B Soc Sci, BA (Hons) (Cape Town), MA (Victoria Uni of Wellington), PhD (Massey)

Emeritus Professor Beryl Hesketh AM has held a range of senior management positions including Executive Dean, Health and Science at UWS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences and Technology) and Dean of Science at the University of Sydney, and Head of Department of Psychology at Macquarie University. Her research involves applying fundamental theoretical ideas to a range of practical problems, primarily in the area of decision-making. Previous projects have included time and speed decisions using a driving simulator, time discounting and decision-making about retirement finances and activities, and training fire-fighters for adaptability and decision-making. She has recently completed an ARC funded project on retirement decision-making and planning. She has extensive research expertise in other areas such as:

  • Selection for adaptive performance
  • Training for transfer and adaptability
  • Career choice decision-making
  • Person-Environment Fit research.
  • Emeritus Professor and Adjunct, School of Computing and Mathematics, UWS
  • Executive Dean (Health and Science) University of Western Sydney
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor (Science and Technology), The University of Sydney
  • Dean of Science, The University of Sydney
  • Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University; and membership of a number of CRC and Educational Boards.

Memberships / Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science


Hesketh, B., & Graco, W. (2015). Technological change and the sociotechnical system: Applied Psychology of. In J. D. Wright (ed) International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioral Science (2nd Ed). Vol 24 Oxford Elsevier, pp 104-108.

Hesketh. B. & Griffin, B. (In press). Person-Environment Fit. Encyclopaedia of Adulthood and Ageing. (Editor Susan Karuss Whitourn)

Hesketh, B., Griffin, B., Dawis, R, & Bayle-Smith, P. (2015). Extensions to the dynamic aspects of the Retirement Transition and Adjustment Framework (RTAF): Adjustment behaviors, work styles and identity. Work, Aging and Retirement, 1 (1), 79-91.

Griffin, B. Loh, V. & Hesketh, B. (2013). A mental model of factors influencing subjective life expectancy. Social Sciences and Medicine, 82, 79-86.

Gill, B., Griffin, B., Hesketh, B. (2013). Changing expectations concerning life-extending treatment: The relevance of opportunity cost. Social Science and Medicine, 85, 66-73.

Griffin, B., Loh, D., & Hesketh, B. (2012). Using pro-activity, time discounting and the theory of planned behaviour to identify predictors of retirement planning. Educational Gerontology, 38(12), 877-889.

Loh, V., Andrews, S., Hesketh, B., & Griffin, B. (2012). The moderating effect of individual differences in error-management training: Who learns from mistakes? Human Factors. Doi:10.1177/001872081251856

Griffin, B., Loh, V. & Hesketh, B. (2012). The influence of subjective life expectancy on retirement transition and planning: A longitudinal study. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 129-137.

Hesketh, B., Griffin, B., & Loh, V. (2011). A future oriented Retirement Transition Adjustment Framework. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 303-314.

Joung, W, Taylor, M. Griffin, B, & Hesketh B. (2011). The public and radiological or nuclear emergency event: Threat perception, preparedness and associated responses. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 26(1) 31-39.

Griffin, B., & Hesketh, B. (2008). Postretirement work: The individual determinants of paid and volunteer work. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 81(1), 101-121.

Bidewell, J., Griffin, B., & Hesketh, B (2006). Timing of retirement: Including a delay discounting perspective in retirement models. Journal of Vocational Behavior 68, 368-387.

Neal, A., Godley, S. T., Kirkpatrick, T., Dewsnap, G., Joung, W. & Hesketh, B. (2006). An examination of learning processes during critical incident training: Implications for the development of adaptable trainees. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1276-1292.

Joung, W., Hesketh, B., Neal, A. (2006). Using 'War Stories' to train for adaptive performance: Is it better to learn from errors or success. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 55, 282-302.

Griffin, B., & Hesketh, B. (2005). Are conscientious workers adaptable? Australian Journal of Management, 30(2), 1-15.

Griffin, B., & Hesketh, B. (2004). Why Openness to Experience is not a good predictor of job performance. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 12, 243-251.

Griffin, B., Hesketh, B., & Grayson. D. (2004). Applicants faking good: Evidence of item bias in the NEO PI-R. Personality and Individual Differences, 36/7, 1545-1558.

