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I joined the University in July 2014 as a lecturer in psychology to contribute to the Division’s research and teaching in the area of occupational/organisational psychology.
For about 1 year before moving to the UK, I worked as a research fellow for the Institute of Industrial Psychology at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. I taught courses on 'Change management' and 'Security psychology' as well as 'Personnel planning, selection and performance appraisal'. From a research side, I contributed actively to international collaborations within and outside of NATO. I co-authored the NATO edited book 'Enhancing Coping with Crisis and Terrorism' and NATO's 'SCO Technical Report on Military Suicides'.
Before turning fully to the civil academic world I was contributing to the field of military psychology as a uniformed research psychologist. Since 2007 I was a research fellow in Estonian National Defence College. During those years I was involved in several NATO and one EDA collaborative projects as well as teaching and supervising in the area of military psychology. In addition, I contributed to the development of the field of military psychology in Estonia by organising national and international conferences, workshops and seminars. During this period the e-course 'Psychology in Military Practicei was produced and two translated books for educational purposes edited.
A double PhD was obtained in Belgium in Psychology (Leuven University) and Social and Military Sciences (Brussels Military Academy).
I am a member of the Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research and the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences.
My research interests draw on an interactional approach: examining human behaviour in context wherever person-in-environment concepts can be applied. Projects currently active:
Parmak, M (2017) ‘National resilience as a security concept’. In: Military psychology and leadership development. Jaipur: Rawat Publications. pp. 77-94. ISBN 978-81-316-0908-8
Parmak, M (2016) ‘Health beyond symptoms: Multidimensional approach to functional fitness in military organisations’. In: Military psychology from an international perspective. : . .
Parmak, M (2015) ‘National Resilience in Multinational Societies’. In: Resiliency: Enhancing coping with crisis and terrorism. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press. . ISBN 978-1-61499-489-3
Parmak, M (2014) ‘An interactionistic approach to military selection: Interaktsiooniline lähenemine personalivalikule sõjaväes’. In: Psihologia Militara: INFO-PSIHO 2014: Psychology as a Multiplier for the Military Operational Capacity , 24th April 2014, Bucharest. Bucharest, Romania: Editura Universtitatii Nationale de Aparare "Carol I". pp. 158-162. ISBN 978-606-660-110-8
Parmak, M., Mylle, J. and Euwema, M. (2014) ‘Sensation Seeking and Perceived Need for Structure Moderate Soldiers Well-Being Before and After Operational Deployment’ Military Behavioral Health , 2 (1), pp. 75-81. ISSN 2163-5781
Adler, A., Delahaji, R., Bailey, S., Van den Berge, C., Parmak, M., van Tussenbroek, B., Puente, J., Landratova, S., Kral, P., Kreim, G., Rietdijk, D., McGurk, D. and Castro, C. (2013) ‘NATO Survey of Mental Health Training in Army Recruits’ Military Medicine , 178 (7), pp. 760-766. ISSN 0026-4075
Parmak, M., Mylle, J. and Euwema, M. (2013) ‘Personality and the perception of situation structure in a military environment: seeking sensation versus structure as a soldier’ Journal of Applied Social Psychology , 43 (5), pp. 1040-1049. ISSN 00219029
Parmak, M., Euwema, M. and Mylle, J. (2012) ‘Changes in sensation seeking and need for structure before and after a combat deployment.’ Military Psychology , 24 (6), pp. 551-564. ISSN 0899-5605
Jermalavi?ius, T. and Parmak, M. (2010) Towards a resilient society, or why Estonia does not need psychological defence Tallinn, Estonia: ICDS: International Centre for Defence Studies
I am particularly interested in the supervision of projects in following areas: