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Sharon Parker recognised as top researcher in the field of psychology

Sharon Parker

CEPAR Chief Investigator Professor Sharon Parker has been recognised as one of Australia’s top researchers in the field of psychology by The Australian’s 2023 Research magazine.

The Australian’s Research magazine names each year the top researchers in each field of research, based on the number of citations for papers published in the top 20 journals in each field over the past five years.

Sharon Parker is a world-leading researcher on the topic of work design, as well as other topics such as proactivity, mental health and job performance.

She is a recipient of one of the most prestigious research fellowships in Australia, the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. She is the John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design within the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University. At CEPAR, she is the Stream Leader of CEPAR’s research stream Organisations and the Mature Workforce, and a Co-Director of Mentoring (Mid-Career Researchers).

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; and a Fellow of the US Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Sharon’s research has been cited more than 37,000 times internationally and she has also been recognised as one of the world’s most influential scientists and social scientists in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list released by the Web of Science Group, as well as the 2020 World's Top 2% Scientists list by Stanford University.

Sharon has served on numerous editorial boards and is a former Associate Editor for the highest impact management journal, Academy of Management Annals and the leading organisational psychology journal, Journal of Applied Psychology. Throughout her career, Sharon has attracted competitive research funding worth over $45,000,000.

Sharon engages regularly with leading business and government representatives. She has worked as a researcher and consultant in a wide range of public and private organisations, has delivered numerous keynote talks/executive education for practitioner audiences, and regularly engages with the media.

She has founded the Women in Research ‘Small  Wins’ Webinar Series, and is a co-founder of the highly successful Thrive at Work initiative designed to improve mental health at work.

As the CEPAR Mentoring Co-Director, Sharon is leading the CEPAR Future Leaders in Ageing Program and has facilitated its latest workshop session at the recent CEPAR Annual Workshop in November 2022. The Program aims to accelerate high potential mid-careers researchers’ capability to lead research, and features personal development projects, peer learning projects, individual coaching and mentoring, engagement in a change simulation, 360 degree leadership assessments as well as other self-assessments.

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Image: Participants at the CEPAR Future Leaders in Ageing Program Workshop, in November 2022