Professor Andrew Neal


School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56372


Andrew is Professor of Business and Organizational Psychology. Andrew leads a large program of applied research into human performance and safety in complex environments. This program has received more than $10 million in funding from the ARC, Federal and State Governments, and industry. A key focus of this program has been on end user impact, with the ultimate goal of improving the safety and effectiveness of critical national infrastructure.

Andrew's major scientific contributions have been in two areas:

  1. Performance, safety and effectiveness of people at work. He has published a series of influential papers on safety climate and work role performance. For example, the paper by Griffin, Neal and Parker (2007), which has been highly cited, reports the development of a theory of work role performance that explains how different forms of behaviour, such as adaptivity and proactivity, contribute to the effectiveness of individuals, as well as the teams and organizations that they work in.
  2. Workload, decision making, and self-regulation. Andrew's research has improved our understanding of how people manage task demands in complex systems, such as air traffic control and emergency response. These environments require people to make decisions under time pressure, and often require tradeoffs to be made amongst competing goals (eg safety vs productivity). He has developed computational models to simulate the way that people make decisions in these environment, and how they manage their workload. His research has clarified the mechanisms by which people make choices amongst competing goals, and regulate the amount of effort they apply.


  • BSc, University of New South Wales
  • PhD (Psychology), University of New South Wales


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Ballard, Timothy, Palada, Hector and Neal, Andrew (2023). Fitting computational models to data: A tutorial. Computational Modeling For IndustrialOrganizational Psychologists. (pp. 255-296) New York: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003388852-12

  • Hassall, Maureen, Xiao, Tania, Sanderson, Penelope and Neal, Andrew (2015). Human factors and ergonomics. International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. (pp. 297-305) edited by James D. Wright. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.22025-4

  • Gee, Phillip, Ballard, Timothy, Yeo, Gillian and Neal, Andrew (2012). Measuring affect over time: the momentary affect scale. Experiencing and managing emotions in the workplace. (pp. 141-173) edited by Neal M. Ashkanasy, Wilfred J. Zerbe and Charmine E. J. Härtel. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing. doi: 10.1108/S1746-9791(2012)0000008010

  • Boag, C. C. and Neal, A. (2005). The development of a tool for the analysis and modelling of mental workload. 'Setting the Standards' - Proceedings of the Sixth International Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium. (pp. x-x) edited by S. J. Thatcher, G. Edkins, B. J. Hayward and M. Nendick. Australia: Australian Aviation Psychology Association.

  • Neal, A. and Griffin, M. (2004). Safety climate and safety at work. The Psychology of Workplace Safety. (pp. 15-34) edited by J. Barling and M. R. Frone. United States: American Psychological Association.

  • Neal, A. F. and Hesketh, B. (2001). Productivity in Organisations. Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organisation Psychology, Volume 2. (pp. 7-24) edited by Neil Anderson, Deniz S. Ones, Hanadan Kepir Sinangil and Chockalingam Viswesvaran. London, UK: Sage Publications.

  • Hartel, C. E., Neal, A., Halford, G. S. and Hartel, G. F. (2000). A new approach to mental workload measurement in air traffic control. Aviation Resource Management: Proceedings of the Fourth Australian Aviation Psychology Symposium. (pp. 297-304) edited by Andrew R. Lowe and Brent J. Hayward. Vermont, USA: Ashgate Publishing Company.

  • Hartel, C. E., Neal, A., Halford, G. S. and Hartel, G. F. (2000). Cognitive determinants of expert decision making in air traffic control. Aviation Resource Management. (pp. 297-304) edited by Brent J Hayward and Andrew R Lowe. Aldershot, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Neal, A. F., Griffin, M., Paterson, J. M. and Bordia, P. (2000). Development of measures of situation awareness, task performance, and contextual performance in Air Traffic Control. Aviation Resource Management. (pp. 305-314) edited by Brent J. Hayward and Andrew R. Lowe. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

  • Neal, A. F. and Hesketh, B. (1999). Technology and performance. The Changing Nature of performance: Implications for Staffing, Motivation and Development. (pp. 21-55) edited by D. Ilgen and D. Pulakos. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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