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Faculty, Student and Alumni Achievements, Organizational Psychology Program, CSPP Issue #3, Spring 2014

Alliant International University
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Published on: 04/16/2014
Last Updated: 05/26/2023
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Faculty and Student Achievements:

Prof. Nurcan Ensari, Ph.D.

Program Director, Los Angeles

Prof. Ensari had a recent publication with her colleagues from San Francisco State University, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Boyd, M., Kim, M., Ensari, N., Yin, Z. (2014). Perceived motivational team climate in relation to task and social cohesion    among male college athletes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology,     44, 115–123.

Prof. Ensari presented a webinar on “Getting From College to Career in Organizational Psychology” in February.

She also moderated a round table discussion on “Identifying Barriers to Women's Career Advancement” at the Women’s Conference organized by CSPP, Los Angeles on March 15th.


Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D.

Professor, San Diego

Dr. Ferdman gave a colloquium on “The Practice of Inclusion” in our Los Angeles campus.

His session "The Language of Inclusion (and Exclusion) at the AOM: An Interactive Workshop on the Power of Words", has been accepted by the All Academy Theme (AAT) program for the 2014 Academy of Management Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to be held on August 3, 2014. Co-chairs/co-organizers are Stella Nkomo (University of Pretoria) and Ilene Wasserman (ICW Consulting Group).

He and his colleagues recently presented an article:

Gregory, J.B., Davis, J., Ferdman, B., Moye, N., & Young, C. (2014). Reflections on “Making Your Own Way” in Your Career. (A presentation at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology).

New publication: Ferdman, B. M. & Deane, B. R. (2014). The practice of inclusion: An ongoing conversation. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture, 5 (1), 80-81. doi 10.1002/jpoc.21130

On March 27, he was an invited presenter and panelist at the University of Maryland’s 1st Annual Conference on Racial Identity Development (along with Bill Cross, Rita Hardiman, Perry Horse, Barbara Love, Janelle Wong, and Marybeth Gasman). (see He gave a concurrent workshop, “Latina and Latino Ethnoracial Identity Orientations,” and then participated in a panel discussion with the other speakers.

On March 12, he delivered an invited webinar for the National OD Network, The Practice of Inclusion: Implications for OD Practitioners, as part of its monthly professional development series. The webinar is now available “on-demand”:

Presentations (two done and three to be presented, at SIOP and at Academy of Management):

a.       Ferdman, B. M.& Deane, B. R. (2014, March 19). We speak business: Practicing inclusion. Invited luncheon plenary keynote presentation at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, Minneapolis, MN.

b.      Ferdman, B. M.& Henderson, E. (2014, March 20). The practice of inclusion: Toward a dynamic and systemic approach. Workshop presented at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, Minneapolis, MN.

c.       Ferdman, B. M. (2014, May 15). Assessing employee inclusion in the workplace: An applied organizational approach. In B. Chung (Chair), Moving from diversity to inclusion: New directions in inclusion research. Symposium to be presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

d.      Ferdman, B. M. (2014, May 16). Panelist for Learn About the SIOP Professional Practice Book Series. Session at the 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

e.      Ferdman, B. M. (2014, August 5).  Leadership as the fulcrum of inclusion in organizations. In J. Prime (Chair), The nature and consequences of inclusive leadership. Symposium to be held at the 2014 Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

His two-part series in San Diego Jewish World consisted of two articles….….


Professor Calvin Hoffman, Ph.D.

CSPP Organizational Psychology Program

Prof. Hoffman gave a Colloquium presentation on the assessment profiles of employees in the police department.

“Process Redesign of a Consent Decree-Based Police Promotional System” Presented on November 2013.


Rodney Lowman, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, San Diego

Prof. Lowman gave three invited presentations at the University of Houston – Clear Lake in January. The titles were:

“Work Dysfunctions: Taxonomy, Assessment, and Intervention“

“Role of the Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology“

“Ethical and Legal Issues in the Practice of Industrial-Organizational Psychology”


Professor John Renner, Ph.D.

CSPP Organizational Psychology Program

Prof. Renner presented a special webinar on knowing more about Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology, what I-O psychologists do, what career paths are available, salaries and job prospects for this field, and how to choose and apply for the best schools.


Kathryn Goldman-Shuyler, Ph.D.

