Graeme Ditchburn  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Graeme Ditchburn
    BSc(Hons), MSc (Occ & Org Psych.), PhD, CPsychol

    Academic Chair - Organisational Psychology

    About me

    Prior to joining Murdoch University I oversaw research on employee attitudes, behaviour and organisational culture on behalf of Towers Perrin-ISR (Europe).  Examples of research initiatives include:

    • Employee engagement and performance, work-life balance and well-being
    • Expatriate adjustment and cultural congruency
    • Employer brand and organisational culture
    • Cultural alignment and strategic success
    • Ethical organisational cultures
    • Diversity and employee engagement

    From 2001 I was also an associate lecturer in occupational and organisational psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London.


    Teaching area

    I currently co-ordinate a number of units at undergraduate and postgraduate levels relating to organisational psychology and psychological assessment. These include PSY598: Advanced Psychological Assessment; and PSY570 Organisational Psychology: Internal Practicum.

    Research areas

    My research interests are focused on the interplay between the employee are the organisation. Particular areas of interest include determinants of employee and organisational performance, organisational change, resilience, expatriate adjustment,  organisational culture and values and engagement.

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Past HDR Supervision

    Shawn Ee – (2018) The impact of attachment to substance in substance dependent individuals’ psychotherapy relationships: An exploratory mixed-methods study

    Matthew Walford (2016) – Leader and Follower Thinking Styles and their respective relationships to preferences for follower and leader traits and behaviours, and the effectiveness of leader-follower relationships.

    Ali Burston (2013) – Why do people participate in health and well-being programs? An intensive triangulated case study

    Current HDR Supervision

    Libby Brook – Recovery in Common Roster Schedules: the impact of work and social factors

    Patricia Cain – Quantification of Obesity and Fat Discourses: The Development and Validation of Multidimensional Measures

    Karen Connell – The role of empathy in the psychological distress of veterinarians

    Lynda Folan – The relationship between self-concept and leadership style

    Joseph Gauci – A New Framework and Measure for Assessing Personality Traits in the Corporate Workplace

    Ju-dith Gildenhuys – Animal assisted therapy – efficacy and relationships

    Tracey Hancock – Leadership, personality and stress

    Olivia Monson – Body of Evidence: size and identity in the ‘obesity epidemic’

    Melinda Nicola – Psychological Stressors in the Pain Experience – The Development of a Pain-validation Scale

    Renee Seebohm – Defining and Developing a Test of Workplace Moral Integrity

    James Serpesedes – The Development of The BRAVE model of Leadership

    Moon Zhou – Cross-cultural adjustment: A study of Chinese expatriates from Chinese Multinationals

    External Supervision

    Charmaine Hugo – Understanding Mental Fitness Using a Constructivist Grounded Theory Approach – Notre Dame


    Nicola, M., Correia, H., Ditchburn, G., & Drummond, P. (2019). Invalidation of chronic pain: a thematic analysis of pain narratives. Disability and rehabilitation, 1-9.

    Miller, P., Brook, L., Stomski, N. J., Ditchburn, G., & Morrison, P. (2019). Suicide risk and social support in Australian resource sector employees: A cross¿sectional study. Journal of community psychology47(3), 652-662.

    Miller, P., Brook, L., Stomski, N. J., Ditchburn, G., & Morrison, P. (2019).  Depression, suicide risk, and workplace bullying: a comparative study of fly-in, fly-out and residential resource workers in Australia. Australian Health Review -

    Shen, L., van Schie, J., Ditchburn, G., Brook, L., & Bei, B. (2018). Positive and Negative Emotions: Differential Associations with Sleep Duration and Quality in Adolescents. Journal of youth and adolescence47(12), 2584-2595.

    Nguyen, T., Fidock, J., & Ditchburn, G. (2018). The Role of Rejection within the Trust Calibration Process: Insights from a Mixed-Methods Human-Robot Teaming Experiment.

    Neumeier, L., Brook, E., Ditchburn*, G., Sckopke, P., (2017), Delivering your daily dose of well-being to the workplace: a randomized controlled trial of an online well-being programme for employees, European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology,  DOI:10.1080/1359432X.2017.1320281

    Cain, P., Donaghue, N., & Ditchburn, G. (2016). Concerns, culprits, counsel, and conflict: A thematic analysis of “obesity” and fat discourse in digital news media. Fat Studies, 1-19.

    Ditchburn, G., & Brook, E. R. (2015). Cross-cultural adjustment and fundamental interpersonal relations orientation behaviour (FIRO-B). Journal of Global Mobility3(4), 336-349.

    Ditchburn, G., Hames, K., (2014), Voice Climate Perceptions: A Multidimensional Model as a Determinant of Affective Commitment, Work Engagement, Neglect and Exit, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Organisational Psychology, 7, 3, pages 1 – 9.

    Ditchburn, G.J. (1996). Cross-cultural adjustment and psychoticism . Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 21(2).

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