Dr Rick van der Zwan spent 20 years as a behavioural neuroscientist investigating how the brain mediates social behaviours. He was most interested in understanding how people perceive, and particularly how they perceive each other. He continues to collaborate on research projects investigating non-verbal interactions between people.
In 2014 Rick set up his own research and evaluation consultancy. Rick has provided services to a range of organisations including universities, NGOs, NFPs, international schools, and the Government. His work has taken him around the world, including projects in Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Canada, and the USA.
Rick is an experienced presenter and writer, and an expert at unpacking difficult ideas. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences and workshops. Rick is actively sought-after as a presenter who will challenge his audience to reframe their thinking to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities.
Rick has been a mental health advocate for Rotary, Lifeline, the Men’s Shed. He presented on ABC radio for more than 10 years and is frequently asked for comment. He has more than 100 scientific and other publications across all types of media.
Rick brings his knowledge of person perception and non-verbal communication to leadership development and team building. He works with individuals to enable them to better articulate their goals and their “personal brand”, and to grow their careers.
Rick holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a PhD, both from the University of Sydney.