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Before joining Leeds Trinity University, Bruce worked as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist for Disability Services at the Department for Work and Pensions.  His work involved delivering vocational counselling and guidance and psychometric assessment to people with disabilities and to disadvantaged groups.  Working on this agenda he took the national lead for the delivery and evaluation of Group Personal Effectiveness Programmes and was commissioned as the Psychology expert with the Government team supporting the introduction of equal opportunities through ‘Access to Work’ for the Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia.    He started lecturing at Leeds Trinity University in 2002 and became the Head of Department of Psychology in 2006 until 2015.  He has worked on a variety of consultancy and research projects with the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, the NHS and the Vocational Rehabilitation Association.  He has been a co-editor of the Journal of Occupational Psychology, Employment and Disability since 2000.


Teaching and Administration

PSY6462 Counselling Psychology

PSY6032 Business Psychology

PSY4072 Professional Development and Placement in Psychology

PSY6114 Major Research Project

Chair of the Panel of Examiners in Psychology

Member of School Board; Student Disciplinary Committee; Disability Network Group; Placement Supervisor Group.

Research interests

1. Applied psychology in the workplace (Business / Work / Organisational / Occupational / Industrial Psychology)

2. Career guidance and vocational counselling; selection and assessment.

3. Occupational Psychology, wellbeing, disability and employment rehabilitation

4. Mental health and employment:  Self-help and personal effectiveness / Solution Focused Brief Therapy / Positive Thinking / Strategies for human problem solving

5. Hidden disability and employment:  Specific learning difficulties - Dyslexia (assessment and diagnosis) / Asperger’s / ADHD / Dyspraxia / Dysgraphia/Dyscalculia

6. Head injury and memory difficulties: rehabilitation and employment:  Memory testing and diagnosis (Wechsler Memory Scale)

7. Learning difficulties and employment:  Intelligence and intelligence testing (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale)

8. Work motivation, job satisfaction and organisational culture change

9. Counselling and coaching psychology

10. Evolutionary Psychology, Positive Psychology and Political Psychology (of interest only)

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jun 1996

Bachelor of Arts

Award Date: 1 Jun 1990

REF 2029 UOA

  • UOA4 - Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience


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