Professor emeritus

Henk van der Flier

Professor emeritus

Room: MF-C569


Henk van der Flier was Professor and Head of the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam until 2008. He was Head of the Department of Industrial Psychology of the Dutch Railways until 1990 and Manager Product Development and Quality of the Arbo Management Group (Occupational Health Service) until 1998.

Research interests

His research interests are in the fields of Working Conditions, Safety, Personnel Selection, Psychometrics and Cross-Cultural Psychology. Among his publications in international journals are those on Educational Selection in developing countries (Kenya and Tanzania), Person Fit (Aberrance Scores), Item Bias (Iterative Logit Method) and Safety Errors (Railway Signals Passed at Danger). He was also involved in studies concerning the use of selection tests for immigrant groups in the Netherlands (ability tests, personality tests and computerized psychomotor tests), the Flynn Effect, selection of students for a Pre-Entry Science Program in South Africa, evaluation and improvement of Assessment Center Methods and several projects in the fields of Recruitment, Work Socialization, Mixture Measurement Modeling, Affect in Groups, Proactive Personality and Academic Success in Higher Professional Education.

Key Publications

Hooft, E.A.J. van, Born, M.Ph., Taris, T.W., Flier, H. van der, & Blonk, R.W.B. (2004) Predictors of job search behavior among employed and unemployed people. Personnel Psychology, 57, 25-59.

Nijenhuis, J. te & Flier, H. van der (1997) Comparability of GATB scores for immigrants and majority group members: Some Dutch findings.Journal of Applied Psychology, 82, 675-687.

Flier, H. van der & Schoonman, W. (1988) Railway signals passed at danger. Applied Ergonomics, 19, 135-141.

Born, M.Ph., Bleichrodt, N., & Flier, H. van der (1987) Cross-cultural comparison of sex-related differences on intelligence tests: A meta-analysis Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 18, 283-314.

Flier, H. van der, Mellenbergh, G.J., Ader, H.J, & Wijn, M. (1984) The iterative item bias detection method. Journal of Educational Measurement, 21, 131-145.

Flier, H. van der (1982) Deviant response patterns and comparability of test scores. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 13, 267-298.