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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 for the project entitled "Improving safety at work: the role of climates" (awarded fund: 14000 €) which allowed me to complete half 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; specifically, I have been examining the role of different facet specific climates (Diversity Climate, Climate for Inclusion, Safety Climate and Communication Climate) on safety performance within several firms in the metal and mechanical sector. Those projects successfully led to a decrease in accidents, injuries and an improved company safety culture.
I have also been conducting extensive research in positive psychology, with relationship to the psychological capital components (i.e., resilience, optimism, self-efficacy) and their application to education, career counselling and organisational settings. My focus has been on developing evidence-based tools to support educators, career professionals and psychologists in assessing and enhancing students' skills and achievement. My efforts led to publications with Hogrefe and Erickson eds., and in peer-reviewed journals.
Since 2008 I have been a visiting lecturer at several Italian Universities and skills training centres, leading on modules such as Organisational Behaviour, Career Counselling and Psychometrics. My teaching has been consistently grounded in my fifteen-year experience as a work psychologist and career counsellor. My professional background has enabled me to help individuals at different stages of their career, including students, employed/unemployed people, vulnerable groups, professionals and executives in various sectors.
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
Throughout my experience with different audiences (e.g., undergraduate, postgraduate, Ph.D., professionals, low and high educational levels), I have developed sounded and robust teaching strategies, grounded in pedagogic research and tailored to the students' needs. My inclusive approach has been recognised as exemplar through internal and external feedback; specifically, my innovative practices have been highly commended through the achievement of the Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and recognised by the external examiners and during accreditation visits.
My sustained efforts in developing an inclusive curriculum have been acknowledged through the awards and recognitions obtained in the last three year, especially in terms of funded research to address the PG achievement gap for BAME students and the awards as lecturer of the year and runner ups for best personal tutor.
A substantial part of my published research is also focused on providing professionals in the educational sector (e.g., teachers, educators and career counsellors) with evidence-based tools and advice to enhance students' skills.
KU Awards, Recognitions and Teaching Research Grants
Visiting roles and external appointments:
Visiting lecturer at University of Catania Italy; Invited seminars on Quantitative research in Career Counselling within the Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (since 2020).
Honorary fellow in Work and Organizational Psychology, Department of Educational Processes, University of Catania, Italy (since 2011), acting as a dissertation supervisor and member of the examination and assessment panel (including marking) until 2016.
Honorary fellow in Psychometrics, Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology Department, University of Verona, Italy (since 2012), acting as a dissertation supervisor and member of the examination and assessment panel (including marking and delivering research workshops on psychometrics) until 2015.
My research expertise is in the area of psychological assessment in organisational contexts, from workplace to educational and students' career development. Those research interests are linked to both my teaching core areas and my professional practice and experience of more than fifteen-years as a career counsellor and training consultant for low and higher education students and professionals in the UK and abroad.
I have long standing experience in the development of robust and theoretically sounded tools to assess employees perceptions in the workplace (i.e., organisational climates related to diversity, inclusion and safety) and individual differences that can impact students' achievement and career choices (e.g., risk intelligence and psychological capital).
I successfully published the outcomes of the above research in peer-reviewed journals, ranked Q1 and Q2 on Scimago, including Journal of Safety Research (ABS 2 stars) and Personality and Individual Differences (ABS 3 stars). My work has also been published by sector-leading editors in the area of educational and psychological testing, such as Hogrefe and Erickson Eds.
Since 2020, I am an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Psychology (IF: 2.067; SJR: 0.914) and Life Span and Disability (IF: 1.000; SJR: 0.329) journals and I am a regular reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.
I have recently received a grant as Principal Investigator within the BA Leverhulme Small Grant Funding Scheme for a project entitled "Rethinking employee safety and customer experience in the post-pandemic era: a pilot study in the hospitality sector" (Funding Awarded: £9,947.76).
I am an active member of two KU Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research Teams, having submitted an internal bid as part of the Research for Better Health, Health Care and Social Care stream and an internal bid as part of the Research on AI, Digital Society, Security, Risk and Resilience stream. Currently awaiting outcome.
Platania, Silvia and Paolillo, Anna (2022) Validation and measurement invariance of the Compound PsyCap Scale (CPC-12) : a short universal measure of psychological capital. Anales de Psicología = Annals of Psychology, 38(1), pp. 63-75. ISSN (print) 0212-9728
Paolillo, Anna, Sinval, Jorge, Silva, Sílvia A. and Scuderi, Vittorio E. (2021) The relationship between inclusion climate and voice behaviors beyond social exchange obligation : the role of psychological needs satisfaction. Sustainability, 13(18), p. 10252. ISSN (online) 2071-1050
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
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
Paolillo, Anna, Giatras, Niki, Kremis, Adam and Mangalore Harish, Shravya (2023) Addressing the postgraduate attainment gap : a research intervention on predictors of academic achievement and peer tutoring. In: The European Conference on Education (ECE2023); 13-17 Jul 2023, London, U.K..
