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Dr Jennifer Whelan
Managing Director
Psynapse Psychometrics
Honorary Fellow
Melbourne Business School

Jennifer is the founding director of Psynapse Psychometrics and an Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Business School. After an early career in human resource management, she completed her PhD in social psychology at the University of Melbourne. Innovative, and outcomes-driven, Jennifer combines her depth of research expertise and organisational experience to provide evidence-based organisational change and leadership development programs.

Jennifer’s work focuses on helping organisations to realise the benefits of organisational diversity and inclusion. Her work also extends to leadership development, in which she employs an adaptive potential model to help leaders and organisations cultivate the unconscious mental habits that drive enhanced performance and capability.

In 2011, combining her extensive research expertise with her commercial HR background, Jennifer developed Psynapse, a commercial application for assessing implicit thinking, including unconscious bias and stereotypes. Jennifer has successfully leveraged partnerships with a number of prestigious consultancies, through which she has delivered commercial and research solutions that capitalise on the insights provided by implicit thinking assessments. Jennifer also provides consulting expertise, thought leadership, tailored assessment programs, workshops, and executive development programs on diversity, inclusive leadership, and adaptive potential.

Jennifer is an active thought leader and a regular contributor to industry forums, events, media, and public debate, including engagements with The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) and the 100% Project.

Her recent articles include:


  • The Myth of Merit and Unconscious Bias. The Conversation, October, 2013.
  • Is the idea of unique female business qualities a stereotype? The Conversation, June, 2013.
  • Barriers to equality of opportunity in the workforce: The role of unconscious bias. In Women in Leadership: Closing the Gap. Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), June 2013.
  • Whelan, J., & Wood, R. (2013) Increasing gender diversity through targets with teeth. In Women in Leadership: Closing the Gap. Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), June 2013
  • Targets and Quotas for women in leadership: A global review of policy, practice and psychological research. Centre for Ethical Leadership, Melbourne Business School, May 2012.






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