 2018.


  • Congratulations to MSc graduates (2017) Charlotte Hermans and Natalia Mladentseva for prize winning dissertations.
    • Charlotte was awarded the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology student prise 2017, for her dissertation entitled: “Developing the HERO within change: A qualitative exploration of a psychological capital intervention in the context of organisational change”
    • Natalia won an ABP student dissertation prize for her dissertation: “Employee-driven workplaces: Exploring the mechanisms behind career adaptabilities, job crafting, and work engagement”
  • Dr. Lara Zibarras has recently secured a fully-funded 3-year PhD position beginning October 2017 (funding amount £66,000) from Oakam. The aim of this research is to develop a psychometric measure of “trustworthiness” to assess the likelihood that people will pay back loans. The ultimate aim of the psychometric measure is to diminish the dependency on the human underwriter and increase the reliability of the loan process.
  • In January 2017 two new members joined the OPG, Dr Julia Yates, who will take up the position of Programme Director for the MSc, and Dr Lynsey Mahmood.

Here’s what they had to say about their interests:

Julia:My particular area of interest is career choice. I spent the first 15 years of my career as a coach, trying to help various kinds of people – at schools, at university and in organisations, to make good career choices, but often felt that I wasn’t able to help people enough. I decided to change the focus of my work to teaching and research with the aim of finding better ways to do it. I’m currently writing a book which identifies and describes 50 evidence-based techniques which have been shown to be effective in career conversations, with the aim of broadening the range of tools at the disposal of career coaches. My own research is really taking the field back to basics, as I’m trying to explore the factors that make one occupation more appealing than another. This is taking me down all sorts of interesting paths – I never realised that shoes could be so influential in people’s careers!”

Lynsey:I recently finished my PhD at the University of Kent, where I studied the impact of brief mindfulness interventions on social judgements. I am particularly interested in the application of mindfulness and social psychology theory to organisational settings, especially for reducing bias. Other lines of research that I am working on look at links between organisational identity, motivation and employee behaviour. I recently looked at this in the context of virtual or home based working, which is becoming a real trend for organisations now, so there is a lot of interesting work to be done there! I am also interested in student perceptions of employability skill development, and how students differ to employers in their expectations of skill development and preparedness for work”