Catherine Leighton

Dr, BPsych PhD W.Aust., MPsych Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Catherine holds a PhD and Bachelor of Psychology degree from UWA and a Master degree in Psychology (with distinction) from Curtin University. Catherine’s PhD thesis was entitled “Workplace emotion regulation: Making the case for emotional labour and emotion work”.

Catherine has been employed with the UWA Business School since 1999. During this time, Catherine has held several different roles. Catherine was the Australian National Business School Program Director for seven years. As Program Director, Catherine was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program (of which there were around 180 students and 12 staff). This role included the recruitment, selection and monitoring of students and lecturers throughout each semester to ensure the smooth running of the program. Catherine’s achievements include substantial growth of student numbers and high retention of both staff and students throughout this period. Catherine has held an academic position (teaching and research) throughout her appointment with UWA. She has taught the ‘Data Driven Decision Making’ unit on the MBA program, both in Perth and Singapore and the MCom program in Perth. Catherine has been involved with teaching the ‘Organisational Behaviour’ unit on the MBA Program offered in Perth. Catherine has also been fortunate to teach the ‘Quantitative Methods for Management’ unit at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Prior to lecturing at UWA, Catherine was employed by the Graduate School of Business at Curtin University as a research associate and lecturer.

Catherine has been involved in consulting work for several organisations including the Main Roads WA, Silver Chain, the Disability Services Commission and St John of God Health Care. Much of this work has involved the collection and analysis of data in order to develop strategies for improved organisational effectiveness. Catherine’s research interests include the following areas: organisational citizenship behaviour, employee well-being, job performance and satisfaction, organisational commitment and emotion regulation and emotional labour.

Funding overview

2007, “Emotional Labour Profiles: A Replication and Extension in the Service Sector”, UWA Business School research grant, in collaboration with Professor Geoff Soutar and Dr Sandra Kiffin-Petersen ($12000)

Previous positions

1999 - 2006, ANBS Program Director / Lecturer, UWA Business School
1998- 1999, Associate Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, Curtin University

Research expertise keywords

  • Emotional labour
  • Future trends in organisational development and change
  • Organisational citizenship behaviour
  • Organisational cynicism


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