The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) supports research, professional development, and organizational consulting projects that build human capital and sustainable change. The ISI Fellows Program offers Fielding alumni an academic partner to secure funding or other support for projects in support of this mission. ISI Fellows have one-year appointments with renewal contingent on progress and future plans. The Institute for Social Innovation welcomes ideas for Fellows projects in each of our program areas: research, professional development, and consulting.

2016 – 2017 ISI Fellows

Organizational Development

Romi Boucher, HOD ’14
Creative Collaboration for the Betterment of Social Worlds
This research and professional development project takes aspects of design and constructive communication and applies them to theories and practices of planned organizational change.

Juanita Brown, HOD ’02
Complex Systems Development
As the founder of Whole Systems Associates and co-founder of the World Cafe approach to collaborative dialogue, Dr. Brown’s work supports global consulting and professional development for the renewal of complex systems.

Loni Davis, HOD ’13
Organizational Development & Change
These professional development projects provide blended instruction for professionals in organizational development and change emphasizing basic concepts, models, and tools that can be applied in the workplace.

Joann Hoffman, HOD ’08
Ethnographic Field Study of Technology Viability of Data Collection in Developing Countries
This action-research project creates a community of practice in relation to barriers and challenges to nonprofits and their funders in adopting new technologies for program evaluation data collection.

W. Ellen Raboin, HOD ’10
Implementation of Collaborative Care Practices in Hospital Unity
This action project creates a learning network of hospital units that are developing inter-professional collaborative practices with the active engagement of patients and families.

Colette Street, HOD ’15
Time-Space Intelligence Inventory (TSII)©
This research project develops an assessment system called the Time-Space Intelligence Inventory (TSII)© by examining the relationship of time-space intelligence to employee productivity.

Human Development

Mark Bissell, HOD ’02
Youth Development Organizational Development
This project supports research, professional development, and consulting projects in the area of nonprofit youth development. The project is a continuation of previous ISI work with Orion House in Newport, NH, and provides funded fellowships for Fielding doctoral students.

Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, HOD ’12
The Role of Chamber Music in Promoting Social Justice and Personal Values
This professional development and research project emphasizes the role of music performance in human development and youth outreach efforts in relation to self-awareness, personal values, and social justice.

Pat Hendrickson, ELC ’13
Retiring Minds: A Study of the Process of Retirement
This project identifies interventions, program designs, and action models that address retirement vision among Baby Boomer workers born between 1946 and 1964. Results will help explain how individuals manage the transition from working full-time in the labor force to seeking and engaging in other alternatives.

Barbara J. Volger, HOD ’09
Nature Imaging and Human Emotions
This research project investigates exposure to nature imaging and the experience of emotion among males with traumatic childhoods.


Zarat Boyd, HOD ’15
Increasing the Capacity of Leaders in Underserved Communities
This project applies Transformational Learning theory to increase the capacity of leaders in underserved communities. Activities include life purpose training to improve personal awareness, talent mastery, and interpersonal relationships.

Melissa Michaels, ELC ’06
Birthing Embodied Global Leaders
This professional development project provides a dance and body-centered leadership training for emerging community leaders that links somatics, youth development, and rites of passage.

Kate McAlpine, HOD ’15
Resolving the Dilemma of Doing the Right Thing
This project draws on the stories of Tanzanians who protect children to explore the motivations that prime them to act responsibly.

Tim Scudder, HOD ’13
Developing Systems of Strategic Intelligence
This consulting project will focus on leadership development emphasizing collaboration, systems understanding, and the common good.

Sharon Spano, HOD ’13
Phenomenological Study of Leaders
This study assesses how business and entrepreneurial leaders construct meaning in relation to their everyday life experience. The StAGES protocol will be used to identify the pre- or post-conventional stages of adult development to compare how time and money are managed productively.

Drew Suss, HOD ’14
A STEM Leader Model
These research projects explore the relationship between servant leadership and decision-making in STEM life science organizations.

Mental & Physical Health

Anita Chambers, HOD ’09
Creating Effective Healthcare Delivery Systems for Developing Countries
This research and action project aims to identify the most effective methods of delivering full spectrum healthcare to underserved communities located in remote regions of developing countries throughout the world.

