Dr Catherine Steele

Course Director for the distance learning courses
MSc in Occupational Psychology and MSc in the Psychology of Work

Research Interests:

My research interests are in vocational psychology and wellbeing at work.  Current and recent projects include:

  • the development of the Career Competency Indicator, a skills based psychometric designed for use in early career.
  • Defence trainer capability; examining trainer selection, reward and career management.
  • an international, longitudinal project examining the career expectations of post graduate students.

PhD Supervision

  • Solowiej (2015) Completed. A case study of career success; Male employees in two public sector female-dominated occupations.
  • defining employability and creating a framework for practice within higher education in the UK
  • Relationship between personality traits and vocational interests

I would be interested in supervising PhD study in any of the areas listed above. Learn more about how to apply here.

Recent Publications:

Cousans, F., Dean, L. & Steele, C. (2016). Occupational Psychology: Unanswered Questions and Future Research Agenda. Insights Psychology, 1 (1). 1-16.

Williams, S., Dodd, L., Steele, C. & Randall, R. (2015). A Systematic Review of Current Conceptualisations of Employability. Journal of Education and Work.

Mundy, L., Bailey, M., Stephens, V., Steele, C., Arthur-McGuire, J. and Glynn, D. (2014) TIN 2.051 Phase 1: The Defence Trainer Capability – Trainer Selection, Reward and Career Management, Technical Report 1. Reference number O-DHCSTC_I2_T_T2_051/002

Steele, C. & Arthur, J. (2012) Teaching Coaching Psychology to Undergraduates. International Journal of Coaching Psychology 7(1), 6-13

Haase, S., Thomas, E., Steele, C. & Francis-Smythe, J. (2012) Career competencies: A new approach to successful career management. Assessment and Development Matters, 4(2), 18-21.

Francis-Smythe, J., Haase, S., Thomas, E. & Steele, C. Development and Validation of the Career Competencies Indicator (CCI) Journal of Career Assessment.(in press).


Steele, C., Andrews, H. & Upton, D. (2011) Statistics for Psychology Revision Guide, Pearson Education. London.

Steele, C. & Solowiej, K. (2013) Occupational Psychology – Revision Guide, Pearson Education, London.

Recent Conference Presentations:

Steele, C., Mundy, D., Solowiej, K., Bicknell, A. & McClay, S. (2016) Defence Workplace Trainer Culture, Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Nottingham, UK.

Barmanpek, U.& Steele, C. (2016) The relationship between personality traits and vocational interests of Turkish undergraduate students: A Longitudinal Study, Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Nottingham, UK.

Tombs, M & Steele, C. (2015) Careers  in 21st century organisations:  implications for individuals with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Glasgow, UK.

Bartlett, D., Francis-Smythe, J., Carter, A., Arthur, J. & Steele, C. (2011) Are we bridging the divide in industrial/work and organisational psychology?, EAWOP Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Steele, C., Arthur, J. & Francis-Smythe, J. (2011) The Career Competencies Indicator a 360 approach, EAWOP Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Steele, C., Faull, A. & Jellis, M. (2011) What’s the Difference – Named versus general pathways in psychology, National Institute of Teaching Psychology, Florida, USA.

Francis-Smythe, J., Steele, C. & Jellis M. (2011) Formalising academic practitioner partnerships in occupational psychology, DOP conference, Stratford Upon Avon, UK

Steele, C., Francis-Smythe, J. & Arnold, J. (2010) Investigating the role of career anchor congruence, International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.

Professional Activities

BPS Chartered Psychologist

HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist

BPS Registered Coaching Psychologist

Supervisor and Assessor for the Qualification in Occupational Psychology

Qualification in Occupational Psychology Academic Board Member

Fellow HEA

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