Paul Barrett - About

Current CV

I completed my BSc in Psychology and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Exeter, UK in 1978, began my academic research career under the supervision of the late Paul Kline, completing my PhD in the psychometrics of personality tests in 1981. From there I moved to work with the late Hans Eysenck at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, working on the measurement of human intelligence and personality using bioelectric potentials (EEG, median nerve conduction, and skin conductance), cross-cultural psychometrics, and chronometrics (reaction times & inspection times).

When the lab closed in 1994, I went to New Zealand as a lecturer in Research Methods within the department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury. In 1996, I was asked to become Chief Scientist and Head of the Psychometric Assessment Research Unit at one the UK’s High Security Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals (Ashworth, in Liverpool). Later in 1997, I moved on to take up the same role at the State Hospital in Carstairs.

In 2001, I was invited to return to New Zealand by a Carter Holt Harvey Corp spinoff HR company. In my role as Chief Psychologist, I was responsible with two other consultants for innovating the patented graphical profiler technology which was used within the Talent Engine product.

In 2003, I took up a 3-year position as adjunct professor of psychometrics and performance management at the University of Auckland.

During this period I also acted as an expert witness for the defense in the NZ Parole Board, High Court and Appeal Court cases, helping the court to examine the veracity of evidence presented to the court by psychologists, with specific regard to their risk assessment of offenders.

In 2006, I took up a full-time position as Chief Research Scientist with Hogan Assessment Systems Inc., working on test construction, data analysis, profiling, and new prediction methodologies/strategies.

I left Hogan Assessments at the end of September 2009, to become an independent consulting psychological scientist.

In November, 2009, I was appointed adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, NZ. I was re-appointed in 2012 as an adjunct Professor of Psychology; this position expired at the end of October, 2015.

In August 2010, I was appointed as Honorary Professor of Psychology within the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland, NZ.

During this time I accepted positions as scientific adviser to several consultancies/test publishers.

On November 1st, 2012, I took up a full-time appointment as Chief Research Scientist with Cognadev Ltd (a UK and South African based consultancy and test publisher).

I am currently a Senior Associate Editor for the journal Personality and Individual Differences, and an Associate Editor for Sage Open, and Psychological Reports. I am also a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment.