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Dr Lara Zibarras

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

Contact Information


Visit Lara Zibarras

D431, Rhind Building


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Zibarras became a lecturer in the Organisational Psychology Group at City University London in 2008, and is currently Deputy Programme Director of City's MSc in Organisational Psychology.

She joined City in 2004 as a research assistant and then in 2005 started her PhD, during which time she had various course related responsibilities including teaching and dissertation supervision. Prior to her PhD she held diverse roles from training and development, IT manager and independent consultant (working for a range of public and private sector organisations).

Dr Zibarras is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist; a member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and the Going Green in the Workplace working group; and the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is also a BPS accredited assessor for Level A & B certificates in occupational psychometric testing.

Since 2004 Dr Zibarras has been involved in a number of consultancy projects which have included:
- Developing risk questionnaires (2009-2012)
- Evaluation of selection processes and methods from an applicant's perspective, for a local council and medical / dental deaneries (2007-2009)
- Gender perceptions in occupations (2007)
- Development of appraisal tools for a small market research company (2006-2007)
- The design and validation of selection tools for a leading, medium sized recruitment consultancy (2006)
- The development and validation of innovation selection tools in a large, multinational organisation (2005)
- Design, development and evaluation of a database training course in a medium sized organisation (2004-2005)
- Development of database and website interfaces for a property company, using user-centred and usability design techniques (2004-2005)

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology, 2006 – present
  2. Division of Occupational Psychology, 2004 – present


Dr Zibarras' research interests lie broadly within selection, innovation and sustainability in the workplace. Her PhD research focused on the applicant perspective in selection and examined the determinants of application fairness perceptions in high-stakes selection settings. She has recently been awarded funding for a research programme focused on high-stakes selection and assessment (2011-2012). She has also been involved in a number of innovation research projects, including an examination of the relationship between innovation and personality characteristics, and funded research (by Nestlé UK) exploring how to select innovators.

Dr Zibarras is currently directing research funded by the Richard Benjamin Trust, examining the role of psychological theories in explaining why employees engage (or don't) in pro-environmental workplace behaviours (2011-2012). This builds on previous research exploring the barriers and facilitators to pro-environmental behaviour at work.

Research Students

Antonio Pangallo
Thesis Title
Measurement of resilience
Further Information
Date of start Sept 2011.



  1. Lewis, R. and Zibarras, L. (2013). Work and occupational psychology: integrating theory and practice. SAGE.

Chapters (2)

  1. Patterson, F., Kerrin, M. and Zibarras, L. (2012). Employee innovation. In Pitsis, T.S., Simpson, A. and Dehlin, E. (Eds.), (pp. 163–188). EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD.
  2. Zibarras, L. and Ballinger, C. Promoting environmental behaviour in the workplace: a survey of UK organisations. In Bartlett, D. (Ed.), The Psychology of Sustainability in the Workplace Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (5)

  1. Zibarras, L. (2014). Exploring the drivers of energy-related behaviour in an Organisation. BEHAVE September, Oxford, UK.
  2. Zibarras, L. and Patterson, F. (2011). Using attribution theory to explore the psychological outcomes of high stakes selection. Division of Occupational Psychology conference January, Warwickshire, England.
  3. Zibarras, L. and Patterson, F. (2010). The role of job relatedness and self-efficacy in applicant fairness perceptions in a high-stakes selection setting. Institute of Work Psychology conference June, Sheffield, England.
  4. Greaves, M. and Zibarras, L. (2010). Using psychological theory to reduce energy consumption in the workplace. Energy in the City Conference June, London.
  5. Zibarras, L. and Patterson, F. (2009). Applicant reactions, perceived fairness and ethnic differences in a live, high-stakes selection context. Division of Occupational Psychology Conference January, Blackpool, England.

Journal Articles (25)

