Dr Anna Paolillo


I joined Kingston Business School in 2018. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and Course Director of the MSc in Business and Occupational Psychology. I have a PhD in "Organisational Psychology: Differentiation and Integration processes" from University of Verona (Italy). During my doctorate I received two international mobility grants (CooperInt) for the project entitled "Improving safety at work: the role of climates", which allowed me to complete part of my PhD at University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL, Portugal) in co-supervision of thesis and to be awarded also PhD in "Management, HR and Organisational Behaviour" from the above mentioned University.

My main research topics are on diversity, well-being and safety at work; in my doctoral research I have examined the role of different facet specific climates (Diversity Climate, Climate for Inclusion, Safety Climate and Communication Climate) on safety performance at individual and group levels in the metal and mechanical sector. I also conduct research in the main area of positive psychology, with relationship to the psychological capital components (i.e., resilience, optimism, self-efficacy) and their application to the workplace and career guidance settings.

Before joining Kingston University I have worked as a visiting lecturer in several Italian Universities from 2010 to 2015, teaching modules related to Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as working as a professional trainer for adults in the social and penitentiary sectors.

I have extensive experience as a career advisor in UK Higher Education institutions and I have also collaborated with international industries on research and consultancy projects in the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors; major achievements included the analysis and improvement of inclusion and well-being at work, which resulted in a significant decrease of injuries and accidents.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • BA (Hons) in Psychology
  • MSc in Psychology
  • PGDip in Career guidance
  • PhD in Organizational Psychology: Differentiation and Integration Processes
  • PhD in Management, Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Certified Management Business Educator

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Areas of specialism

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Health and Safety
  • Wellbeing at Work

Scholarly affiliations

  • DIRU - Diversity and Inclusion Research Unit


Number of items: 20.


Platania, S., Paolillo, Anna and Silva, S. (2021) The Italian validation of OSCI : the Organizational and Safety Climate Inventory. Safety, 7(1), e22. ISSN (print) 2313-576X

Paolillo, Anna, Silva, Silvia, Carvalho, Helena and Pasini, Margherita (2020) Exploring patterns of multiple climates and their effects on safety performance at the department level. Journal of Safety Research, 72, pp. 47-60. ISSN (print) 0022-4375

Craparo, Giuseppe, Magnano, Paola, Paolillo, Anna and Costantino, Valentina (2018) The Subjective Risk Intelligence scale. The development of a new scale to measure a new construct. Current Psychology, 37(4), pp. 966-981. ISSN (print) 1046-1310

Magnano, Paola, Paolillo, Anna, Platania, Silvia and Santisi, Giuseppe (2017) Courage as a potential mediator between personality and coping. Personality and Individual Differences, 111, pp. 13-18. ISSN (print) 0191-8869

Paolillo, Anna, Pasini, Margherita, Silva, Silvia A. and Magnano, Paola (2017) Psychometric properties of the Italian adaptation of the Mor Barak et al. diversity climate scale. Quality & Quantity, 51(2), pp. 873-890. ISSN (print) 0033-5177

Magnano, Paola, Craparo, Giuseppe and Paolillo, Anna (2016) Resilience and emotional intelligence: which role in achievement motivation? International Journal of Psychological Research, 9(1), pp. 9-20. ISSN (print) 2011-2084

Paolillo, Anna, Silva, Silvia A. and Pasini, Margherita (2016) Promoting safety participation through diversity and inclusion climates. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9(3), pp. 308-327. ISSN (print) 1753-8351

Magnano, Paola, Paolillo, Anna and Barrano, Carmine (2015) Relationships between personality and burn-out : an empirical study with helping professions' workers. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, 1, pp. 10-19. ISSN (print) 2371-1655

Paolillo, Anna, Platania, Silvia, Magnano, Paola and Ramaci, Tiziana (2015) Organizational justice, optimism and commitment to change. Procedia : Social and Behavioral Sciences, 191, pp. 1697-1701. ISSN (print) 1877-0428

Magnano, Paola, Paolillo, Anna and Giacominelli, Barbara (2015) Dispositional optimism as a correlate of decision-making styles in adolescence. Sage Open, 5(2), ISSN (online) 2158-2440

Magnano, Paola, Paolillo, Anna and Santisi, Giuseppe (2015) Autostima e autoefficacia, identita di genere e soddisfazione lavorativa. Implicazioni per la scelta di carriera, in Essere donna e fare ricerca in Italia = [Self-esteem and self-efficacy, gender identity and job satisfaction. Implications for career choice]. Scienze e Ricerche, 5, pp. 61-67. ISSN (online) 2283-5873

Santisi, Giuseppe, Platania, Silvia and Paolillo, Anna (2013) Sviluppo del territorio e politiche del turismo: la valutazione dell'impatto turistico dal punto di vista dei residenti = [Land development and tourism policies: assessment of the tourism impact from the residents' point of view]. Turismo e Psicologia, 6(1), pp. 106-116. ISSN (online) 2240-0443

Magnano, Paola and Paolillo, Anna (2011) Orientamento e disabilità: un’analisi delle dimensioni psicologiche e psicosociali in un gruppo di studenti universitari = [Orientation and disability: an analysis of the psychological and psychosocial dimensions in a group of university students]. Life Span and Disability, 14(1), pp. 89-108. ISSN (online) 2035-5963

Book Section

Magnano, Paola, Santisi, Giuseppe, Ramaci, Tiziana and Paolillo, Anna (2015) Psicologia positiva ed organizzazioni in azione. Il contributo del diversity management = [Positive psychology and organizations in action. The contribution of diversity management]. In: Nota, Laura and Soresi, Salvatore, (eds.) La psicologia positiva per l'orientamento e il lavoro. Strumenti e contributi di ricerca. Firenze, Italy : Hogrefe. pp. 72-97.

Di Nuovo, Santo, Magnano, Paola and Paolillo, Anna (2013) Valori. In: Di Nuovo, Santo and Magnano, Paola, (eds.) Competenze trasversali e scelte formative : Strumenti per valutare meta cognizione, motivazione, interessi, abilita sociali nella continuita tra livelli scolastici. Trento, Italy : Erikson. pp. 29-39. ISBN 9788859001546

Magnano, Paola and Paolillo, Anna (2008) Valori e orientamento: un confronto generazionale = [Values ​​and orientation: a generational comparison]. In: Di Nuovo, Santo, (ed.) Riscoprire i valori. Un approccio psicosociale in Sicilia. Troina, Italy : Citta' Aperta. pp. 181-195. ISBN 9788881373741

Conference or Workshop Item

Paolillo, Anna, Platania, Silvia and Silva, Silvia A. (2019) Psychological capital and work engagement: the mediating role of job crafting. In: 19th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) : Working for the greater good; 29 May - 01 Jun 2019, Turin, Italy. (Unpublished)

Paolillo, Anna and Silva, Silvia A. (2019) Trust and safety participation: co-workers’ safety climate matters. In: 19th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) : Working for the greater good; 29 May - 01 Jun 2019, Turin, Italy. (Unpublished)

Paolillo, Anna, Silva, Silvia, Carvalho, Helena and Pasini, Margherita (2017) Exploring patterns of multiple climates and their effects on safety performance at the department level. In: 9th International Conference on the prevention of accidents at work (WOS 2017); 3-6 Oct 2917, Prague, Czech Republic. (Unpublished)

Silva, Silvia and Paolillo, Anna (2017) The role of organizational fairness and inclusion in workers’ well-being and behavior: a preliminary study. In: 10th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference; 28-30 Jun 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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