Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

Newnham College Cambridge (UK)

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Keynote Topic

Workplace Mental Health: Ignorance, Progress or Success?

Keynote Abstract

In many developed countries one in six adults suffer from a mental disorder, the great majority from depression of anxiety. Poor mental health accounts for half of all illness up to age 45. This makes it the most prevalent illness among people of working age. Mentally sick people are less likely to be in work, and if employed are more likely to take sick leave, or to be present and not fully engaged. Mental illness also accounts for over 40% of disability benefits in many countries. This should not be the case.

This keynote address will consider these challenges and also the opportunities for improvement. It will examine how stakeholders - employers, governments, health professionals, trade unions, the voluntary sector and other bodies - can all play their part and work together.


Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. She chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers, and the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Bevan Commission on health in Wales, of the board of UK Active, of the West Midlands Mental Health Commission, of the North East Combined Authority’s Commission for Health and Social Care Integration, and of PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board.

In November 2011 when acting as the National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service. She is now finishing a further independent review for the Government, of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system.

Professor Mo Wang, Ph.D., Lanzilotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair

Professor Mo Wang, Ph.D.  R. Perry Frankland Professor of Management
Professor Mo Wang, Ph.D. R. Perry Frankland Professor of Management

University of Florida (USA)


Keynote Topic

Working after Retirement: Psychological Forces and Environmental Constraints

Keynote Abstract

Working after retirement has become a prevalent phenomenon in countries that experience the trend of population aging. This presentation will explore different forms of work after retirement. It will also examine various psychological forces and environmental constraints that shape this phenomenon. In particular, this presentation will take a multilevel perspective to evaluate how individual attributes, job and organizational features, family factors, and socioeconomic context are related to working after retirement. Multiple research issues and avenues for future research and practices will also be discussed.


Professor Mo Wang is Lanzilotti-McKethan Eminent Scolar Chair at the Warrington College of Business, University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science,and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is the recipientof 2013 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Applied Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the 2016 William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award from the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Dr Wang is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from workplace stress to teams, to ageing and retirement. Together with the outcomes of his research, Dr Wang’s application of novel research methodologies in thecontext of organisational behaviour has offered a much greater understanding of the some of the more complex relationships between organisational factors. The result is an opportunity for more targeted and ultimately more successful organisational interventions to improve productivity and employee health and wellbeing.

Australian Laureates – In Conversation

This session we will be joining in conversation with Professor Alex Haslam and Professor Sharon Parker about their perspectives on the future of work. Their research is at the cutting edge of the discipline, but what do they see are the opportunities and challenges for organisational psychology into the future? How do we translate research outcomes into practice efficiently and effectively, and how do we deal with the vexed issue of reproducibility in research outcomes? These are just some of the questions that our two laureates will be tackling during what is sure to be a thought-provoking session.



Alex Haslam is Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He is a former Commonwealth Scholar at Macquarie University (Sydney) and Jones Scholar at Emory University (Atlanta). His research is in the area of social psychology and organisational psychology, exploring issues of stereotyping and prejudice, tyranny and resistance, leadership and power, stress and well-being. This work is informed by, and has contributed to the development of, theory and ideas relating to the social identity approach.


Sharon K. Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the UWA Business School, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science.  She is a recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. She is currently an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Annals. She has published more than 80 articles in leading journals on topics like work design, proactive behaviour, and job performance.