The Division of Occupational Psychology exists to promote the professional interests of occupational psychologists and to support the development of psychology both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
We support our members by providing training and advice, by holding regular events, and by keeping them up to date with the latest divisional news.
We post details of events and activities on this webpage, on our DOP Twitter pages, and on the main BPS events list.
Structure and Strategy
2016 - 2020 Strategic PlanShow content
The DOP's 2016 - 2020 strategic plan sets out those goals that the Division wishes to achieve over the next five years.
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Committee StructureShow content
DOP Committee Meeting DatesShow content
Tuesday 12 March 2019 BPS Leicester office Tuesday 11 June 2019 BPS London office Tuesday 10 September 2019 BPS Leicester office Tuesday 3 December 2019 BPS London office
Foundation and Formation of the Division
Foundation and FormationShow content
1919 Was originally founded in 1919 as one of the first three sections of the Society. 1927 Its membership had risen to 49 members, although this fell slightly to 44 in 1928. 1956 The membership suggested that the title of the section be changed from Industrial to Occupation and, under the Society's new Articles and By-Laws, the Industrial Section was rechristened as the Occupational Psychology Section in 1958. 1971 The BPS Council elected 131 founder members to the Division of Occupational Psychology, with the DOP officially coming into being on the 2nd of July, at which point it ran alongside the previously established Occupational Psychology Section. 1974 It was agreed that the DOP should be primarily concerned with professional matters, and the Occupational Section with scientific matters. 2001 The Division was reconstituted to include members of the former Occupational psychology section, and now covers both the professional and scientific aspects of occupational psychology.
The First DOP Committee consisted of:
Chair Professor Sylvia Shimmin (deceased) Honorary Secretary Gilbert Jessup Member
Dr Alec Martin
Dr Edgar Anstey (deceased)
Dr R. B. Buzzard (deceased)
Mr Donald Wallis (deceased)
Mr D. C. Duncan (deceased)
Mrs S. M. Downs (deceased)
Professor Hywel Murrell (deceased)
Sources: BPS Annual reports.
How the Division has evolvedShow content
1978 Annual conference papers - Editorial Note
Civil Service Selection Board
Fifty Years of Occupational Psychology in Britain
Significant Contributions to Occupational PsychologyShow content
This page highlights significant contributions made to the Division of Occupation Psychology over the years by several of its most prominent members:
Dr Edgar Anstey
- View A true pioneer of Occupational Psychology whose influence made itself felt on the world stage at a time of crisis article
Professor Clive Fletcher
- Read about The Behavioural Sciences Research Division: A brief history of one of Occupational Psychology’s most influential units in the 1970s
- View How Occupational Psychology helped scupper thatcher and the polygraph: A Lesson in Exerting Influence at the Right Time article
Professor Hywell Murrell
Professor Victor Dulewicz
Dr Céline Rojon conducted interviews with individuals who were instrumental in the foundation of the Division of Occupational Psychology; were influential in its early history; and have made significant contributions to the field of occupational psychology.
These interviews, no longer than 40 minutes each, have now been made available online to the public at the following link:
- Dr Pat Lindley
- Professor Dave Bartram
- Professor Gerry Randell
- Professor Ivan Robertson
- Professor Peter Warr
Each gave generously of their time to allow us to benefit from their knowledge and experiences.
The videos should therefore provide a great way to learn about how these esteemed occupational psychologists entered the field, their reflections upon their work, and their insights into the future of occupational psychology.