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Dr Kim Peters
  – Senior Lecturer in Organizational Psychology

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Dr Kim Peters
Kim joined the School in 2013 following 6 years working as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on the dynamics (and consequences) of communicating novel, emotional and social information, on the importance of social comparisons in the workplace for motivation and performance, and on the role of identity factors in communication, employee engagement, motivation and stress.
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The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072

Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 2, 2016
    PSYC3034 - Topics in Applied Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2015
    PSYC3034 - Topics in Applied Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2014
    PSYC3034 - Topics in Applied Psychology

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:

My current research centres on the following two topics (gossip and role models), and I would be willing to supervise a student in either of these areas.

Gossip: Is gossip a (pleasurable) waste of time, or does it play a valuable role in group cohesion and cooperation? I am currently using a number of methodologies (scenario questionnaires, behavioural experiments, experimental games) to investigate these ideas.

Role Models: There is a common belief that role models are a key to occupational success and that a lack of role models may account for underachievement in underrepresented groups. However, while Governments and other organisations spend millions rolling out various role model interventions, there is almost no evidence that they have any lasting positive impact. I am currently exploring the nature and effect of role models in people's occupational lives to develop a better sense of when (and why) role model interventions make a difference.

Note to interested 2016 students: I am in Europe until mid-February, and will not be able to attend the supervisor meet and greet. If you would like to find out more about me and my approach to supervision, please email me.

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