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 is the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate and Master of Business Analytics programs at the UWA Business School. These new programs commenced in 2019 and have seen high student satisfaction, completions, and employment. Catherine completed her PhD and Bachelor of Psychology degrees from UWA. She also completed a Master of Psychology degree (with distinction) from Curtin University.

In her research role, Catherine is involved with many diverse research projects in the areas of transport, social impact, COVID-19 and working arrangements, and emotion regulation. With teaching, Catherine oversees most of the analytics units taught in the management discipline and is unit co-ordinator for the following postgraduate units: People Analytics unit on the Master of HR/ER and Master of Business Analytics, Data Driven Decision Making on the MBA and MCom programs, and the Data Storytelling unit taught on the Master of Business Analytics.

Catherine has been involved in consulting work for several organisations including Main Roads WA, Silver Chain, Zonta House and St John of God Health Care. Much of this work has involved the collection and analysis of data to develop strategies for improved organisational effectiveness.

Funding overview


$5,000 Future Funds Research Awards

“The COVID-19 Homeworking for University Staff Survey” with Prof Alison Preston and Dr March To



$10,000 Mitsubishi fund

“Negotiating in ‘Good Faith’: Understanding the Impact of the Principles of Good Faith Bargaining on Negotiator Behaviour” with Prof Ray Fells and Dr Donella Caspersz



$21,624 UWA Research grant

“Walking the Walk and Tweeting the Talk: How Effectively do Elite Athletes Promote Health on Social Media?” with Michele Roberts and Paul Harrigan



$12,000 UWA Business School Research Grant

“Emotional Labour Profiles: A Replication and Extension in the Service Sector”, with Professor Geoff Soutar and Dr Sandra Kiffin-Petersen


$25,000 Industry Grant

“An Identification of the Determinants affecting Job Satisfaction and Commitment at Centrelink”, Centrelink, with Anthony Travaglione and Ian Firns

Previous positions

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

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Workplace Emotion Regulation: Making the Case for Emotional Labour and Emotion Work, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 13 Nov 2013

Master of Psychology (Organisational) with distinction, Curtin University

Award Date: 4 Feb 2002

Bachelor of Psychology, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 30 Mar 1996

Research expertise keywords

  • Emotional labour
  • social impact
  • transport
  • values


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