Dr Stephen Woods


Stephen Woods

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Steve joined the Work and Organisational Psychology Group in 2007 as Lecturer and Course Director for MSc Courses in Work/Organisational Psychology and Business, and Organisational Behaviour. Prior to joining the group, Steve was a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham. He is Visiting Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus) and at City University. Steve is well known in the UK and Internationally for his work on personality trait assessment and structure, publishing his work in peer-reviewed journals, books, and at conferences. Since 2001, Steve has also worked as an assessment consultant with private and public centre clients on selection and development projects, most recently in South East Asia.

Research interests

Personality Assessment and Structure

This research programme is concerned with assessment methodology, personality structure, and the prediction of work outcomes from personality traits. Recent foci of this research have been the comparative validities of different commercially available personality measures, the social desirability of personality traits, and the prediction of adult occupations from childhood personality traits. Some of this research is carried out collaboratively with scientists at the Oregon Research Institute, Oregon, USA.

Adverse Impact in Cognitive Ability Testing

This research is examining the problem of adverse impact (i.e., indirect discrimination) in the use of cognitive ability testing for selection. The most recent aspect of this research is a funded meta-analysis examining group differences in cognitive ability test performance over time in the EU and US.

Teaching Activity

  • BHM306: Assessment, Development, and Reward
  • BHM310: Counselling and Personal Development
  • BH2239/3328: Psychology and Work
  • PY3342: Psychology at Work


  • PhD Psychology (Surrey; 2004)
  • MSc Occupational Psychology (Nottingham; 2001)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Wolverhampton; 2000)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Professional Membership

  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society; BPS)
  • Verified Assessor (BPS Level A and B Qualifications in Occupational Testing)

Editorial Membership

  • Consulting Editor (Work & Stress)
  • Reviewer (Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Personality, Journal of Research in Personality)

Funding Applications and Awards

  • British Academy Small Research Grants 2007. Achronological meta-analysis of ethnic group differences in cognitive ability and aptitude test scores in the UK, EU and US.
  • University of Nottingham Research Committee 2005. The underlying structure of occupational assessments of personality.

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