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I am an organisational psychologist with over 20 years of research and practice expertise in the measurement and management of employee wellbeing and its correlates. I have received awards for my teaching as well as for my research. I have helped develop and validate workplace wellbeing assessment tools. I also deliver professional workshops, write expert reports, provide consulting services, and speak at public events.  

Research interests

My research career has revolved around work design and the ways that job characteristics affect employees. My primary interest at the moment is in the mechanisms (such as stress appraisal) that link job characteristics to employee wellbeing, attitudes and behaviours. I am attempting to answer such questions as, "What determines whether an employee sees a workplace demand as a positive challenge?" 

Community engagement

I am keen to raise awareness about the value of organisational psychology. To this end, I created the podcast series Mind On The Job, in which I talk to researchers and practitioners about the ways they use psychology to solve workplace problems. I also regularly talk to the media about my research and about the broader domain of organisational psychology, as shown in these examples:

Stress Appraisals

Work Here, There, Or Everywhere

Worker Stress Busters

Think Multi-tasking Is Productive? Think Again

How to Avoid "Always-On" Fatigue

Ready To Snap

We're Still in Holiday Mode

Information Overload

When the Walls Come Down

Education/Academic qualification

PhD (Psychology), The University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Science (Psychology), The University of New South Wales

External positions

Editorial Board member, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

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Projects 2009 2017

Research Outputs 1998 2020

Higher social cue utilisation improves communication, reduces perceived workload, and improves performance amongst ad hoc dyads in simulated rail control

Yee, D. J., Wiggins, M. W. & Searle, B. J., 2 Jan 2020, In : Ergonomics. 63, 1, p. 31-47 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

How resilience is strengthened by exposure to stressors: the systematic self-reflection model of resilience strengthening

Crane, M. F., Searle, B. J., Kangas, M. & Nwiran, Y., 2019, In : Anxiety, Stress and Coping. 32, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Practice (Psychology)

Goal difficulty and creative performance: the mediating role of stress appraisal

Espedido, A. & Searle, B. J., 27 May 2018, In : Human Performance. 31, 3, p. 179-196 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Self Report
Creative performance

Differentiating challenge, hindrance, and threat in the stress process

Searle, B. J. & Tuckey, M. R., 18 May 2017, The Routledge companion to wellbeing at work. Cooper, C. L. & Leiter, M. P. (eds.). London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 25-36 12 p. (Routledge companions in business, management and accounting).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Behavioral Medicine
Occupational Health

Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

Barbara Griffin (Team leader), Benjamin Searle (Recipient), Monique Crane (Recipient), Linda Yeomans (Recipient) & Mark Wiggins (Recipient), 24 Oct 2016

Prize: Teaching award

organizational psychology