Professor, San Francisco

She was accepted to offer three sessions at the Academy of Management:

Saxena, S., Senge, P., Scharmer, O., Skjei, S., & Goldman Schuyler, K. (2014). Connecting inner transformation as a leader to corporate and societal change.  Professional Development Workshop accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Goldman Schuyler, K., Skjei, S., Sanzgiri, J., Koskela, V., Cortes Urrutia, L. (2014). Waking up at work: Action research on mindfulness, awareness, and presence.  Symposium accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

McGarvey, M & Goldman Schuyler, K. (2014). Ethical leadership and contemplation.  Caucus accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

She will lead two informal discussion round-tables at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, in August.

Goldman Schuyler, K. (2014) Practicing sociology outside our imaginary walls. Roundtable accepted for presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

Goldman Schuyler, K. & Baugher, J.E. (2014) Sociological mindfulness and altruism: The interdependence of presence, praxis, and societal change. Roundtable accepted for presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

Prof. Goldman-Schuyler's book for the International Leadership Association's main book series will be published in July by Jossey Bass:  Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity.  She was recently selected to edit their 2016 volume.


Professor Dale Glaser, Ph.D.

CSPP Organizational Psychology Program, San Diego

Professor Glaser participated in the following poster presentations:

Johnson, B., Bormann, J. E., & Glaser, D.  (2014). Factor analysis of a spiritual wellbeing scale.  Poster presentation for the Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Hawkins, S., Thomason, T., Steen, F., Custis, L., Mack, J., & Glaser, D.  (2014). Home telemonitoring self-care education for older adult heart failure patients.  Poster presentation for the Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Gonzales, L., Noji, A., Koci, A., Gee, R., Glaser, D. Marsh, A., Marsh, K. Altman, A., Al Salmi, N., & Al Sabei, S. (2014, May) Caring for Women Globally: Preparing Instruments for Use in Cardiovascular Recovery.  Poster presented at the 35th International Association for Human Caring Conference, Kyoto, Japan & the USD Graduate Research Day, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.


Alumni Achievements: 

Shlomit Cohen, Ph.D.

Graduate in I/O Psychology Program in Los Angeles

Dr. Cohen has a presentation titled as “The Process of Design and Implementation of a Diversity Management Program” in our Los Angeles campus.


Kenna Cottrill, Ph.D.

Graduate in I/O Psychology Program in Los Angeles


Denise Lopez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Los Angeles


Calvin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Los Angeles

Dr. Cottrill, Prof. Lopez and Prof. Hoffman’s submission of their paper titled as “How authentic leadership and inclusion benefit organizations” has been accepted for publication in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.


Lisa Keith, PsyD

Fresno Campus Alumni 2013

Has been interviewed by writers for Huffpost and PsychCentral-Everyday Health regarding her work in mental health and her dissertation.  A third interview is from BP Hope Magazine that hopes to contact her for a series of interviews on her experiences with having bipolar and completing her dissertation work.  Dr. Keith's dissertation is titled A Phenomenological study of women and mental illness: Stigma and disclosure in the workplace.


Helen Horvath, PsyD

Fresno Campus Alumni 2013

Received confirmation of her research dissertation being accepted by APA for presentation at their Annual Conference in Washington, DC., 2014.

Dr. William "Bill" Van Lente, MBA, PsyD (Fresno '10), accepted a position as Director, Human Resources/Risk Management at Mono County, Bridgeport, California (Government Administration).


Scott Boyd, Ph.D.

Los Angeles Campus Alumni 2007

Dr. Boyd published his new study in Journal of Business and Psychology with his colleagues from APTMetrics, John Scott (co-founder of APT and former president of SIOP). The topic is the measurement equivalence of pre-employment assessments on mobile vs. non-mobile devices using Best Buy's applicant pool as a sample.

Illingworth, A.J., Morelli, N., Scott, J.C., & Boyd, S.L. (2014). Internet-Based, Unproctored Assessments on Mobile and Non-Mobile Devices: Usage, Measurement Equivalence, and Outcomes. Journal of Business and Psychology (in press).


Congratulations to our Alumni who has a new position:

Barbara Adams, Psy.D.

Fresno Campus Alumni 2013

Senior Director, Intercultural Performance at Kaiser Permanente, a national position in the organization.