Scuderi, Vittorio, Paolillo, Anna and Memon, Ally R. (2023) Safety climate and service access during COVID-19 : a preliminary study in healthcare sector. In: 21st Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) : The future is now : the changing world of work; 24-27 May 2023, Katowice, Poland. (In Press)
Morando, Martina, Gruttadauria, Stefania, Platania, Silvia, Scuderi, Vittorio and Paolillo, Anna (2023) The effect of dispositional resilience on the relationship between professional quality of life and psychological distress factors of healthcare workers. In: 21st Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) : The future is now : the changing world of work; 24-27 May 2023, Katowice, Poland. (In Press)
Butler, Christina, Paolillo, Anna and Scuderi, Vittorio (2022) The influence of migrants on MNC workforce well-being. In: 48th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference: Walking the talk? Transitioning towards a sustainable world; 08–10 Dec 2022, Oslo, Norway. (Unpublished)
Scuderi, Vittorio Edoardo, Paolillo, Anna and Wolfram, Hans-Joachim (2022) A systematic literature review on how diversity practices affect job satisfaction, job performance, exit, voice, loyalty, and neglect of employees : the mediation effects of psychological empowerment and trust climate, and the moderation effect of climate for inclusion. In: 15th Equality Diversity Inclusion Conference (EDI) : Disruption; 22 – 24 Jul 2022, Cape Town, South Africa. (Unpublished)
Memon, Ally R and Paolillo, Anna (2022) Perceptions of safety climate amongst employees and service users in healthcare in midst of a pandemic : a systematic review of literature. In: 15th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference (EAOHP) : Supporting Knowledge Comparison to Promote Good Practice in Occupational Health Psychology; 06 - 08 Jul 2022, Bordeaux, France. (Unpublished)
Paolillo, Anna, Memon, Ally R and Scuderi, Vittorio (2022) Users-perceived safety climate and safety behaviors in the healthcare sector and its implications for healthcare professionals and organisations : a preliminary study during Covid-19. In: 15th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference (EAOHP) : Supporting Knowledge Comparison to Promote Good Practice in Occupational Health Psychology; 06 - 08 Jul 2022, Bordeaux, France. (Unpublished)
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)
Paolillo, Anna, Silva, Silvia A. and Pasini, Margherita (2014) How climates for diversity and inclusion can affect safety at work : a preliminary study. In: 7th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference; 08–10 June 2014, Munich, Germany. (Unpublished)
Paolillo, Anna, Silva, Silvia and Pasini, Margherita (2014) The effect of trust and openness on safety performance : the role of group safety climate. In: 11th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference (EAOHP) : Looking at the past - planning for the future : Capitalizing on OHP multidisciplinarity; 14-16 Apr 2014, London, U.K..
Brondino, Margherita, Paolillo, Anna, Pasini, Margherita, Lazzarini, Gianluigi and Romeo, Luciano (2013) Work-related stress mediates the relationship between safety climate and safety performance. In: 16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) : Imagine the future world: How do we want to work tomorrow?; 22-25 May 2013, Münster, Germany. (Unpublished)
Since 2008 I have been working as a Business Psychologist consultant, researcher and trainer for small, medium and large enterprises in Europe and Kuwait. Main clients included a wide range of professionals at various levels and areas of expertise, such as educators in the penitentiary sector, social workers, manufacturing and infrastructure workers, healthcare assistants, HR and Finance mid-level executives.
I have been using my long international experience as a practitioner to help diverse people before, during and in between employments, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on the assessments and interventions I delivered.
In the last ten years, I have been working as a consultant on several research projects regarding workplace health and wellbeing at national and international companies. Main topics regarded safety climate and safety performance in their relationships with diversity management, inclusion and communication at work. Clients included: multiple metal and mechanical Italian firms, in collaboration with the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL, Italy) and a Portuguese infrastructure company with more than 15 international branches.
I also served as funded researcher and consultant in career and vocational guidance, study skills and motivation at many schools and university projects (multiple lower secondary schools belonging to the Borough of Catania, Italy, and referring to the Centre for research and investigation about disabilities), in collaboration with University of Catania and Kore University of Enna.
Since joining Kingston Business School, I have significantly supported students at every level of seniority and experience to analyse, diagnostic and intervene on organisational and management matters.