Ms Anna Kane

Research project: Self-confidence at work, through the lens of authenticity


1. Systematic Literature Review: This systematic review presents findings from a conceptual and methodological review of self-confidence measures. The review was conducted through the lens of authenticity. Three databases (EBSCOhost business source premier, Proquest ABI/INFORM Collection & ASSIA and PsycINFO) were searched to retrieve empirical studies published up until 2017, with no lower time limit. All articles had to meet specific inclusion criteria, which resulted in 15 self-confidence measures selected for full review. The items of all measures were thematically analysed. Measures were methodologically reviewed using Skinner's (1981) validity evidence framework. The findings were reviewed through the lens of authenticity. It was concluded that the concept of self-confidence requires qualitative exploration, with a focus on authenticity to minimize maladaptive behaviour and support coaches, trainers and HR professionals who are helping individuals develop Authentic Self-Confidence.

2. Qualitative exploration of the concept of self-confidence at work. In progress!

  • Research degree: Practice-based PhD
  • Title of project: Self-confidence at work, through the lens of authenticity


I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, HCPC registered practitioner psychologist. I am also a co-founder of Work Psychology Hub; a a team of three fully qualified Chartered Occupational Psychologists. Emma, Sally and Anna work in partnership with clients, to provide smart, evidence-based and cost effective solutions to talent assessment, development and wellbeing challenges.

My research on self-confidence at work is driven by work-based experience and informs practical solutions in my every day work with clients. I am interested in the role authenticity and compassion have to play. I often consult within the public sector, third sector and also the private sector. I am interested in minority groups in the workplace and how we can expand research to account for a diverse range of experiences from communities that often can go unheard.

Areas of research interest

  • Self confidence
  • Gender
  • Compassion
  • Mindfulness
  • The workplace


  • MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology, University of East London
  • PG Diploma, Studies in Mindfulness, University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Behavioural Science, University of Leicester


Seasonal Affective Disorder and Personality, Age, and GenderKane, Anna ; Lowis, Michael JSouth African Journal of Psychology, 1999, Vol.29(3), pp.124-127

Conference papers

BPS DOP Annual Conference 12th January 2018

Self- confidence through the lense of authenticity: A systematic review.