Pearl 4 Webinar

30 November 20232:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Work and occupational
Registration is free of charge
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Online workshop
Division of Occupational Psychology


Within the Occupational Psychology community there is a great deal of interesting and important work being carried out by MSc students, doctoral students, those on the Stage 2 qualification, and other practitioners.

The webinar will be of interest to psychologists studying, training or researching in the field of occupational psychology, or who are in the early stages of a career in occupational psychology. The purpose of the webinar is developmental and aims to help participants to acquire the skills and experience to submit their work to conferences, such as the DOP conference, and to peer reviewed journals including the DOP’s new publication, Occupational Psychology Outlook.

The webinar will consist of two Keynote speakers, one academic and one practitioner. There will be presentations of postgraduate and/or Stage 2 work, a networking opportunity, and a panel discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

1. To develop the confidence to present at conferences such as the DOP conference

2. To learn how to prepare your work for publication

3. To understand the range of work carried out in Occupational Psychology


Registration is free of charge.

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Delegate Category Registration Fee
Concession Free of charge
DOP Member Free of charge
BPS Member Free of charge
Non-BPS Member Free of charge
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PLEASE NOTE: Bookings for this event will close at 10.00 on 29 November 2023. We will be unable to accept any further bookings after this point.

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Keynote speakers

Dr Paul Flaxman

Paul is Reader in organisational psychology at City, University of London. Paul conducts research in the field of occupational health psychology. Over the past 15 years, he has taken a lead role in translating a psychotherapeutic approach (acceptance and commitment therapy; ACT) into workplace training programs, and evaluating the effects of these programs on employees’ psychological health and well-being.

His research has led to the adoption of ACT-based training in organisations around the world (including in 30 NHS trusts). Paul also investigates predictors of employees’ ability to recover from work demands during nonwork time. Paul’s research has been published in a range of world-leading occupational psychology journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Professor Binna Kandola

Binna is particularly interested in the study of gender bias and unconscious bias in organisations. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books on these subjects – 'The Invention of Difference: The story of gender bias at work', 'The Value of Difference: Eliminating bias in organisations, and 'Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference'.

His most recent book, 'Free to Soar: Race & Wellbeing in Organisations', which he edited, explores the relationship between race and wellbeing in the workplace.

He is also the co-author of several other management books. One of which, 'Managing the Mosaic', won a Special Commendation at the 1994 Management Book of the Year Awards.


Panel speaker

Prof. Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt

Pirashanthie is Professor of Medical Education and Chartered Occupational Psychologist. Her main area of work is taking an inquiry based approach to medical education training and Curriculum Leadership in Professionalism and Taught elements of Patient Safety.  She is the Editor of Occupational Psychology Outlook. 


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14:00 Introduction from Chair of DOP  
14:05 Introduction and outline of the session  
14:10 Keynote speaker: Dr Paul Flaxman
14:40 Liz Mulhall - How do Women Experience an Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Workplace disclosure? A Phenomenological Study
14:55 Lori Tsafandakis - Motivation, Commitment & Support of Mental Health Workers: A case study
15:10 Comfort break
15:15 Keynote speaker: Prof. Binna Kandola
15:45 Networking


Panel members:

Dr Paul Flaxman

Prof. Binna Kandola

Prof. Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt

16:45 Summary
17:00 Event close
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These timings may be subject to change.

Interested in presenting your work?

Submissions can be emailed in pdf format to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions to Pearl 4 is 20th October 2023.

Please read the submission information to find out what to include.

Why ‘early career’?

This is a term used across the different domains of applied psychology.

However, we fully recognise that people move into occupational psychology at different points in their career paths and that career trajectories in OP are likely to be non-linear.

So, you may be in the early stages of completing a formal qualification/ and or training in OP but already have many years of career experience.

PEARL is for everyone currently studying or researching as a post-graduate student in occupational/organisational psychology, or in training (QOP2), along with anyone who has in the last 2 years completed a degree or qualification in occupational psychology.

What happens in PEARL?

This is a chance to submit your work, have it reviewed and, if invited, present it to your peers in a safe and supportive environment. It’s also an opportunity to attend as a delegate.

There will be practitioner and academic keynotes at PEARL events and each PEARL webinar will have a theme/focus and workshop discussions to support skill development.

Why take part in PEARL?

  • Learn about the submission process for conferences and journal publication
  • Gain experience of presenting (presenters receive a certificate from the DOP to add to their development profile and keep track of their achievements)
  • Find out about the work your peers are doing
  • Hear from two keynotes about their career paths and achievements in occupational/organisational psychology
  • Networking
  • Become part of the DOP PEARL community

Who can take part? 

  • Students who are currently studying on or have recently completed a post-graduate course in Occupational/Organisational   Psychology
  • Candidates enrolled on the BPS Stage 2 Qualification in occupational psychology
  • PhD students whose research focuses on a topic falling within occupational/organisational psychology
  • Anyone who has completed a degree or qualification in occupational psychology in the last 2 years

Can I register to attend if I haven’t submitted this time?

  • Yes.  If you wish you can simply register for the event as a delegate when registrations open.

How should I prepare my submission?

PEARL criteria  


Submissions should demonstrate that the proposed presentation will be of interest to delegates.  This could be reflected in a number of ways, including (but not limited to): focus on a novel (or relatively novel) topic, such as an emerging trend; in a different way of thinking about a subject; practical reflections on a project, or working with a particular client group, etc.  The emphasis should be on presentations that other delegates can learn from.  Please bear in mind that delegates will comprise postgraduate students (including research students) and trainee occupational psychologists.  Therefore we particularly welcome submissions that have something to offer for both practitioners and researchers.


Submissions must demonstrate a suitable approach has been taken.  In research submissions this relates to appropriate research designs, good quality data collection techniques (whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed), and appropriate management of potential limitations.  In practice-based projects, focus should be on why particular decisions were taken, practical considerations that were managed (e.g. constraints on practice), how quality was ensured, etc.


In addition to demonstrating quality in the approaches taken, it will be essential for submissions to demonstrate consideration of ethical issues.  In some cases it may be appropriate for submissions to refer to legal considerations.  Any submission stating that there were no ethical issues or failing to address ethical issues will be automatically rejected.  Every project has potential risks, even if these appear minimal or unlikely.

Submissions relating to future projects are welcome (e.g. MSc or research students yet to collect data).  In these cases, rigour and ethics will relate to what is planned.

Submissions based on literature reviews or empirical research using secondary data are also welcome.  In these cases, rigour will relate to the method of the review (e.g. how journal articles were selected) or secondary data collection.  Ethics will also need to be addressed, e.g. any ethical issues associated with the data sources selected, accurate reporting, etc.

Are there any costs?

  • To encourage participation PEARL events are free.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the PEARL initiative, please send an email to Andrew Clements.


PEARL is being organised for the Division of Occupational Psychology by: Andrew Clements (lead), Phil McKee, Joe Pinnock, and Arianna Prudenzi.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected].

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