Patrick Dunlop

Mr, BSc MPsych PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 657 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Personal profile


Patrick completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia in 2001, majoring in Psychology. He then commenced his Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) in 2002, completing the coursework component in 2005. After working in Melbourne from 2007-2010 as a personnel assessment and selection consultant, Patrick returned to the University to complete his PhD in 2012.

During 2010-2012, Patrick formed part of the Bushfire CRC research team at the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Broadly, the Bushfire CRC team focused on understanding the factors that determine community members’ decisions in the face of bushfire threat.

During 2012-2013, Patrick formed part of the ARC Discovery and Linkage projects team at the School of Business at the University of Western Australia. In this project, the team investigated the factors that contributed to the success or failure of Global Virtual Teams. At the team member level, we considered the role of intercultural identity synergy and its impact of the engagement with Global Virtual Team activities. At the team level, we examined the effect of formalisation within the team on the information flow and performance of the Global Virtual Teams.

Since 2014, Patrick has occupied a tenure-track position within the School of Psychology. His responsibilities therein include teaching and coordinating two units that form part of the Master of Industrial & Organisational Psychology program, which are centred on assessment & personnel selection, and research methods in organisational settings. Patrick also supervises Honours, Masters, and PhD students.

Key ResearchMy research is focused on four themes:
1. Issues relating to personnel recruitment and selection, including:
  1. How to identify strong candidates from a larger pool,

  • How to ensure candidate assessments are valid predictors of performance, and

  • Understanding applicants’ reactions to a personnel selection procedure, and the implications.

2. Understanding the factors that affect the precision of psychometric assessments in high-stakes settings, including the impact of:
  1. Retesting,

  • Resting anxiety,

  • The provision of feedback on tests, and

  • Impression management / faking behaviour.

3. Framing recruitment messages to attract applicants with certain personality characteristics, especially in volunteering settings.

4. The role of personality in predicting attitudes and behaviour, with a particular interest in:
  1. Situation-trait interactions in work settings,

  • Anti-social behaviour in different settings, and

  • Political attitudes.

5. Modern approaches to psychometric assessment.

6. Field research design and analyses.

Roles and responsibilities

Patrick is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science. He teaches in the Master of Industrial and Organisational and Master of Business Psychology programs and supervises Honours, Masters, and PhD level research students.

Patrick is expert in the following areas:

1. Psychometrics,
2. Personnel Recruitment and Selection,
3. Survey research design and questionnaire design,
4. Analysis of survey data,
5. Impression management / faking behaviour in personality assessment,
6. Personality and personality assessment,
7. Structural equation modelling, and
8. Longitudinal data analysis.

Future research

Patrick has several research programs that are currently active or planned for the near future.

1. Framing recruitment messages to attract new volunteers that are most likely to thrive in their volunteering roles.

2. The Development of Alternative Methods for Identifying Impression Managers in High-Stakes Personality Assessment (in conjunction with Dr Joshua Bourdage and Professor Reinout De Vries)

3. Understanding the role of personality and situations play in pro- and anti-social behaviour.

Funding overview

In conjunction with Professor Marylene Gagne, Professor John Cordery, Dr Christine Soo, and Dr Djurre Holtrop, Patrick received $592,000 from the ARC Linkage program to work with Scouts Associations across Australia. This project is focused on designing human resource practices (recruitment, socialisation, training, and information sharing) to improve the engagement and retention of adult volunteers.

In conjunction with Dr Blythe McLennan, Dr Djurre Holtrop, Alex Luksyte, and Professor Marylene Gagne, Patrick will receive $398,000 to study volunteer recruitment, retention, and motivation in emergency services settings. This project will be funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, and will be undertaken in partnership with the Department of Fire and Emergency services and other agencies across Australia.

In conjunction with Professors Sharon Parker, Katharine ParkesKathy Parkes, and Leon Straker, Patrick received $334,000 from the Australian Research Council Discovery Program to undertake research with the Raine Study to understand how early life experiences affect the nature of work people undertake in young adulthood, and how the nature of work affects our personality development.

In conjunction with Ms Karina Jorritsma, Patrick has received $155,000 to undertake research on the assessment selection of Firefighters in Western Australia. This project is in partnership with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

In conjunction with Professor David Morrison, Patrick received $125,000 to undertake an investigation into the community reactions to the 2011 Perth Hills (Roleystone, Kelmscott, Red Hill) bushfires.

Teaching overview

PSYC5513: Research Methods in Applied Methods
PSYC5514: Assessment and Selection

Research expertise keywords

  • Personality structure and assessment
  • Cognitive ability assessment
  • Personnel selection
  • Workplace deviance
  • Preparedness for and response to bushfires

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Research Output

Recruiting Volunteers for the Emergency Services A Recruitment Resource for Brigades, Groups and Units

Holtrop, D., Dunlop, P., Wee, S., McGill, C., Shankaralingam, M., Pidgeon, J. & White, K., 2020, (Unpublished) Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Accepters, fence sitters, or rejecters: Moral profiles of vaccination attitudes

Rossen, I., Hurlstone, M., Dunlop, P. & Lawrence, C., Mar 2019, In : Social Science & Medicine. 224, p. 23-27 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Motivations, experiences and emotions: being an SES volunteer

    Kragt, D., Luksyte, A., Dunlop, P., Holtrop, D. & Gagne, M., 2019, Hazard Notes.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
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  • The relationships between perfectionism, anxiety and depression across time in paediatric eating disorders

    Morgan-Lowes, K. L., Clarke, P. J. F., Hoiles, K. J., Shu, C. Y., Watson, H. J., Dunlop, P. D. & Egan, S. J., 1 Aug 2019, In : Eating Behaviors. 34, 101305.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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