Glen Pastores, PsyD

Fresno Campus Alumni 2013

Dr. Pastores, Psy.D. has been selected as the Program Consultant/Evaluator to assist San Diego and LA Counties in developing a new facility for soon to be displaced patients that are in an inpatient psychiatric setting. It will be a 3-5 year process.  The decision makers said he was selected because they liked his education in Organization Development and the research he completed in his dissertation on Conscious Capitalism and the opportunity to develop a business plan incorporating Conscious Business Values to non-profits. They felt that these values will help in meeting the needs of these clients and also the community's needs.


Michelle Marchini, MAOB

Fresno Campus Alumni 1997

The Principal Financial Group and is a Financial Services  Representative. 


Albert Edwards, III., PsyD.

Fresno Campus Alumni 2008

Executive Leadership Coach/Consultant at Saudi Electricity Company.


Allan Loucks, PsyD.

Fresno Campus Alumni 2008

Project Oversight and Governance Manager, California Correctional Health Care Services, Sacramento California (Government Administration).

Brent Oberholtzer, Psy.D.

Alumni 2003

Brent has a new position: Lead consultant and subject matter expert for the US Mint in a complete re-organization as a result of his past work with the Treasury Department and USAID. The US Mint is in the top 100 online retailers and is re-engineering the entire on-line retail experience.

Current Students

Alisha Wilkins

San Diego Campus

Alisha was appointed, by Governor Jerry Brown, to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Alisha Wilkins has been a community and government relations manager at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest since 2003, where she has held multiple positions since 2001, including interim director of public affairs and legislative coordinator.

Ellie Honardoost

PsyD Program, Fresno Campus

Ellie has a position: Program Manager, Office of College and Career Readiness, Fresno Unified School District.  Her position focuses on working with 7 comprehensive high schools in FUSD to help with establishment of career pathways and connecting with relevant industry partners to help prepare students for college and careers. Ellie is looking forward to commencement this Spring.


William (Frank) Villanueva

Leadership program, San Diego

William has two of his papers accepted on his dissertation for the Western Academy of Management – Chair: Dr. Kelly.


Nona Hall-Sandoval

Psy.D. Program, Fresno

Nona, Director of Staff Development for Telecare Corporation has accepted an adjunct faculty position with the University of Phoenix, Psychology Department in addition to her current employment with Telecare.


Joseph Higgins

Leadership Program, San Diego

Joseph has been awarded the Keith David Graduate Award, First Place through the Academy of Management's Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE). This was a national competition and Joseph has brought great honor to our LDR program by winning first place.

Maria Isabel Quinonez Aguilar

Leadership Program, San Diego

Maria and John Kantor has a recent acceptance to the WPA Annual Conference in Portland. The title of their presentation is “Does Narcissistic Tendency Help Entrepreneurs?”

OP Program Events

“Visual Leadership” Presented by David Sibbet

April 11-12, 2014

Fresno Campus

“Workplace Strategy and Organizational Development” Presented by Reza Ahmadi

April 21, 2014

San Francisco Campus

“The Practice of Inclusion” Presented by Dr. Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D.

February 13, 2014

4:30-6pm, Los Angeles Campus 

“Getting from College to Career in Organizational Psychology” Webinar by Dr. Nurcan Ensari, Ph.D.

February 25, 2014


Los Angeles Campus

1000 S. Fremont, Alhambra, CA

“Women as Leaders: Negotiating the Labyrinth” Presented by Dr. Alice Eagly, Ph.D.

March 5, 2014


San Diego Campus  

“Applying psychology at Work: Careers in Industrial/Organizational and Consulting Psychology, Human Resources, Organization Development and Related Fields” Webinar by Dr. Rodney Lowman, Ph.D.

March 11, 2014


Los Angeles Campus 

“Executive Coaching and Neurobiological Feedback” Presented by Dr. Ken Nowack, Ph.D.

March 18, 2014


Los Angeles Campus 

“The Process of Design and Implementation of a Diversity Management Program” Presented by Dr. Shlomit Cohen, Ph.D.

March 10, 2014


Los Angeles Campus

Career Coaching sessions

John Renner, Assistant Professor, OP Program Director

February 19, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm, San Diego

 John Kantor, Associate Professor

March 18, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm, San Diego Campus

Rebecca Turner, Professor, Program Director

March 20, 2014 6:00-8:00 pm, San Francisco Campus

 Nurcan Ensari, Professor and Program Director

April 29, 2013, 6:00-8:00 pm, Los Angeles Campus

 Sherry Camden-Anders, Assistant Professor and Program Director

May 29, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm, Fresno Campus

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