Managing Stress and Maximising Wellbeing for Decision-Makers on Tribunals, Boards and Panels

Carly Schrever1

1University of Melbourne; Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria, Melbourne

Decision-making is sophisticated, demanding, and at times emotionally and cognitively draining.  Like judges and magistrates, decision-makers on tribunals, boards and panels work in intense adversarial environments, under time-pressure, and often in isolation, making decisions that significantly impact people’s lives.  However, until very recently, the stress associated with the work of judges and other decision-makers has not been openly discussed, much less empirically researched. So, what is the psychological impact of judicial and quasi-judicial work?  This interactive presentation will explore the latest empirical research (undertaken by the presenter) bearing upon this important question, discuss the psychology of stress more generally, and introduce a series of evidence-based strategies for managing stress and maximising wellbeing within the complex decision-making role.


Carly Schrever is a lawyer, psychologist and award-winning empirical researcher.  Carly undertook Australia’s first empirical study measuring stress and wellbeing among judges and magistrates for her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne. She is Judicial Wellbeing Advisor to the Judicial College of Victoria and regularly presents on the topic at national and international judicial and tribunal conferences.


The COAT is intended to facilitate liaison and discussion between the heads of tribunals. It will support the development of best practice models and model procedural rules, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and increased capacity for training and support for members.