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Having retired as senior lecturer in Psychology, John was appointed an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education on 2nd July 2017. Previously for over a decade he led the post-graduate Educational and Developmental Psychology Programs and was Director of the Krongold Clinic. He is a Registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Registered Counselling Psychologist, and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, Fellow of the Australian College of Educational and Developmental Psychology and Fellow of the Australian College of Counselling Psychology. He is the immediate past Chair of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. 

Research interests


  • The psychology of INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (IDs): Differential Psychology,the study of Abilities, Personality Traits. [For succinct overview of ID research point your web browser to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individual_differences].
  • Primary interest: "styles" as a way of enhancing the study of individual differences, specifically- "Ways of Thinking" (Cognitive Styles), and  "Ways of Knowing" (Epistemological Styles)
  • Secondary interest: what IDs have to offer learning, wellbeing, adjustment, and organisations.


  • The nature, modelling, measurement, and construct validity of IDs and related constructs, as well as Cultural and Linguistic impacts.

FACTORS and VARIABLES of particular interest in relation to IDs:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Happiness, Self Efficacy, Locus of Control, Coping, Resilience,


  • Multivariate Correlational Psychology, Psychometrics, Scale Development, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Modelling, Cluster Analysis, Circumplex Representation and the Psycholexical Hypothesis. Qualitative Construct Validation, Sequential Mixed Methods, Person Centered Analysis

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Educational Psychology
  • Cognitive and Thinking Styles
  • Scale Development
  • Psychological Assessment