Dr Karen Whittingham, PhD, M. Management

Organisational Psychologist, Executive Coach, Speaker, MC

I confess to being a Matildas and Southern Stars fan, a little bit of a geek, having astronomy and photography as a hobby and outback travel as a passion.


About Me

Hello, I am Dr Karen Whittingham, Organisational Psychologist, Executive Coach and Speaker.

Hi, Im Dr Karen Whittingham. I spend my time helping Executives and Managers get the life they want, build the people around them and the get the projects that will help them live fulfilled lives.

Basic information

Personal Details

website: impactpsychology.com.au

Location: Sydney, Australia

Email: Karen@impactpsychology.com.au 


I'm Good At...


I have coached over 500 executives across all major Australian industries and job specialisations. In fact I also teach student psychologists how to coach executives and managers


I have assessed over 200  managers for development.  I am accredited in many cognitive and personality assessments (such as Hogans). I am an accredited GENOS EI practitioner


I have spoken at over 20 leadership conferences on unconscious bias, resilience and productivity. I have also spoken at MONA and the MCA during Vivid on the topic of Perception


I work with teams to build great business plans, new products and harness their creativity. HR practitioners  call me in to work with underperforming teams to reset their values

MY skill Areas

Technical Skills

Personality and Assessment

Cognitive Assessment

Positive Strengths Psychology

Research and Analysis

Decisions, Bias and Creativity

Figures and Finance

Technology and Disruption

Sales and Marketing

Strategy and Systems

Innovation and Start-ups


My Studies

2006 - 2010

PhD, Neuroscience

School pf Psychology, University of Sydney / Sydney

I obtained my PhD from the University of Sydney, where I studied the Neuroscience of perception and cognition in Professor Colin Clifford's Color Form and Motion lab. In 2001 I undertook a postdoc with Dr Damian Birney at the Accelerate Learning Lab in AGSM, UNSW, coaching executives and researching leadership, management, innovation and creativity.


Masters in Management

Macquarie Graduate School of Management / Macquarie University/ Sydney

A shorter degree within the MBA program at Macquarie University. I placed 1st in 2 subjects here with a 97 in Law.


M.Litt; B.A.

University of New England / Armidale

Macquarie University/ Sydney

My undergrad studies were in the school of Psychology at Macquarie University and my first masters in the School of Psychology at the University of New England.

Professional Associations

Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Member APS College of Organisational Psychologists (COP)

let's get in touch

Contact Details

I can usually respond within 24 hours. Often I am in a full training day with a client so please feel free to text me for an immediate response. 

Phone number

0412 342 098

Email Address