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Career Panorama

#CDAA2017 Keynote Speaker Ryan Duffy

17th Apr 17

The 2017 Career Development of Association conference, in Brisbane this May 17-19, is unmissable for many reasons, not least of which will be the keynote address by Dr. Ryan Duffy from the University of Florida. Ryan will speak about the recently published Psychology of Working Theory, which has been the subject of two enormously popular CDAA Careers Conversations and provides a theoretical foundation for the research of the Australian Collaboratory for Career Employment & Learning for Living.

Dr. Ryan Duffy

Dr. Ryan Duffy is a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology. He is an internationally recognized leader in the study of two main areas - work as a calling and the psychology of working. To date Ryan has published over 90 peer reviewed journal articles, many of which have appeared in counseling and vocational psychology's top tier journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology (JCP), The Counseling Psychologist (TCP), and the Journal of Vocational Behavior (JVB).

Recently, Ryan and his colleagues sought to integrate research from the psychology of working with findings from other disciplines (e.g., multicultural psychology, sociology, labor economics) to develop an integrative Psychology of Working Theory. This theory paper was recently published in JCP (Duffy et al., 2016) and is designed to capture the work experiences of all individuals, especially those who are marginalized. Ryan has have been cited close 4000 times according to Google Scholar.

Ryan is also part of project teams which have received over $4 million in grant funding on topics relating to career development from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Finally, Ryan is an editorial board member of JVB, JCP, the Journal of Career Assessment, and the Career Development Quarterly.

Keynote address: Putting the Psychology of Working to Work

The world of work is in a consistent state of change and for the majority of adults around the globe finding decent work is a priority. In this keynote presentation, Dr Ryan Duffy will outline the recently developed Psychology of Working Theory (Duffy, Blustein, Diemer, & Autin, 2016) and discuss how concepts from the theory may be useful for career practitioners.

The theory attempts to describe the career development process of all working adults – regardless of privilege – by highlighting structural and psychological factors that promote the attainment of decent work and describing how attaining decent work leads to need satisfaction and well-being. Dr Duffy will briefly discuss ongoing quantitative and qualitative research supporting the theory’s propositions and will conclude by honing in on potential intervention strategies that may help individuals find and secure decent work.

Register for the 2017 CDAA National conference

Register now for the 2017 CDAA National Conference, to be held at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square from 17 - 19 May, 2017.