PhD (Cardiff University, UK) 2011 – Motivation to learn: Test of a model in different training contexts
MSc Occupational Psychology (Cardiff University, UK ) 1998
Certificate of University Teaching and Learning (Cardiff University, UK) 2009
BSc Psychology (University of Wales, Swansea), 1997.
Holds the BPS Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level A) and the BPS Certificate of Personality Testing (Level B)
A qualified Assessor for the BPS Qualification in Psychometric Testing
Michal is a Registered Occupational Psychologist with a wealth of research and consultancy experience. She has university teaching and research experience in the UK and is an active member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Training Committee. Michal is an applied psychologist and as such her research focuses on the application of psychological theories in a diverse range of workplace settings. This includes research projects that span across the broad spectrum of occupational psychology such as training, leaedership, and occupational rehabilitation. With extensive experience of research in the field of individual differences in organisational training, Michal is now a source of expertise for the BPS Occupational Psychology in Policy Group on the topic of continuous learning.
Michal provided a range of research and consultancy services to organisations such as South Wales Police, Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, and the Ministry of Defence in the area of organisational training and presented her work nationally and internationally.
Course Leader BSc Psychology (Treforest and Caerleon)
Module Leader of the following UG modules: Personality & Individual Differences (L5), Dissertation (L6)
Module Leader of the following PG modules: Research Methods & Project Management in Organisations; Leadership in 21st Century Organisations
Supervision of final year and postgraduate dissertations
Member of the Faculty Extenuating Circumstances Committee
Coombes, L. & Tombs-Katz, M. (2015). Interactive Therapeutic Music Skill-sharing in the West Bank: An Evaluation Report of Project Beit Sahour. Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education
Tombs-Katz, M. (2014). Fostering a continuous learning culture in the NHS: The role of leadership. In L. Tate, E. Donaldson-Feilder, K. Teoh, B. Hug & G. Everest (Eds). Implementing culture change within the NHS: Contributions from Occupational Psychology. Occupational Psychology in Public Policy (OPIPP) Group Report. The British Psychological Society.
Tombs, M., Johnson K., Tyson, P., & Laws, K. (2013) Physical activity and cognitive function in a student population. Research in Higher Education 31 (3), 91 – 94.
Patrick, J., Smy, V. Tombs, M., & Shelton, K. (2012) Being in one’s chosen job determines pre-training attitudes and training outcomes. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8325.2011.02027.x
Patrick, J., Scrase, J., Ahmed, A., & Tombs, M. (2009) Effectiveness of instructor behaviours and their relationship to leadership. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 82 (3), 491-510.
Tombs, M. (2004) The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and its use within the occupational assessment process. Journal of Occupational Psychology, Division of Work and Pensions, 6 (2), 79-84.
Tombs, M. (2014) Satisfied trainees make for satisfied employees: A study into the relationship between perceptions of training and workplace attitudes. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, The British Psychological Society Conference Proceedings: Brighton.
Tombs, M. & Morgan, P. (2013) Changes in Trainees’ Motivation to use a Learning Portfolio: A Longitudinal Investigation. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, The British Psychological Society Conference Proceedings: Chester.
Tombs, M. & Patrick J. (2012) Trainees’ dispositions, motivations, and the training context and their effect on training outcomes: a study with new recruits in two UK police forces during initial training. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, The British Psychological Society Conference Proceedings: Chester.
Tombs, M. & Patrick, J. (2008) Training motivation: Test of a model in a military setting. Poster presented at The 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference Proceedings: San Francisco.
Tombs, M. & Patrick, J. (2007) The effect of motivation to learn and training support variables on learning outcomes. Poster presented at the Xth European Congress of Psychology, the European Congress of Psychology Conference Proceedings: Prague.
Tombs, M. & Patrick, J. (2005) Motivating the difficult to train: test of an integrative model of motivation to learn. Paper presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, The British Psychological Society Conference Proceedings: Warwick.
Tombs, M. & Martin, R. (1998) Social exchanges in the workplace: Antecedents of organisational citizenship behaviour. Paper presented at the Postgraduate Occupational Psychology Conference, The British Psychological Society Conference Proceedings: City University, London.
Associate member of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
A Registered Psychologist (Occupational) and HCPC Registered
Member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and of DOP Training Committee
Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
External examiner MSc Occupational / Business Psychology Worcester University
External examiner MSc Occupational/Business Psychology Kingston University
Michal is actively involved in accreditation and monitoring of postgraduate course in Occupational Psychology through the BPS.
Having worked for Jobcentre Plus as a Work Psychologist, Michal has a particular expertise in the field of disability and employment. Her current area of practice involves cognitive assessment of individuals with complex health conditions, with a particular focus on employment rehabilitation and retention.
Michal also delivers training for the Qualification in Psychometric Testing at the University of South Wales.
Michal is an applied psychologist and as such her research focuses on the application of psychological theories in a diverse range of workplace settings. This includes research projects that span across the broad spectrum of occupational psychology such as training, leaedership, and occupational rehabilitation. With extensive experience of research in the field of individual differences in organisational training, Michal is now a source of expertise for the BPS Occupational Psychology in Policy Group on the topic of continuous learning.
2013 – Awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant for the value of £3K to develop and maintain a web based resource of psychological tests and measures.
2012 – Awarded a contract to deliver a whole Wales Leadership Programme for Senior Civil Servants in Wales under the new AcademiWales Flagship in collaboration with Dr Jonathan Deacon at the Business School(£17.5K).
2012 – Collaborative research project with Liz Coombes (Programme Leader of the MA in Music Therapy) into the effectiveness of a training programme on training educators in the therapeutic use of music in the classroom. The project received the financial support of the Centre of Excellence in Learning andTeaching (CELT) and is also supported by the Global Crisis Intervention Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy. The research was conducted in two schools in Bethlehem, Palestine.
2005-2006 – Effectiveness of coaching in military training. Funded through the Haldane-Spearman consortium by UK, MoD ‘Preparing People for Operations’ Programme, £100K. PI with Co-Is Prof John Patrick and Dr Afia Ahmed, Cardiff University.
Funded by Cardiff University (three years) to conduct PhD research and provide practitioner workshops to students on the MSc in Occupational Psychology.
Michal supervised numerous postgraduate students in the field of occupational and business psychology on a range of projects including: predictors of training efficacy; single parenting and employment; the effect of leader-employee on job satisfaction and organisational commitment; and on the relationship between transformational leadership and instructor behaviours.
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