Northumbria University

Department of Psychology, Health and Life Sciences

Neill Thompson


Neill is also module lead for the postgraduate module Employee Selection and Assessment, undergraduate option Social Psychology of Work and he also teaches qualitative methods to postgraduate and undergraduates in psychology.

Neill’s research focuses on applying principles and methods from social and occupational psychology to the workplace, with the aim of informing organisational practice. His primary area of interest is in workplace bullying and in the employee selection field – job interview practices. He uses a range of qualitative methodology with a particular interest in video analysis and the use of naturalistic data collection.

Fields of interests

  • Qualitative Research
  • Occupational/Organisational/Industrial Psychology
  • Job / Selection Interviews
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Video Analysis
  • Workplace bullying

Proposition of common research in GETM3

My contribution comes as part of the wider multi-disciplinary GETM3 team. I collaborate at a methodological level through qualitative research, at a subject level as an occupational psychologist with experience of employee selection strategies and as an academic involvement in teaching graduate students.

Important Publications

  • Dawson, B. and Thompson, N.J. (2017) The Effect of Personality on Occupational Stress in Veterinary Surgeons. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education Spring;44(1):72-83.
  • Thompson, N.J. (2016) Mobbing in the NHS. Anaesthetic News, 352, 8-9
    Illing, J, Thompson, NJ, Crampton, PES, Rothwell, C., Kehoe, A. & Carter, M. (2016) Workplace bullying: measurements and metrics to use in the NHS. Final Report for NHS Employers.
  • Thompson, N.J. (2016) Mobbing in the NHS. Anaesthetic News, 352, 8-9
  • Carter, M., Thompson, N.J., Crampton, P.E.S, Morrow, G., Burford, B., Gray, C. & Illing, JC. (2015) Workplace bullying in the NHS: Prevalence, impact and barriers to reporting. BPS North East Branch Bulletin Issue 2- Summer 2015, pp30-35
  • Carter, M, Thompson, N, Crampton, P, Morrow, G, Burford, B, Gray, C & Illing, J (2013). Workplace bullying in the UK NHS: a questionnaire and interview study on prevalence, impact and barriers to reporting. BMJ Open 3(6): e002628.
  • Thompson, N.J., Corbett, S.C., and Welfare, M.W. (2013) A qualitative study of how doctors use impression management when they talk about stress in the UK. International Journal of Medical Education, 4:236-246.
  • Illing, J, Carter, M, Thompson, NJ, Crampton, PES, Morrow, GM, Howse, JH, Cooke, A & Burford, BC (2013). Evidence Synthesis on the occurrence, causes, consequences, prevention and management of bullying and harassing behaviours to inform decision-making in the NHS. HMSO.