Griffin, B. & Hesketh, B. (2003) Adaptable behaviours for successful work and career adjustment. Australian Journal of Psychology, 55(2), 65-73

Crawford, S., Joung, W., Hesketh, B., Griffiths, R., Bearman, S., Kirkpatrick, T., and Neal, A. (2003) Emergent Issues for Training: The Benefits of Learning from Other People’s Mistakes Fire Australia, August, 26-2

Hesketh, B., & Godley, S. (2002). A comparison of time estimations in driving with Target-Only in Motion, Self-Only in Motion, and Self-and-Target in Motion. Ecological Psychology, 14(3), 111-125.

Hesketh, B. (2002). Time-related issues in training and career development. Australian Journal of Management, 27, 31-38.

Hesketh, B. (2001). Adapting Vocational Psychology to cope with change. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 59, 203-212

Brew, F., & Hesketh, B., & Taylor, A. (2001). Individualist-collectivist differences in adolescent decision-making and decision styles with Chinese and Anglos. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 25, 1-19.

Allworth, E. A., & Hesketh, B. (2000). Job requirements biodata as a predictor of performance in customer service roles. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 8, 137-147.

Hesketh, B. (2000a). Time perspective in career-related choices: Applications of time-discounting principles. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 57, 62-84.

Hesketh, B. (2000b). The next millenium of ‘Fit’ research: Comments on 'The congruence myth: An analysis of the efficacy of the Person-Environment fit model': by H.E.A. Tinsley. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 56, 190-196.

Ivancic, K., & Hesketh, B. (2000). Learning from errors in a driving simulation: Effects on driving skill and self-confidence. Ergonomics, 43, 1966-1984.

Schippmann, J. S., Ash, R. A., Battista, M., Carr, L., Eyde, L. D., Hesketh, B., Kehoe, J., Perlman, K., Prien, E., & Sanchez, J. (2000). The practice of competency modelling. Personnel Psychology, 53, 703-740.

Allworth, E. A., & Hesketh. B. (1999). Construct oriented biodata and the prediction of adaptive performance. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 7, 97-111.

Hesketh, B., & Considine, G. (1998). Integrating individual and organisational perspectives for career development and change. European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology, 7(3), 405-418.

Hesketh, B. (1998). Careers Advice and Tertiary Decision-Making 'Downunder' in Australia. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 52, 396-408.

Hesketh, B., Watson-Brown, C., & Whiteley, S (1998). Time-related discounting of value and decision-making about job options. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 52, 89-105.

Hesketh, B., & Myors, B. (1997). How should we measure fit in organisational psychology: Or should we? Australian Psychologist, 32, 71-76.

Hesketh, B. (1997). Dilemmas in training for transfer and retention. Lead article for Applied Psychology: An International Review, 46, 317-339.

Hesketh. B. (1997). W(h)ither dilemmas in training for transfer. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 46, 380-386.

Neal, A., & Hesketh, B. (1997). Episodic knowledge and implicit learning. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 4, 1, 24-37.

Neal. A., & Hesketh, B. (1997). Future directions for implicit learning: Toward a clarification of issues associated with knowledge representation and consciousness. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 4, 1, 73 - 78.

Hesketh, B., & Whiteley, S. (1996) .Year 12 students’ estimates of their examination performance: Accurate or not? Australian Journal of Career Development, 5(2), 34-38.

Hesketh, B. (1996). Status quo effects in decision-making about training and career development. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 48, 324-338.

Hesketh, B., Rawlings, R., & Allen, R. (1996). Organisational psychology applied to forensic issues. Australian Psychologist, 31, 9 - 14.

Hesketh, B., Hesketh, T., Hansen, J. & Goranson, D. (1995). The use of fuzzy variables in developing new scales from the Strong Interest Inventory. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 42, 85-89.

Hesketh, B. (1995).Training for transferable skills. Journal of Applied Social Behaviour, 2(1), 1 - 24.

Hesketh, B., & Whiteley, S. (1995). Students’ perceptions of the help received during the tertiary admissions process. Australian Journal of Career Development, 4(3), 62 - 67.

Hesketh, B. (1995). Personality and adjustment style: A Theory of Work Adjustment approach to career enhancing strategies. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 46, 274-282.

