Sharon is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behavior at Curtin University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield. She is a recipient of the ARC’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the 2016 Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. Sharon is also a Chief Investigator in the ARC's Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research (CEPAR) and leads the 'Organisations' and the Mature Workforce' research stream.
Sharon’s research focuses particularly on job and work design, and she is also interested in proactive behavior, change, well-being, development, and job performance. She has published more than 80 internationally refereed articles, including in top tier journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Annual Review of Psychology.
Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the US Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Sharon is an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Annals, a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, and she has served on numerous editorial boards. She is a past chair of the UWA Academic Promotion Committee.
Sharon has attracted competitive research funding worth over $40,000,000 and has worked as a researcher and consultant in a wide range of public and private organisations.