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Neill Thompson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

Neill Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational and Organisational Psychology at Northumbria University and Programme Leader for the MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As a practitioner psychologist his work focuses on evidence based selection strategies and the delivery of human factors training (non-technical skills focused) to healthcare teams. He is also a member of the Vitalwork Psychology consultancy team.

Neill’s workplace bullying research has explored the prevalence and experiences of bullying and examined the use of interventions in the NHS. His research currently concentrates on three areas; i) the development , implementation and evaluation of interventions, ii) the use of discursive approaches and naturalistic data collection methodologies, iii) the role of the bystander. Neill is a Board Member of the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH) and a member of DRAWING - a UK based practitioner-research collaboration focused on developing bullying interventions.

More broadly Neill’s research interest include a focus on organisational and institutional behaviour in areas such as the use of humour, the experience and social construction of stress, and what happens during specific organisational practices like job interviews or team meetings.

Neill completed his undergraduate degree in Social Psychology at Loughborough University, MA Human Resource Management at Northumbria University and MSc Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Previously he has worked as an in-house organisational psychologist and in human resource management.


Neill Thompson

Campus Address

Room 147, Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Becoming a professional: The five pillars of identification in Occupational Psychology in the UK, Elsey, V., Thompson, N., Sillence, E., Longstaff, L., Moss, M. 18 Jun 2020, In: InPractice: The EAWOP Practitioners E-Journal
  • Exploring the Consistency and Value of Humour Style Profiles, Rhys Evans, T., Johannes, N., Winska, J., Glinska-Newes, A., van Stekelenburg, A., Nilsonne, G., Dean, L., Fido, D., Galloway, G., Jones, S., Masson, I., Escorcio Soares, A., Steptoe-Warren, G., Thompson, N., D'Angelo Ungson, N. 2020, In: Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology
  • Workplace bullying in healthcare: A qualitative analysis of bystander experiences, Thompson, N., Carter, M., Crampton, P., Burford, B., Morrow, G., Illing, J. 14 Nov 2020, In: The Qualitative Report
  • Exploring the Designer-Constructor Teamwork Interface to improve Collaboration: A review of current literature, Ponton, H., Osborne, A., Greenwood, D., Thompson, N. 2 Sep 2019, ARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference – Leeds, UK
  • The power of humour to unite and divide: a case study of design coordination meetings in construction, Ponton, H., Osborne, A., Thompson, N., Greenwood, D. 4 Nov 2019, In: Construction Management and Economics
  • Dedicated but exhausted? The role of ethical leadership for employee wellbeing in UK student unions, Rivers, J., Thompson, N., Jeske, D. 23 Nov 2018, In: Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Managing Workplace Bullying Complaints: Conceptual Influences and the Effects of Contextual Factors, Thompson, N., Catley, B. 24 Nov 2018, Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment , Singapore, Springer
  • Object Handling with Contemporary Craft Objects: An observational study of an embodied, social and cognitive process, Davenport, B., Thompson, N. Sep 2018, In: The Qualitative Report
  • Understanding the dynamics of construction design team meetings through joint laughter, Ponton, H., Osbourne, A., Greenwood, D., Thompson, N. 3 Sep 2018, 34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018
  • The Effect of Personality on Occupational Stress in Veterinary Surgeons, Dawson, B., Thompson, N. Mar 2017, In: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education

Current and Recent Projects

Professional Activity

PGR Supervision

  • Ethan Shapiro A video analysis of clinical handovers between ambulance services and emergency departments Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 15/07/2020
  • Frances Dodd Addressing the influence of leadership incivility upon employees: understanding individual experiences and developing organisational interventions. Start Date: 01/04/2015 End Date: 17/01/2020


  • Psychology MSc June 30 2006
  • Human Resource Management MA September 01 2001
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) June 20 1998
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist British Psychological Society (BPS) 2010
  • Full Member Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2005

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