Claudia Nuttgens
Principal psychologist

What were you doing before you joined
The Future Work Centre?

I was working as a consultant, both on my own and as part of a team. My work included consulting on big change programmes, selection and assessment assignments and running leadership development programmes. I’m an active member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and have done lots of public speaking to raise awareness of the value of occupational psychology.

What excites you most about your role?

The market’s tougher now than when I started out; by developing early-career occupational psychologists, the Future Work Centre raises the chances that talented new occupational psychologists will stay in the field. I’m also committed to its pro-social model, as it allows us to focus on producing well-thought-through, robust and socially significant research.

Why is an evidence-based approach important?

Because the opposite is a huge waste of time and money! Any psychologist who values what they do should make sure their advice and research goes beyond conjecture and the latest fad and is grounded in the best available evidence from a variety of sources. It’s this evidence base that allows us to call ourselves scientists.

What does work mean to you?

My work is more than a job. Being an Occupational Psychologist is now part of my identity; in the same way that I am a mother, a wife, a friend – I am also an OP. I think my work makes me a more rounded person.