Piers Bayl-Smith


  • 93 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
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Personal profile


Piers is a post-doctoral researcher investigating human factors and cybersecurity within the organisational context. He was awarded his PhD in 2017 from Macquarie University, receiving the Vice-Chancellor commendation for his PhD thesis, Work Styles and Person-Environment Fit: Adjusting to Change as a Late Career Worker. Before commencing his present position, Piers was employed as a post-doctoral fellow investigating person environment fit, work adaptability, and older workers with Barbara Griffin, publishing several peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations.

Research interests

Piers’ present research investigates the role of social engineering and psychological profiling in the context of phishing and cybersecurity within organisations. It extends previous research carried out by research partners at Data61, validating, via quantitative and qualitative means, the links between various cognitive and psychological characteristics and vulnerability to phishing attacks. His work will test empirically validated models of cognition and behaviour concerning email phishing and cybersecurity and will produce actionable insights that will allow organisations to mitigate developing threats.

Piers continues to be interested in research into work, aging and discrimination. Utilising the theory of work adjustment (TWA), his research has examined the antecedents and consequences of demands-abilities and needs supplies fit with an emphasis upon late-career workers. Consistent with TWA, his research has sought to expand our conception of late career workers through a dynamic conception of person-environment fit, where an individual can modify their fit through the activation of adjustment behaviours or a more active work style.

Future research will seek to merge these two research streams in the areas of human factors/cybersecurity and workplace aging.

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work style Social Sciences
Ageism Medicine & Life Sciences
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workplace Social Sciences
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Research Outputs 2013 2019

  • 93 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference proceeding contribution

Age discrimination in the workplace

Bayl-Smith, P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Encyclopedia of gerontology and population aging. Gu, D. & Dupre, M. E. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer

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

Age discrimination
Work place

Retest effects in medical selection interviews

Griffin, B., Bayl-Smith, P., Duvivier, R., Shulruf, B. & Hu, W., Feb 2019, In : Medical Education. 53, 2, p. 175-183 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cognitive ability

Social engineering and organisational dependencies in phishing attacks

Taib, R., Yu, K., Berkovsky, S., Bayl-Smith, P. & Wiggins, M., 2019, Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019: 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings, Part I. Lamas, D., Loizides, F., Nacke, L., Petrie, H., Winckler, M. & Zaphiris, P. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 564-584 21 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; no. 11746).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Electronic mail

Maintenance of D-A fit through work adjustment behaviors: the moderating effect of work style fit

Bayl-Smith, P. H. & Griffin, B., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Vocational Behavior. 106, p. 209-219 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

work style
Social Adjustment

Predicting patterns of change and stability in student performance across a medical degree

Griffin, B., Bayl-Smith, P. & Hu, W., Apr 2018, In : Medical Education. 52, 4, p. 438-446 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

medical student
cognitive ability


empirical research
research project
human sciences
work style
longitudinal study

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Oral presentation

Interview on Aging in the workplace

Piers Bayl-Smith (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation