J.P. Bradley (Retd)

J.P. Bradley
Lieutenant-Colonel
J.P. Bradley (Retd)
CD, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Office:
Hewett House - Room 306
Telephone:
(613) 541-6000 ext 6620
Fax:
(613) 541-6822
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Department of Military Psychology and Leadership
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Professional Biography

Prior to enrolling in the Canadian Forces in 1971, Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Bradley completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island.

Infantry

In 1971, LCol Bradley was commissioned as a subaltern in the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) where he served for 12 years before leaving the infantry to become a personnel selection officer. He had four postings as an Infantry officer. First, he served a two-year tour as a Rifle Platoon Commander in 2RCR, followed by a three-year posting with 2 Commando of the Airborne Regiment where he was employed consecutively as a Platoon Commander, Unit Intelligence Officer and Company Second-in-Command. Next came a three-year tour as the Regular Force Advisor for First Battalion, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, a military unit in St Johns, and then he finished his Infantry service with a two-year tour as Second-in-Command of J Company, 2RCR. During his early years as a Platoon Commander, he served two six-month tours with the UN in Cyprus, one during the hostilities of 1974, and also participated in several small-unit exchanges with the U.S. Army.

Personnel Selection

LCol Bradley reclassified to the Personnel Selection Occupation in July 1983 and served as a base personnel selection officer at Canadian Forces base (CFB) Gagetown and CFB North Bay for four years. The primary duties of this job involved psychological testing, occupational and educational counselling, and assessing individuals for trade re-assignments, officer selection, and special employment.

Post-Graduate Education and Research

In 1987 he was selected to proceed on Post Graduate Training at the University of Western Ontario to pursue an MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. In his MA studies, LCol Bradley specialized in the influence of employment attitudes (e.g., commitment, satisfaction, etc.) on work-related outcomes like performance and attrition. His thesis research examined the impact of military physicians' attitudes toward military service on turnover and formed part of the research findings used in the Medical Officer Occupation get-well program of the late 1980s.

For five years in the period from 1989 to 1994, he was employed as a researcher in the Officer Selection and Training Section of the CF Personnel Applied Research Unit (CFPARU) in Toronto where his research covered the areas of employee attrition, personnel selection, leadership, and attitude measurement. For three of these years, LCol Bradley was the Canadian psychologist member on the Euro-NATO Aircrew Selection Working Group, an international panel of psychologists and pilots tasked with developing a common selection system for NATO fast-jet pilot selection.

In 1994, LCol Bradley returned to the University of Western Ontario to complete his PhD. In this phase of his studies, he focussed on psychological measurement, in particular the measurement of intelligence, personality (i.e., disposition), and work performance. His dissertation research examined the utility of employing personality measurement in CF officer candidate selection.

Personnel Selection Policy

In 1996, LCol Bradley spent one year at NDHQ developing selection policy in the Assistant Deputy Minister (Personnel) Group. While at NDHQ, he represented Canada on Sub-Group U of The Technical Cooperation Panel (TTCP), an international group of personnel specialists from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

Teaching

LCol Bradley teaches the following academic courses:

  • At the graduate level, a one-year course (two semesters) on Leadership in the War Studies Programme
  • A one-semester course on Leadership to the fourth year students
  • A one-semester course on Military Professionnalism and Ethics to the fourth year students

Publications

Theses:

  • Turnover intentions among physicians in the Canadian Forces. Unpublished master's thesis. University of Western Ontario. 1989.
  • Predicting basic military officer training performance with three types of personality measures: Self-reports, interviewer ratings and reference ratings. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Western Ontario. 1998.

Conference presentations:

  • Bradley, J.P. (1990). Using the Fishbein and Ajzen model to predict turnover among military physicians. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Bradley, J.P. (1990). Validation of a naval officer selection board. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Military Testing Association, Orange Beach, Alabama, 5-9 November, 1990.
  • Bradley, J.P. (1991). Assessment centre experience in the Canadian Forces. Paper presented at the 19th International Congress on the Assessment Centre Method, Toronto, Ontario, 7-9 May, 1991.
  • Bradley, J.P. (1991). Effects of a pay raise on military physicians' turnover intentions. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, Alberta, 13-15 June 1991.
  • Wiesner, W.H., Latham, G.P., Bradley, J.P., & Okros, A.C. (1992). A comparison of the situational and behaviour description interviews in the selection of naval officers: Preliminary results. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City, Quebec, 11-13 June 1992.
  • Bradley, J.P. (November, 1993) What's wrong with using pass/fail to report performance on courses? Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Military Testing Association held at Williamsburg, Virginia, 18 November 1993.

Research documents for the Canadian armed forces:

  • Bradley, J.P., & Paunonen, S.V. (1989b). The determinants of medical officers' intentions to leave the Canadian Forces (Working Paper 89-4). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P. (1990). Confirming the determinants of medical officer attrition (Working Paper 90-10). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P. (1990). A validation study on the Naval Officer Assessment Board's ability to predict MARS Officer training success (Working Paper 90-7). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Stouffer, J.M., & Bradley, J.P. (1992). Screening Cadet Instructor List officers and civilian instructor applicants (Working Paper 92-3). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Reeves, D.T., & Bradley, J.P. (1992). Naval attitudes toward submarine service (Working Paper 92-6). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.

Technical memorandums for the Canadian armed forces:

  • Lyon, C.D.F., & Bradley, J.P. (1988). Proposal to study attrition among medical officers (Technical Note 6/88). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P., & Paunonen, S.V. (1989a). Development of the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Questionnaire (CFMOQ) (Technical Note 1/89). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Agar, S.E., & Bradley, J.P. (1990). A research plan for investigating voluntary attrition during MARS officer training (Technical Note 15/90). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P., & Okros, A.C. (1991). New directions in Canadian Forces officer selection research (Technical Note 8/91). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Carter, J.R., & Bradley, J.P. (1991). Progress report on naval officer selection and attrition research (Technical Note 10/91). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P., Thompson, R.C., MacIntyre, A.T., & Stouffer, J.M. (1993). Psychometric properties and factor structure of the GC2-R administered under untimed conditions (Technical Note 6/93). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P. (1993). Measuring and Reporting Performance on Canadian Forces Training Courses (Technical Note 13/93). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
  • Bradley, J.P., Wiesner, W.H., & Latham, G.P. (1993). Comparison of the situational interview and patterned behaviour description interview formats on the naval officer assessment board (Technical Note 23/93). Willowdale, Ontario: Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit.
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