Dr John Barratt

Lecturer in Occupational Psychology

School/Department: Psychology, School of



I am a lecturer in Occupational Psychology and a chartered psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I took up my position at Leicester in September 2017 and am currently joint course lead for the Occupational Psychology and Psychology of work (MSc) programmes. I also run the psychometric test user training CPD course. I completed my Psychology (BSc) and Work Psychology & Business (MSc) degrees at Aston University. From there I went on to complete my PhD on examining recruitment and selection in the UK adult social care sector at Aston University under the supervision of Professor Stephen Woods and Dr Ann Davis. 


My research interests relate to the role of personality in relation to job performance and job satisfaction. I am also interested in factors influencing wellbeing at work. My other research interests relate to developing bespoke selection and performance assessments.


Piotrowska, B. & Barratt, J. (2024). Investigating low intelligence stereotype threat in adults with developmental dyslexia. Dyslexia,

Barratt, J.M. & Duran, F. (2021). Does psychological capital and social support impact engagement and burnout in online distance learning students? The Internet and Higher Education.

Woods, S.A. & Barratt, J.M. (2018). Personality Assessment in Healthcare and Implications for Selection. In F. Patterson & L. Zibarras (Ed.), Selection and Recruitment in the Healthcare Professions: Research Theory and Practice (pp.51-78). Switzerland: Palgrave

Barratt, J., Davis, A., & Woods, S.A. (2017, January). Identification of the key drivers of retention and turnover in adult social care workers. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference 2017, Liverpool, UK

Barratt, J.M. & Cooke, R. (2016). Do gender and year of study affect the ability of the theory of planned behaviour to predict binge-drinking intentions and episodes? Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1257564

Barratt, J. (2015). Absenteeism: The causes, The moderators, and the Theory of Planned Behaviour. OP Matters, 27, 39- 46



I would supervise topics relating to work psychology. Especially those focussing on personality assessment and selection and wellbeing at work


My teaching is primarily across the Occupational Psychology Psychology of work and Psychology (MSc) Distance learning programmes. I also teach on the campus based undergraduate psychology programme. My teaching interests primarily focus on personnel selection and psychological assessment at work. I supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Press and media

Selection and assessment social care recruitment employee turnover and wellbeing


Chartered Psychologist

Registered Coaching Psychologist

Registered British Psychological Society (BPS)

Occupational Test User (psychometrics): Level A (Ability Testing) and Level B (Personality Assessment).

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

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