09 November 2023

Maureen Dollard_500x500.jpgDirector of UniSA’s Psychosocial Safety Climate Global Observatory, Centre for Workplace Excellence, Professor Maureen Dollard, has been appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in recognition of her extensive contributions towards workplace psychological health.

The Academy is the peak body of social sciences in Australia and honours the country’s most distinguished researchers. Elected by their peers, Fellows of the Academy must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to a field of social science research or practice.

Professor Dollard is an internationally renowned expert on workplace mental health and is the founder of the Australian Workplace Barometer, a national survey of Australian workplace conditions. In addition, she is the creator of the StressCafé and the Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC) theory, which has revolutionised how work stress is viewed.

Her ground-breaking research into workplace psychosocial factors and worker mental health has seen her advance the field, delivering evidence-based research to promote the understanding of workplace safety and productivity and.

In 2020, Professor Dollard was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship worth $3.1 million to further her research into Australia’s corporate climate and to promote safer and better quality workplaces.

She is also the recipient of the 2020 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, helping to promote and support women in research.

UniSA Executive Dean of Justice & Society, Professor Paula Geldens, says the award is "worthy and appropriate", recognising Prof Dollard's "significant body of work over many years".

Media contact: Candy Gibson M: +61 434 605 142 E: Candy.Gibson@unisa.edu.au

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