Neal, A., Hesketh, B., & Andrews, S. (1995) Instance-based categorisation: Automatic versus intentional forms of retrieval. Memory and Cognition, 23, 227-242

Gardner, D., Foo, M.H., & Hesketh, B. (1995). Realistic Job Previews: Information processing and the accuracy of self assessment. Australian Psychologist, 20, 1, 64-70.

Ivancic, K., & Hesketh, B. (1995). Making the best of errors during training. Training Research Journal: The science and practice of training. 1, 103-126.

Hesketh, T. & Hesketh, B. (1994). Computerised Fuzzy Ratings: The concept of a fuzzy class. Behaviour Research Methods, Instruments and Computers, 26, 272-277

Bochner, S., & Hesketh, B. (1994). Power distance, individualism/collectivism, and job related attitudes among employees in a culturally diverse work place: A test of Hofstede's theory. Journal of Cross Cultural Psycholog, 25, 233-257.

Stanislaw, H., Hesketh, B., Kanavaros, S., Hesketh, T., & Robinson, K. (1994). A note on the quantification of computer programming expertise. International Journal of Human- Computer Studies, 41, 351 - 362.

Hesketh, B., Feiler, H. & Kanavaros, S. (1994). The link between training and career development. Australian Journal of Training and Development, 21(3), 6-10.

Hesketh, B. (1993). Toward a better adjusted theory of Work Adjustment. Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 43, 75-83.

Hesketh, B., & Gardner, D. (1993). Person-environment fit: A reconceptualisation and empirical test. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 42, 315-332

Hesketh, B. (1993). Measurement issues in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In C. Cooper & I. Robertson (Eds.) International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1993. Chichester, Wiley.

Hesketh, B., & Robertson, I. (1993). Validating personnel selection: A process model for research and practice. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 1, 3-17.

Hesketh, B., & Neal, A. (1993). Integrating training and career development. Australian Journal of Training and Development. 20(2), 17-24.

Pedri, S., & Hesketh, B. (1993). Time Perception: The effects of task speed and delay. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 76, 599-608.

Hesketh, B., Gardner, D., & Lissner, D. (1992). Technical and managerial career paths: An unresolved dilemma. International Journal of Career Management, 4, 9 -16.

Hesketh, B., McLachlan, K., & Gardner, D. (1992).Work adjustment theory: an empirical test using a fuzzy rating scale. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 40, 318-337.

Hesketh, B., & McLachlan, K. (1991). Career compromise and adjustment among graduates in the banking industry. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 19, 191 - 208.

Hesketh, B., & Kennedy, L. (1991). Changes and responsibilities: Policy challenges confronting careers guidance in New Zealand. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 19, 246 - 257.

Hesketh, B., Durant, C., & Pryor, R. (1990). Career compromise: a test of Gottfredson's (1981) theory using policy capturing. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 36, 97-108.

Hesketh, B., Elmslie, S., & Kaldor, W. (1990). Career compromise: an alternative account to Gottfredson's (1981) theory. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 37, 49-56.

Hesketh, B., Pryor, R., & Gleitzman, M. (1989). Fuzzy Logic: A measure of Gottfredson's (1981) occupational social space. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 36, 103-109.

Hesketh, B., Gleitzman, M., & Pryor, R. (1989). Tailoring computerised interventions to client vocational needs. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 17, 19-33.

Hesketh, B., Andrews, S., & Chandler, P. (1989). Training for transferable skills: the role of examples and schema. Educational and Training Technology International, 26(2), 156-165.

Hayes, B., & Hesketh, B. (1989). Attribution theory, judgemental biases and cognitive

behaviour modification: some prospects and problems. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 13, 211 - 231.

Hesketh, B., & Grainger, J. (1989). Current trends in vocational guidance in New Zealand. Prospects, 19(1) 75 - 81.

Pryor, R.G.L., Hesketh, B., & Gleitzman, M. (1989). Making things clearer by making them Fuzzy: Counseling illustrations of a graphic fuzzy rating scale. Career Development Quarterly, 38, 135-146.

Henderson, S., Hesketh, B., & Tuffin, K. (1988). A test of Gottfredson's theory of circumscription. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 32, 37-48.

Hesketh, B., Chandler, P. & Andrews, S. (1988). Training for transfer: Developing learning skills. The Australian TAFE Teacher, 20(2), 51-56.

Chandler, P., Waldron, R., & Hesketh, B. (1988). Maths teaching can be relevant: mathematical problems in NC programming. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 44, 1, 28-32.

