People who are resilient work smarter, and can negotiate the inevitable changes that are the one certainty of life.  People who know what teamwork really means can turn good teams into great ones.

Psychology, psychometrics and neuroscience have been combined to develop The Challenge of Change designed to bring about positive influence in individuals, teams and culture. 


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  • "...our workforce is better prepared for and able to cope with change."
    Christine Sewell  
  • "We've found the Challenge of Change empowers people to adapt positively to change..."
    Kerry Cornelious  
  • "It's the only training course in the area of stress management I would recommend."
    Rochelle Spillane  
  • "...some staff have referred to it as 'life changing'..."
    Karen Mather  
  • "...the course dispelled many myths about stress, backed up with simple coping mechanisms..."
    Blair Stevenson  
  • "...really beneficial - particularly relevant in the challenging retail environment where the only real constant is change..."
    Richard Binns  
  • Derek's Intro Video

    Click here to watch Derek Roger talking about the Challenge of Change.

    Derek Roger

    Dr Derek Roger qualified originally in clinical psychology, the emphasis in Derek's work subsequently shifted towards neuroscience.  His ground-breaking research at the University of York in England has made him one of the world's leading experts on resilience and stress management, and Derek applies his significant experience at the cutting edge of neuroscience and psychology to working situations in an insightful and commercially relevant manner.  Derek is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist, and is a Fellow of the International Stress Management Association.

    Initiated - 20 year Research Programme
    Drawing on his expertise in personality, psychometrics and neuroscience, Derek initiated an innovative programme of research on stress and health at the University of York, where he established the internationally-renowned Stress Research Unit.  The Unit was funded continuously for over 20 years by research grants and attracted a significant number of UK and international visiting researchers. 

    12 years in New Zealand
    After an enjoyable and life-changing holiday in New Zealand, Derek and his wife, Gwen, moved to New Zealand in 2003.  Derek has an adjunct professorship at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, which provided a platform for the research programme to continue.   Derek and Gwen returned to the UK in 2015. 

    Published Findings
    Findings from the research have been published in over 120 journal articles, books and conference papers, including in a number of invited keynote presentations. Please refer to the Case Studies in the Resources section of this website for examples of his applied business psychology.


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