The Psychology in the Workplace Collaborative
The Psychology in the Workplace Collaborative is a strategic alliance of independent psychologists and organizational consultants with a shared mission of promoting business practices that support and advance workforce well-being, psychologically healthy workplaces, and organizational excellence.
Our members engage in professional activities spanning research, practice, education, training, and public outreach, and have extensive experience in governance, leadership, and volunteer service.
David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA
Dr. David Ballard is an organizational consultant with more than 15 years of prior experience as a non-profit executive. His emphasis is on promoting employee well-being and organizational performance through the integration of psychology and business. Dr. Ballard’s work focuses on organizational effectiveness, occupational health promotion, workplace mental health, program design and evaluation, and systems-level workplace interventions. He has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, industry groups, corporations, private equity firms, and universities.
During his time at the American Psychological Association, Dr. Ballard led APA’s Office of Applied Psychology, Center for Organizational Excellence, and Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. He currently serves on the boards of directors for The Health Project, which presents the C. Everett Koop National Health Award, and Sound Mind, a non-profit organization that connects musicians, fans, and forward-thinking organizations to open dialogue around mental health, improve access to services, and reduce stigma.
Dr. Ballard chairs the Society for Occupational Health Psychology’s Practitioner Committee, co-chairs the Advisory Committee for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace, and is a member of NIOSH’s Cross-Sector Council on Healthy Work Design and Well-being and the External Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health Center in Mental Health.
Leslie Bessellieu, PhD
Transformations Consulting & Leadership Development
An executive coach and psychologist, Dr. Leslie Bessellieu is passionate about her desire to help others transform their work lives. She turned this passion into a full-time business, Transformations Consulting & Leadership Development, LLC, where she provides executive coaching, leadership development, and other services to CEOs and senior leadership staff of small and mid-size for-profit companies, as well as business owners and executive directors of non-profit organizations.
Whether delivering a keynote speech, facilitating a professional training day, or engaging in executive coaching, “Dr. Leslie” imparts practical knowledge and insight in a relaxed, yet engaging manner designed to clarify those next steps and prepare others to tackle the challenges along the way.
Her work with business leaders has allowed them to: Explore and overcome resistance related to sustaining new change initiatives; Examine and implement innovative ways to engage and motivate employees; Address the developmental needs of direct reports to facilitate their growth and promotion; and Develop more effective systems for providing feedback and evaluation.
Dr. Bessellieu serves on the National Board of Directors for the Solihten Institute and is a board member of the Tidelands Community Hospice Foundation in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Merv Gilbert, PhD
Vancouver Psych Health + Safety Ltd
Dr. Merv Gilbert is a Director at Vancouver Psych Health + Safety Ltd, a consulting group providing services that enable organizations to foster psychologically healthy employees and workplace climates.
He has worked as a psychologist for over thirty years in clinical and leadership roles in regional, provincial, and international settings. He is a primary participant in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of resources for workplace mental health.
Dr. Gilbert has published in national and international professional journals and has presented at a diverse array of forums on the importance of workplace psychological health issues for individuals and organizations.
He has consulted with governmental, private, and public-sector organizations. He recently led an evaluation of 40+ organizations as they implemented the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Alan R. Graham, PhD
As a highly regarded coach, consultant, educator, author and presenter, Dr. Alan Graham has over three decades of experience helping leaders and their organizations navigate challenges and gain the perspective and tools they need to manage strategic and unique business issues. His clients include many large and small organizations such as Deloitte Consulting, W. Wrigley & Co., Leo Burnett, Abbott Labs, PNC, Zebra Technologies, Exelon, Owens-Illinois, Vanguard and LaSalle Network.
Alan trains coaches in assessment and coaching through MentorCoach. Alan is also a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. With Karlin Sloan, he authored a book, Lemonade, The Leader’s Guide to Resilience at Work (2012) and created the Resilience at Work Assessment (RAW-A), an assessment that has been taken by over 2000 leaders worldwide. An internationally recognized expert in ADHD, Alan has coached many leaders to become more productive and efficient. He is the editor of the book, The Guide to ADHD Coaching (2018).
Courtney Keim, PhD
Dr. Courtney Keim is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bellarmine University and Industrial & Organizational Psychologist with over 10 years of teaching and consulting experience. Her research focuses on organizational wellness and psychologically healthy workplace practices, personality, and pedagogical best practices. She has given numerous talks to national and local government agencies, businesses, and professional associations on best practices in workplace wellness. Dr. Keim has consulted with organizations including departments within Louisville Metro Government, Norton Behavioral Medicine, Maryhurst, and Lantech Corporation. Dr. Keim also teaches a variety of psychology courses, supervises psychology internships, advises student theses, and mentors students.
Dr. Keim is the current President of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation, where she leads initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion, psychologically healthy workplaces in Kentucky, student mentorship programs, and highlighting psychological research. She is also a Scientific Affairs Committee Member for the Society of Occupational Health Psychology.
Ivonne Moreno-Velázquez, PhD
Dr. Ivonne Moreno-Velázquez is a dynamic professional committed to the growth and development of human beings. She is passionate about her profession, which she has practiced as professor, researcher, consultant and coach in pharmaceutical, health, educational, banking and professional organizations in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Mexico.
She has conducted research on the development of Industrial Organizational Psychology in Puerto Rico and diverse topics in Occupational Health Psychology and presented the results at professional conferences and published in professional peer reviewed journals and newspaper columns. She firmly believes in the enormous potential of every human being and in the utmost importance of creating work environments which provide the best conditions to unleash their talents and energy.
She had occupied several positions in the academic leadership of the University of Puerto Rico, Carlos Albizu University and in the Puerto Rico Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Interamerican Psychological Society.
Jeffrey D. Stern, PhD
Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology (HSPP) at Chaminade University of Honolulu
Dr. Stern was raised in Hawai’i and earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi in 2003. Dr. Stern is currently an assistant professor of Psychology at HSPP @ Chaminade University of Honolulu. He also maintains a small private practice and consults to organizations and individuals (primarily on workplace wellness).
Dr. Sternʻs efforts focus on the culturally appropriate application of the psychologically healthy workplace model as he consults with and presents the model to organizations in the 50th state. He has been involved with the promotion of workplace wellness in Hawaiʻi and nationally since 2010 and currently serves on UHAʻs Wellness Leaders Rountable.
He has given numerous presentations to community groups and organizations on topics such as workplace relationships, burnout and work-life balance, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplace wellness.
John Weaver, PsyD
Stress Management & Mental Health Clinics
John Weaver, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Doctor of Psychology degree from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology.
John is the owner of Stress Management & Mental Health Clinics, and he works both as a clinical psychologist and a business consultant with more than 25 years of practical experience with organizations, individuals and groups.
He is past president of the Wisconsin Psychological Association and past chair of the strategic advisory panel for Psychology in the Workplace for the American Psychological Association.
He is an accomplished professional speaker who has delivered more than 50 presentations across the US, and he has authored two books: The Prevention of Depression: A Missing Piece in Wellness and a training manual, The Healthy Thinking Program.