Furnham, A., & Hesketh, B. (1988). Explanations for unemployment in Great Britain and New Zealand. The Journal of Social Psychology, 129(2), 169 - 181.

Hesketh, T., Pryor, R. G. L., & Hesketh, B. (1988). An application of a computerised Fuzzy Graphic Rating Scale to the psychological measurement of individual differences. International Journal of Man Machine Studies, 29, 21-35.

Vasil, L., Hesketh, B., & Podd, J. (1987). Sex differences in high school students computing behavior and attitudes. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 22, 201-213.

Hesketh, B. & Chandler, P. (1987). Training for New Technology: Adaptability and Developing Learning Skills. Australian Journal of Training and Development, 14(3), 8-11.

Hesketh, B., Wilson, L., Faulkner, A., & Jackson, C. (1987). GRADSCOPE, an analysis and evaluation. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 15, 197-213.

Hesketh, B., Shouksmith, G., & Kang, J. (1987). A case study and balance-sheet approach to unemployment. Journal of Counseling and Development, 66, 175-179.

Hesketh, B., & Roache, S. (1986). Research into classification at a Youth institution. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 19, 43-52.

Hesketh, B., & Shouksmith, G. (1986). Job and non-job activities, job satisfaction and mental health among veterinarians. Journal of Occupational Behavior, 7, 325-339.

Shouksmith, G. & Hesketh, B. (1986). Changing horses midstream: Job and life satisfaction for veterinarians, New Zealand Veterinary Science Journal, 34, 141-144.

Barnes, J., Brook, J., Hesketh, B. & Johnson, M. (1985). The psychologist as evaluator in a community setting. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 16, 681-688.

Hesketh, B. (1985). In search of a conceptual framework for vocational psychology. Journal of Counselling and Development, 64, 26-30.

Tuffin, K., Hesketh, B., & Podd, J. (1985). Experimentally induced learned helplessness: How far does it generalise? Social Behavior and Personality, 13, 55-62.

Mirfin, K., & Hesketh, B. (1985). Occupational Psychologists' perceptions of their future roles. Occupational Division Newsletter, No. 1. (4 pages). Interviews. New Zealand Counselling and Guidance Association Journal, 1(2), 6-13.

Hesketh, B. (1984). Attribution theory and unemployment: Kelly's covariation model, self-esteem and locus of control. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 24, 94-119.

Hesketh, B. (1982). Decision-making style and career decision-making behaviours among school leavers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 20, 223-235.

Hesketh, B. (1982). Work values of a group of potential school leavers at two New Zealand High Schools, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 17(1), 68-73.

Hesketh, B. & Shouksmith, G. (1982). Reasons given for being unemployed and the job search process. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 7, 137-144.

Wells, J. E., Fry, L., & Hesketh, B. (1978). Report on the Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Psychology, New Zealand Psychologist, 7(1), 24-26.

Hesketh, B. (1974). Counselling Women. Psychology Notes, 8, 4-7.

Sparrow, B., MacDonald, D., & Hesketh, B. (1978). Evaluation of vocational guidance interviews, Vocational Guidance Journal


Wang, M., & Hesketh, B. (2012). Achieving well-being in retirement: Recommendations from 20 years of research. Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology White Paper Series. (SIOP). Also HRM.

Griffin, B., Loh, V., & Hesketh, B. (2012). Age, Gender and the Retirement Process. In M. Wang (Ed.) In The Oxford Handbook of Retirement. Oxford University Press.

Hesketh, B., & Griffin, B. (2008). Selection and training for work adjustment and adaptability. In S. Cartwright & C. Cooper (Eds) The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology. Oxford University Press.

Hesketh, B., & Griffin, B. (2005). Work adjustment. In W. B. Walsh & M. L. Savickas (Eds.), Handbook of Vocational Psychology (Vol. 3). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Griffin, B & Hesketh, B. (2005). Counseling for Work Adjustment. In S. D. Brown & R. D. Lent (Eds.), Career Development and Counseling: Putting Theory and Research to Work. Wiley

Hesketh, B. & Allworth, E. (2003). Career development and change. In M. O'Driscoll, P. Taylor, & T. Kalliath (eds). Organisational Psychology in Australia & New Zealand. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Hesketh, B., & Ivancic, K. (2002). Enhancing performance through training. In S. Sonnentag (Ed.), The psychological management of individual performance in organisations. London: Sage.

