Michael Jones Bio




Name Professor Michael P. Jones
Qualifications BSc(Hons), PhD, A.STAT, C.STAT
Organisation Psychology Department, Macquarie University
Role in Organisation Professor of Psychology
Deputy Head of Psychology
Associate Dean (International)
Research  Interests
  1. Rural medical workforce
  2. Personality and career choice
  3. Predictive modelling
  4. Functional gastrointestinal disorders
Brief Bio
Mike is currently Professor of Psychology, Deputy Head of the Psychology Department and Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney, having undertaken a term as Head of Psychology (2007-2010). His primary training is in biostatistics and he has worked in epidemiology in a number of areas of medical research.  Mike is particularly interested in the shortage of medical practitioners in rural areas of Australia and personal as well as structural reasons for the medical workforce shortage.

Mike is currently involved in studies of the connections between characteristics of the individual (personality, mood, etc) and rural workforce intentions where probabilistic methods play an important role.  Mike has a strong track record of research achievement with 160 articles published to date in peer-reviewed journals and is currently a Co-Chief Investigator on five competitively achieved grants and an Associate Investigator on a sixth.

In addition to his substantive appointment at Macquarie University, Mike has held the honorary position of Visiting Research Scientist at the Mayo Clinic (USA) where he worked with Professor Nicholas Talley and others, and has active collaborations with colleagues at Monash University, the Harvard Medical School, the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Top 5 recent publications 
(over last 5 years)
  1. Jones MP, Humphreys JS and Bushnell J. Are rural placements positively associated with rural intentions in medical graduates? Medical Education, Accepted October 2013.
  2. Jones MP, Eley D, Lampe L, Coulston CM, Malhli GS, Wilson I, Kelly B, Talley NJ, Owen C, Corrigan C, Griffin B, Humphreys JS, Alba B and Stagg P. (2013). The role of personality in medical students’ initial intention to become rural doctors, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21(2): 80-89.
  3. Jones MP,Humphreys J and Nicholson T. (2012). Is personality the missing link in understanding recruitment and retention of rural general practitioners? Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20(2): 74-79.
  4. Jones MP, Humphreys J and McGrail M. (2012). Why does a rural background make medical students more likely to intend to work in rural areas and how consistent is the effect? A study of the rural background effect, Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(1): 29-34.
  5. Jones M, Humphreys J and Prideaux D. (2009). Predicting medical students' intentions to take up rural practice after graduation.Medical Education, 43(3) 1001-1009.