  1. Woringer, M., Nielsen, J.J., Zibarras, L., Evason, J., Kassianos, A.P., Harris, M., Majeed, A. and Soljak, M. (2017). Development of a questionnaire to evaluate patients' awareness of cardiovascular disease risk in England's National Health Service Health Check preventive cardiovascular programme. BMJ Open, 7(9) . doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014413.
  2. Zibarras, L., Patterson, F. and Driver, R. (2017). A future research agenda for selection into healthcare. European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe . doi:10.1111/eje.12279.
  3. Patterson, F., Cousans, F., Coyne, I., Jones, J., MacLeod, S. and Zibarras, L. (2017). A preliminary investigation to explore the cognitive resources of physicians experiencing difficulty in training. BMC Medical Education, 17(1) . doi:10.1186/s12909-017-0918-z.
  4. Patterson, F. and Zibarras, L.D. (2017). Selecting for creativity and innovation potential: implications for practice in healthcare education. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(2), pp. 417–428. doi:10.1007/s10459-016-9731-4.
  5. Pangallo, A., Zibarras, L. and Patterson, F. (2016). Measuring resilience in palliative care workers using the situational judgement test methodology. Medical Education, 50(11), pp. 1131–1142. doi:10.1111/medu.13072.
  6. Patterson, F., Prescott-Clements, L., Zibarras, L., Edwards, H., Kerrin, M. and Cousans, F. (2016). Recruiting for values in healthcare: a preliminary review of the evidence. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 21(4), pp. 859–881. doi:10.1007/s10459-014-9579-4.
  7. Patterson, F., Zibarras, L. and Ashworth, V. (2016). Situational judgement tests in medical education and training: Research, theory and practice: AMEE Guide No. 100. Medical teacher, 38(1), pp. 3–17. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2015.1072619.
  8. Zibarras, L., Cousans, F. and Patterson, F. (2016). Trait and gender differences in personality: Implications for GP training and future research. Education for Primary Care, 27(3), pp. 214–216. doi:10.1080/14739879.2016.1166071.
  9. Zibarras, L.D. and Coan, P. (2015). HRM practices used to promote pro-environmental behavior: a UK survey. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(16), pp. 2121–2142. doi:10.1080/09585192.2014.972429.
  10. Pangallo, A., Lewis, R., Zibarras, and Flaxman, (2014). Resilience through the lens of interactionism: A Systematic Review. Psychological Assessment . doi:10.1037/pas0000024.
  11. Patterson, F., Zibarras, L., Kerrin, M., Lopes, S. and Price, R. (2014). Development of competency models for assessors and simulators in high-stakes selection processes. Medical Teacher, 36(12), pp. 1082–1085. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2014.930112.
  12. Greaves, M., Zibarras, L.A.R.A. and Stride, C. (2013). Using the theory of planned behavior to explore environmental behavioral intentions in the workplace. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34, pp. 109–120. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.02.003.
  13. Patterson, F., Lievens, F., Kerrin, M., Zibarras, L.A.R.A. and Carette, B. (2012). Designing Selection Systems for Medicine: The importance of balancing predictive and political validity in high-stakes selection contexts. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 20(4), pp. 486–496. doi:10.1111/ijsa.12011.
  14. Woods, S.A., Poole, R. and Zibarras, L.D. (2012). Employee absence and organizational commitment: Moderation effects of age. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 11(4), pp. 199–203. doi:10.1027/1866-5888/a000073.
  15. Patterson, F., Ashworth, V., Zibarras, L., Coan, P., Kerrin, M. and O'Neill, P. (2012). Evaluations of situational judgement tests to assess non-academic attributes in selection. Med Educ, 46(9), pp. 850–868. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2012.04336.x.
  16. Holman, D., Totterdell, P., Axtell, C., Stride, C., Port, R., Svensson, R. and Zibarras, L. (2012). Job Design and the Employee Innovation Process: The Mediating Role of Learning Strategies. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27(2), pp. 177–191. doi:10.1007/s10869-011-9242-5.
  17. Koczwara, A., Patterson, F., Zibarras, L., Kerrin, M., Irish, B. and Wilkinson, M. (2012). Evaluating cognitive ability, knowledge tests and situational judgement tests for postgraduate selection. Med Educ, 46(4), pp. 399–408. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04195.x.
  18. Patterson, F., Zibarras, L., Carr, V., Irish, B. and Gregory, S. (2011). Evaluating candidate reactions to selection practices using organisational justice theory. Med Educ, 45(3), pp. 289–297. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2010.03808.x.
  19. Holman, D., Totterdell, P., Axtell, C., Stride, C., Port, R., Svensson, R. and Zibarras, L. (2011). Job Design and the Employee Innovation Process: The Mediating Role of Learning Strategies. Journal of Business and Psychology pp. 1–15.
  20. Patterson, F. and Zibarras, L. (2011). Exploring the construct of perceived job discrimination in selection. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19(3), pp. 251–257.
  21. Wyatt, M.R.R., Pathak, S.B. and Zibarras, L.D. (2010). Advancing selection in an SME: Is best practice methodology applicable? International Small Business Journal, 28(3), pp. 258–273. doi:10.1177/0266242609350815.
  22. Zibarras, L.A.R.A. and Woods, S. (2010). A survey of UK selection practices across different organization sizes and industry sectors. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 83(2), pp. 499–511. doi:10.1348/096317909X425203.
  23. Patterson, F., Carr, V., Zibarras, L., Burr, B., Berkin, L., Plint, S., Irish, B. and Gregory, S. (2009). New machine-marked tests for selection into core medical training: evidence from two validation studies. Clin Med (Lond), 9(5), pp. 417–420.
  24. Zibarras, L.D., Port, R.L. and Woods, S.A. (2008). Innovation and the 'dark side' of personality: Dysfunctional traits and their relation to self-reported innovative characteristics. Journal of Creative Behavior, 42(3), pp. 201–215.
  25. Inceoglu, I., Gasteiger, R.M., Anderson, N., Bartram, D., Port, R., Zibarras, L. and Woods, S. (2008). Are conscientious individuals less innovative? On the interplay of personality and innovation potential. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 43(3-4), pp. 585–585.

Practitioner Article

  1. (2009). General Practice Update. Creative problem-solving at work, pp. 48–52

Other Activities

Online Article

  1. Managers failing to encourage ‘green’ behaviour at work. (2011).