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David is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Organisational Psychology. He is Programme Director for the Msc. Organisational Psychology and MSc. Business Psychology as well as PMO co-ordinator for postgraduate research. He is a multi-award winning educator. Having won over 20 awards, including an Excellence in Practice Gold Award for executive education, University-wide awards for best research-led teacher, best research supervisor, and the prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award in 2022.

David joined the Alliance Manchester Business School in January 2015 having previously developed and directed the MSc. Business Psychology at Coventry University. His PhD research, conducted at the University of Manchester, identified personality traits that influence consumers’ use of credit (loans, credit cards) and insurance (genuine and fraudulent claims).

His current research interests centre on individual differences (e.g., personality, emotions, motives) and can be broken down into three main areas: (i) theoretical nature and measurement of individual differences, (ii) the role of individual differences in workplace creativity, and (iii) individual differences in unethical, impulsive, and deviant behaviour. 

David's research has been recognised with several international awards and is regularly published in top-tier journals, including, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, EmotionEmotion Review, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology.

David is also expert in the development and evaluation of psychometric tools and co-edited the two-volume Wiley Handbook of Psychometric Testing. Currently holding two large-scale grants to support the development psychometrics for the high-stakes legal and the nuclear sectors.

Research interests

My research centres on individual differences and covers three main areas: (i) theoretical nature and measurement of individual differences, (ii) the role of individual differences in workplace performance and creativity, and (iii) individual differences in impulsive, deviant, and unethical behaviour. My research typcially combines state of the art psychometric tools and statistical methods to address theoretically substantive applied psychological issues. Below are my current areas of interest:

  • Personality dynamics and development
  • Personality and employee selection
  • Personality and financial behaviour
  • The theory, structure, and measurement of impulsivity-related traits
  • Dark traits in the workplace
  • Creativity
  • The theory and measurement of affect-related individual differences (emotional intelligence, affect-related personality traits, emotion regulation)
  • Psychology of social media, especially organisational applications (e.g. Linkedin as a recruitment tool)


I welcome PhD applications that align with my research interests regarding the theory, measurement, and application of individual differences in organisational contexts.

I have supervised seven PhD students to completion:

  • Abigail Phillips: Adaptive Personality Regulation: Individual differences in the ability to express the 'right' personality
  • Tom Evans: Examining the theoretical foundations of 'Emotional Intelligence'
  • Matthew Wilcockson: Efficacy of High Intensity CBT when delivered by practioners from three different backgrounds
  • Ioannis Kratsiotis: Development of a model and measure of innovative work behaviour
  • Brandon Keung: Development of a model and measure of the team creative process
  • Alexander Tokarev: Extending the 11+ factor model of personality: Identifying the most comprehensive collection of personality facets
  • Maximilliano Schwarz: Development and testing of an episodic model of breaks at work

I have four current PhD students:

  • Michail Michailow: Leader-Member Exchange Differentiation: Why and how do leaders differentiate amongst their team meembers?
  • John-Paul Martindale: Which workplace situations trigger expression of dark personality traits?
  • Artjom Rushanov: Are there job-specific personality profiles?
  • Robin Wickett: Exploring how personality facets relate to the use of emotion regulation strategies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Thomas Ashton Institute


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