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Patrick Dunlop

Dr Patrick Dunlop

Psychological Science, School of

Contact details
School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia (M304)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7614
+61 8 6488 1006
BSc MPsych PhD W.Aust.
Follow me on Twitter: @PatDunlopUWA

Patrick completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia in 2001, majoring in Psychology. He then commenced his Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) in 2002, completing the coursework component in 2005. After working in Melbourne from 2007-2010 as a personnel assessment and selection consultant, Patrick returned to the University to complete his PhD in 2012.

During 2010-2012, Patrick formed part of the Bushfire CRC research team at the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Broadly, the Bushfire CRC team focused on understanding the factors that determine community members’ decisions in the face of bushfire threat.

During 2012-2013, Patrick formed part of the ARC Discovery and Linkage projects team at the School of Business at the University of Western Australia. In this project, the team investigated the factors that contributed to the success or failure of Global Virtual Teams. At the team member level, we considered the role of intercultural identity synergy and its impact of the engagement with Global Virtual Team activities. At the team level, we examined the effect of formalisation within the team on the information flow and performance of the Global Virtual Teams.

Since 2014, Patrick has occupied a tenure-track position within the School of Psychology. His responsibilities therein include teaching and coordinating two units that form part of the Master of Industrial & Organisational Psychology program, which are centred on assessment & personnel selection, and research methods in organisational settings. Patrick also supervises Honours, Masters, and PhD students.

Key Research
My research is focused on four themes:
1. Issues relating to personnel selection in organisational and educational settings, including:
  1. How to identify strong candidates from a larger pool,

  2. How to ensure candidate assessments are valid predictors of performance, and

  3. Understanding applicants’ reactions to a personnel selection procedure, and the implications.

2. Understanding the factors that affect the precision of psychometric assessments in high-stakes settings, including the impact of:
  1. Retesting,

  2. Resting anxiety,

  3. The provision of feedback on tests, and

  4. Impression management / faking behaviour.

3. The role of personality in predicting attitudes and behaviour, with a particular interest in:
  1. Situation-trait interactions in work settings,

  2. Anti-social behaviour in different settings, and

  3. Political attitudes.

4. Field research design and analyses.
  • Dunlop, P.D., Lee, K., Ashton, M.C., Butcher, S., & Dykstra, A. Please accept my sincere and humble apologies! The disposition to apologise and its relationship with Honesty-Humility. Personality and Individual Differences. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.02.004
  • Rossen, I.L., Dunlop, P.D., & Lawrence, C.M. (2015). The desire to maintain the social order and the right to economic freedom: Two distinct moral pathways to climate change scepticism. Journal of Environmental Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.01.006
  • McNeill, I.M., Dunlop, P.D., Skinner, T.C., & Morrison, D.L. (2014). Predicting risk-mitigating behaviors from indecisiveness and trait-anxiety: Two cognitive pathways to task avoidance. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12135

  • Dunlop, P.D., McNeill, I.M., Boylan, J.L., Skinner, T.C., & Morrison, D.L. (2014). Preparing… for what? Developing multi-dimensional measures of community wildfire preparedness for researchers, practitioners, and households. International Journal of Wildland Fire. doi: 10.1071/WF13141
  • McNeill, I.M., Dunlop, P.D., Morrison, D.L., Skinner, T.C. (2014) Predicting delay in residents’ decision on defending versus evacuating through antecedents of decision avoidance. International Journal of Wildland Fire. doi: 10.1071/WF12213

  • McNeill, I.M., Dunlop, P.D., Heath, J.B., Skinner, T.C., & Morrison, D.L. (2013). Expecting the unexpected: Predicting physiological and psychological wildfire preparedness from perceived risk, responsibility, and obstacles. Risk Analysis, 33, 1829-1843. doi: 10.1111/risa.12037

  • Dunlop, P.D., Morrison, D.L. Koenig, J., Silcox, B. (2012). Comparing the Eysenck and HEXACO models of personality in the prediction of adult delinquency. European Journal of Personality, 26, 194-202. doi: 10.1002/per.824

  • Dunlop, P.D., Telford, A., & Morrison, D.L. (2012) Not too little, not too much: The perceived desirability of responses to personality items. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 8-18. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2011.10.004

  • Dunlop, P.D., Morrison, D.L., Cordery, J.L. (2011). Investigating retesting effects in a personnel selection context. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 19, 217-221. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00549.x

  • Lee, K., Ashton, M. C., Morrison, D. L., Cordery, J., & Dunlop, P.D. (2008). Predicting integrity with the HEXACO personality model: Use of self- and observer reports. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 81, 147-167. doi: 10.1348/096317907X195175

  • Dunlop, P.D. & Lee, K. (2004). Workplace deviance and organizational citizenship behavior: The bad apples do spoil the whole barrel. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 25, 67-80. doi: 10.1002/job.243
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Patrick is currently a tenure-tracked Lecturer in the School of Psychology. He teaches in the Master of Industrial and Organisational program and supervises Honours, Masters, and PhD level research students.

Patrick is expert in the following areas:

1. Psychometrics,
2. Personnel Recruitment and Selection,
3. Survey research design and questionnaire design,
4. Analysis of survey data,
5. Impression management / faking behaviour in personality assessment,
6. Personality and personality assessment,
7. Structural equation modelling, and
8. Longitudinal data analysis.
Future research
Patrick has several research programs that are currently active or planned for the near future.

1. The Impact of Test Anxiety on Test Performance and Cognitive Bias Modification as a Potential Treatment (in conjunction with Dr Lies Notebaert, and Winthrop Professor Colin MacLeod)
2. The Development of Alternative Methods for Identifying Impression Managers in High-Stakes Personality Assessment (in conjunction with Dr Joshua Bourdage and Professor Reinout De Vries)
3. The Role of Personality in Predicting Antisocial Behaviour and Political Attitudes
Funding received
In conjunction with Professor David Morrison, Patrick received $125,000 to undertake an investigation into the community reactions to the Perth Hills bushfires.

In conjunction with Professors Sharon Parker, Katharine Parkes, and Leon Straker, Patrick received $334,119.00 from the Australian Research Council Discovery Program to undertake research under the project Work Design Matters: The Dynamic Interplay of Work, Person and Context.
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
The Academy of Management (AoM)
The Society for Psychological Science
PSYC5513: Research Methods in Applied Methods
PSYC5514: Assessment and Selection
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