Luanne D. Fortune, HOD ’12
Integrated Practices and Somatics Research Project
This research project explores the value of integrative and complementary health techniques such as massage to improve patient outcomes.

Denise Frank, PSY ’05
The Self-Esteem Theory of Schizophrenia
This research project is based on a theoretical/phenomenological approach to the investigation of self-esteem in individuals with schizophrenia and psychotic disorder. The work is supported through external funding from the Richard and Lesley Stone Family Fund.

Barbara Mather, HOD ’12
Self-Awareness of Young Adults With ADHD in Applying Strengths to Career Decisions
This research project investigates how young adults with ADHD identify and apply their strengths to career decision making, and to determine key developmental and educational needs for career success.

Susan Mazer, HOD ’11
Improving the Lived Experience of Healthcare Patients
This research project seeks to identify a holistic understanding of patients’ lived experience to inform protocols of practice for patients, their families, and healthcare providers.

Heidi Forbes Öste, HOD ’16
Be-ing@Work: Exploring Interventions to Counter Presenteeism
This study identifies the impact of glucose spike and post-lunch crash on attention and cognitive function. Additional objectives test potential interventions for limiting the glucose spike, and assess tools for measuring presenteeism.

Social Change, Diversity & Inclusion

Lucinda Garthwaite, ELC ’14
Social Media and Provoking Emancipatory Systems Change
This project uses social media to engage the public in the process of learning about, applying, and evaluating the action of personal practices to create emancipatory systems change.

Linda Honold, HOD ’99
Year-Round Civic Engagement
This research project investigated whether year-round civic engagement efforts through community groups create a larger voting base and other local democracy outcomes than get-out- the vote efforts alone. This work is a continuation of previous research supported through external funding from Wisconsin Voices and The Brico Fund.

Alison Granger-Brown, HOD ’14
Hope for the Children of Incarcerated Parents
This action project is an intervention to help children abandoned due to parental incarceration in Canada.

Pam Kennebrew, ELC ’15
Within While Out
This project employs ‘locus of control’ techniques with African American women who have been convicted of crimes but not yet sentenced. The purpose is to mitigate collateral consequences such as emotional trauma and employment discrimination, and ultimately to reduce recidivism.

Zieva Konvisser, HOD ’06
Psychological Consequences of Wrongful Conviction in Women
This research examines the human impact of traumatic events such as terrorism and wrongful conviction along with strategies for overcoming this kind of experience.

Tracy Long, HOD ’14
Stakeholder Commitment: A Case Study of the Ventura Botanical Gardens
This study assesses the motivations of stakeholders that sustain long-term projects through a commitment of work, wisdom, and wealth. Results will inform the profession of social change project management, which tends to favor rapid change for short-term planning cycles.

Stephen Redmon, HOD ’13
Measurement of the Impact of Legal Services on Veteran Homelessness
This action research project compares the impact of legal services for veterans versus the general population with an emphasis on outcomes such as homelessness and criminal justice system involvement.

Patricia Salgado, HOD ’97, and Karin Bunnell, HOD ’98
Women in Technology Fields: Searching for the Male Engineer Perspective and Experience
This team research project focuses on the understudied male engineer’s perspective in computer and engineering fields. Qualitative research using on-line survey and in-depth interviewing looks for issues and opportunities to build diversity, retain talent, and improve organizational capacity in this primarily male domain.


Kerul Kassel, HOD ’11
Environmental and Social Sustainability
These research and professional development projects emphasize environmental and social sustainability for organizations based on global systems analysis.

Jean Lasee, OMD ’04
Assessing Fielding Graduate University’s Sustainability Workgroup
This study assesses progress since 2012 in goals, activities, and outcomes of Fielding’s Sustainability Workgroup. The inquiry will document the Workgroup’s influence on university policies, programs, and practices.

Media & Education

Silvina Bamrungpong and Drew Thomas Foley, HOD ’12
Metagogy (Learning in Motion)
This research project investigates a business education model to create social and economic value, based on reflective learning, systems thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

Alice MacGillivrary, HOD ’09
Park System Leadership
This professional development project will create incentives for Canadian Park System Leadership graduates to engage in post-secondary education.

