BA (Hons)(London), PhD (London), FAPS

(Deceased), 2020-03-12

Professor Anthony (Tony) Winefield was a distinguished, highly cited scholar of management and organisational psychology who published more than 200 refereed journal articles and 8 books. He was known internationally for his award-winning work on work-related stress, both for the employed and the unemployed.

In 2000, he gave an invited 'State of the Art' lecture at the 27th International Congress of Psychology in Stockholm and in 2006 he gave an invited keynote address at the 28th International Congress on Occupational Health in Milan. In 1993 he received the Supervisor of the Year award from the University of Adelaide Postgraduate Students Association and in 2003 the Elton Mayo award from the Australian Psychological Society College of Organisational Psychologists for “Outstanding contributions to Industrial/Organisational Psychology Research and Teaching”. He won the STAR (Stress and Anxiety Research Society) 2015 Lifetime Career Award, “presented annually to a current member of the STAR society who has a long and distinguished history of scientific contributions to one or more of the following areas: stress, coping, emotions and health.”

He received some 12,000 Google Scholar citations with an h-index of 61 and nearly 7,000 Web of Science citations with an h-index of 35. He supervised 36 PhD theses to completion, including two ASSA fellows (Professors John Sweller and Marika Tiggemann) as well as a former Australian University Vice Chancellor (Professor James Barber, UNE). 


Vale Anthony (Tony) Winefield, PhD, FASSA, FAPS (31.10.37 - 12.03.20)

With the death in March of Tony Winefield, Psychology has lost an effective advocate at state, national and international levels.

Tony was born in London just before WWII, then he and his parents moved to the countryside and he attended several different primary schools. Back in London at secondary school he developed a passion for sport, which became a life-long characteristic. He attended University College London and graduated with a PhD in Psychology, accepted a lecturing job at Uni Adelaide, and arrived in November 1962 having turned 25 on the boat. During his academic career - Senior Lecturer 1970, Associate Professor 1982, Foundation Professor of Psychology at University of South Australia from 1999, Emeritus from 2018 – Tony taught thousands of undergraduates and supervised and mentored scores of Psychology Honours and Masters students and 36 PhD candidates; many of his ex-students continue to remember him fondly.

During the same period he accumulated a very impressive track record as author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high-impact journals, a conference organiser and keynote presenter, and winner of numerous awards and honours as well as competitive research grants worth nearly .5m. These grants supported his research projects – principally into learned helplessness, the psychological effects of unemployment, and the causes and consequences of job stress; they also created employment opportunities for a long succession of research assistants many of whom went on to their own academic careers.

It was also during the same period that he served stints as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Head of Department of Psychology, at the University of Adelaide, was an active and long-standing member of the Staff Association and the National Tertiary Education Union, and campaigned for greater democracy in appointments of Heads of Department. In addition although not himself a practitioner in psychological services, he showed enduring commitment to the profession by his APS membership (since 1966), his roles as Chair and Deputy Chair of the SA Branch, and at the national level his Directorship of Training and Standards, his membership (1994-2010) of the SA Psychological Board, and of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. In more recent years he was an active participant in the APS Interest Group Psychologists for Peace. 

Thus Tony’s professional achievements were diverse across many arenas. In his leisure time apart from being a proud and involved parent and later grandparent, he played volleyball, in a special (“Australian rules”) form developed and promoted by himself; he set up a veteran’s (later Masters) soccer league for players over 35 which now has 18 teams, and he pursued his hobbies of playing the piano and regular games of bridge. Both within and beyond the world of Psychology to which he devoted his working life, he is being remembered as a person with a great sense of fun, compassion, and thirst for social justice.

Written by Emeritus Professor Helen Winefield with input from Professor Maureen Dollard.

2019-2020  Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of South Australia 

2003-2006  Director, Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia

1999-2018  Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of South Australia 

1982-1999  Reader/Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Adelaide 

1970-1981  Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Adelaide 

1962-1969  Lecturer in Psychology, University of Adelaide

1992  Fellow, Australian Psychological Society

1993  University of Adelaide Postgraduate Students’ Association award for Supervisor of the Year

2003  Australian Psychological Society College of Organisational Psychologists Elton Mayo award for outstanding contributions to I/O research and teaching

2015  Stress and Anxiety Research Society Lifetime Career Award for “a long and distinguished history of scientific contribution to one or more of the following areas: stress, coping, emotions and health.”

1. Gillespie, N.A., Walsh, M., Winefield, A.H, Dua, J. & Stough. (2001), Occupational stress in universities: Staff perceptions of thee causes, consequences and moderators of stress. Work and Stress 15, 53-72. 

 2. Winefield, A.H., Gillespie, N., Stough, C., Dua, J., Hapuarachchi, J. & Boyd, C, (2003). Occupational stress in Australian university staff: Results from a national survey International Journal of Stress Management, 10, 51-63. 

3. Delfabbro, P., Winefield, T., Trainor, S., Dollard, M., Anderson, S., Metzer, J. & Hammarström, A. (2006). Peer and teacher bullying/victimization in South Australian secondary students: Prevalence and psychosocial profiles. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 76, 71-90. 

 4. Tiggemann, M., & Winefield, A.H. (1984). The effects of unemployment on the mood, self-esteem, locus of control, and depressive affect of school leavers. Journal of Occupational Psychology, 57, 33-42. 

 5. Dollard, M.F. Winefield, H.R. Winefield, A.H. & de Jonge, J. (2000). Psychosocial job strain in human service workers: A test of the demand-control-support model. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 73, 501-510. 

6. Dollard, M.F. & Winefield, A.H. (1998). A test of the demands-control/support model of work stress in correctional officers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 3, 243-264. 

 7. Winwood, P.C., Winefield, A.H. & Lushington, K. (2006). Work-related fatigue and recovery: The contribution of age, domestic responsibilities and shiftwork. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 56, 438-449. 

 8. Winefield, A.H. (1995). Unemployment: Its psychological costs. In C.L. Cooper & I.T. Robertson (Eds.), International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 10, Chapter 5, pp. 169-212, London: Wiley. 

 9. Winefield, A.H., Tiggemann, M., Winefield, H.R., & Goldney, R.D. (1993). Growing up With Unemployment: A longitudinal study of its psychological impact. (200 pp) London: Routledge. 

 10. Winefield, A.H., Winefield, H.R., Tiggemann, M., & Goldney, R.D. (1991). A longitudinal study of the psychological effects of unemployment and unsatisfactory employment on young Australians. Journal of Applied Psychology, 76, 424-431.