Published on February 3rd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer0
Squawk 7000 – Mental Health in Pilots – We’re only Human too
In conversation with Capt.Paul Cullen Aviation Wellbeing Consultant / Human Factors Researcher.
Captain Paul Cullen is a researcher with the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, and the founder of the Lived Experience Wellbeing Project. Paul is an IFALPA accredited accident investigator and has logged over 13,000 hours flying the A320/1, A330 and B737. Paul previously held the role of Director of Safety & Technical with the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association and is currently Secretary of the Human Factors (Wellbeing) Group at the Royal Aeronautical Society. Paul has collaborated with a range of industry stakeholders such as the Flight Safety Foundation, EASA and the International Labour Organisation.
Paul is particularly interested in understanding how sources of Work-Related Stress affect the physical, mental and social wellbeing of safety-critical workers in aviation, and how this impacts flight safety. In particular, Paul wants to understand why some workers are susceptible to psychological distress yet others remain resilient while working in a similar environment, and to determine how resilience training might best be incorporated into aviation.
Paul is a staunch advocate for the acceptance of mental health within aviation, seeing it as something to be embraced rather than feared.