Hesketh, B. (2002) Commentary on D. Dunphy and D. Stace : Changing Forms of Organisation and Management. In R Callus and R. D. Lansbury. Working Futures: The changing nature of work and employment relations in Australia. Sydney: Federation Press.

Neal, A., & Hesketh, B. (2001). Productivity in organisations. In N. Anderson, D. Ones, H. K., Sinangil, & C. Viswesvaran (Eds) Vol 2. International handbook of work and organisational psychology. London: Sage pp 7-24.

Hesketh, B. & Allworth, E. A. (2000). Prevention and development in the workplace. In S. D. Brown & R. W. Lent (Eds.), Handbook of Counseling Psychology (3rd ed., pp. 471-498).

Hesketh, B., & Ivancic, K. (1999). Training for transfer: New directions from I/O and cognitive psychology. In J. Langan-Fox & M. Griffin (Eds.), Organisational psychology in Australia (Vol. 1, pp. 1-14). Melbourne: APA.

Hesketh, B., & Neal, A. (1999). Technology and performance. In D. Ilgen & E D. Pulakos (Eds.), The changing nature of work performance: Implications for staffing, motivation and development (pp. 21-55). Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology New Frontiers Series. San Fransico: Jossey Bass.

Smithson, M. J., & Hesketh, B. (1998). Using fuzzy sets to extend Holland’s theory of occupational interests. In L. Reznik, V. Dmitrov, & J. Kacprzyk (Eds.), Fuzzy system design: Social and engineering applications. Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing (Vol 17, pp. 132-162). Berlin: Physica Verlag.

Hesketh, B., Gosper, M., Andrews, J., & Sebaz, M. (1996). Computer-mediated communication in university teaching. DEETYA EIP, June, 1996

Hesketh, B. & Rounds, J. (1995). Cross cultural perspectives on career decision-making. in B. Walsh & S.H. Osipow (Eds) Handbook of Vocational Psychology (2nd Ed.).

Rounds, J., & Hesketh, B. (1994). Theory of Work Adjustment: Unifying principles and concepts in M. Savickas & B. Lent (Eds.), Convergence in Career Theory. Consulting Psychologist Press. Palo Alto: California.

Hesketh, B. & Bochner, S. (1994). Technological change in a multicultural context: Implications for training and career planning. in H. Triandis, M. Dunnette & L. Hough (Eds.) Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Vol IV (2nd Ed.). Palo Alto, Calif.: Consulting Psychologist Press.

Hesketh, B., & Adams, A. (Eds) (1991). Psychological perspectives on occupational health and rehabilitation. Marrickville, NSW: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

In addition to co-editing the book I contributed to several chapters.

Hesketh, B. & Dawis, R. (1991). The Minnesota Theory of Work Adjustment: A conceptual framework. in B. Hesketh & A. Adams above.

Hesketh, B. & Westbrook, F. (1991). Creating a motivating environment. in B. Hesketh & A. Adams above.

Hesketh B., Adams, A., & Allworth, E. (1991). Assessing jobs and environments: Ability, cognitive and physical requirements. in B. Hesketh & A. Adams above.

Pryor, R. & Hesketh B. (1991). Increasing flexibility and adaptability: decision-making in career counselling and rehabilitation. In B. Hesketh and A. Adams above.

Taplin, J. & Hesketh, B. (1991). Evaluation and accountability. in B. Hesketh & A. Adams above.

Hesketh, B., & Chandler, P. (1990). Training in the use of Numerically Controlled and Computerised Numerically Controlled systems in industry. In Gattiker, U. E. (Ed.). Technological Innovations and Human Resources. Vol II. N.Y.: Walter de Gruyter.

Pryor, R., Hesketh, B., & Gleitzman, M. (1989). The application of fuzzy set theory to occupational interest measurement. in B. J. Fallon, H. P. Pfister, & J. Brebner (eds.) Advances in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. North Holland: Elsevier Science Publishers.

Hesketh, B., Pryor, R., Gleitzman, M., & Hesketh, T. (1988). Psychological Applications of a Computerised Fuzzy Graphic Rating Scale. In T. Zetenyi (Ed.) Psychological Applications of Fuzzy Set Theory. North Holland (Advances in Psychology series).