Kathleen McMilian-Roberts, HOD ’14
Relational Mentoring and Mutuality in Higher Education
This research project focuses on the impact of relational mentoring and mutuality in higher education and the role it has in producing high quality developmental relationships between faculty and students.

Marilyn Price-Mitchell, HOD ’10
Family-School-Community Partnerships: A Systems Approach to Positive Youth Development
This research project investigates the internal abilities that help young people grow into supportive family members, innovative workers, engaged citizens, and ethical leaders.

Previous ISI Fellows

Organizational Development      

Joan Goppelt and Keith W. Ray, HOD ’09
Constructing Organizations: Identity, Power, and Change in Day-to-day Complexity
This research and consulting project uses theories of complexity to examine how people construct culture, power, change, and identity in organizations by focusing on day-to-day interactions, stories, and discourse.

Jeff Leinaweaver, HOD ’08
Restoring the Wisdom of Myth and Narrative for Sustainability Change
This consulting project helps organizations, communities, and leaders with strategic innovation through the use of narrative, agency, and empowerment.

Jane Peterson, HOD ’09
Exposing Tacit Knowledge: Incorporating Somatic Intelligence in Understanding Relationship Dynamics in Organizations and Families
This research explores ways of bridging somatic knowledge and cognitive understanding in order to facilitate the emergence of healthy, generative organizations, and families.

Chris Sansone, HOD ’99
Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations
This organizational consulting project supports various forms of capacity building in nonprofit organizations in the Boulder, Colorado area dealing with program evaluation, organizational development, and staff training.

Mary Jean Vignone, HOD ’11
Don’t Put Me in Your Forced Distribution
This action research project designs a performance management system that aligns organizational goals with individual aspirations and needs.

James B. Webber, HOD ’03
Not-For-Profit Governing Board Members Workshop Based on Complexity Science
This professional development project develops a workshop for non-profit board members based upon applied complexity science so that trustees can better govern in turbulent times.


Paul Dann, HOD ’08
Generative Leadership and Nonprofit Organizations: Alternative Leadership Development
This professional development project develops an assessment tool that explores leadership themes at the individual, team, and organizational level.

Charlyn Green Fareed, HOD ’06
Transforming the Leadership Capacity & Careers of Non-Executive Women of Color via Early Access to Coaching
This coaching research project examines women’s leadership development from three perspectives: 1) access to leadership coaching connected to social justice concepts; 2) early access when women are promoted to entry-mid-level leadership from a transformative learning theoretical perspective; and 3) how both access and early access may inform women’s leadership development theory and practice globally.

Sheryl Petty, ELC ’08
Leadership for Equity-Driven Educational Change
This consulting project examines the Transformation Educational Systems Alliance (TESA), which convenes the leaders of major national educational initiatives who have articulated comprehensive, equity-, and excellence-driven goals to achieve systems change.

Mental & Physical Health

Auguste Elliott, PSY’10
Becoming Invisible: Empowering Parents in the Child Welfare System
This organizational consulting project builds a national learning community committed to the development and promotion of the Family Time/Visit Coaching model.

Jennifer Johnston, PSY ’13
Sexual Behavior and Sexual Health Indicators
This project analyzes the role of heavy or compulsive pornography viewing on negative sexual outcomes such as risk-taking and erectile/arousal dysfunction, and positive sexual outcomes such as intimacy and sexual satisfaction.

Social Change, Diversity & Inclusion

Patricia Millar, HOD ’12
Difficult Life Transitions
This action research project involves working with survivors of domestic violence and formerly incarcerated women using International Coaching Federation coaches and nonprofits in the Washington, DC area.


Steve Schein, HOD ’14
The Ecological Worldviews and Action Logics of Global Sustainability Leaders
This research explores the deeper psychological motivations of sustainability leaders and how these motivations may influence their capacity to lead transformational change.

Paul Stillman, HOD ’15
Culture of Sustainability in Aspiring Organizations
This consulting project uses the values, practices, and processes that would enable consultants to assess a culture of sustainability in aspiring organizations.

Media & Education

Patricia Brogan, HOD ’00
“Shellbook” Deployment Study to Address Worldwide Literacy & Localization Problems
This consulting project is about deploying a computer tablet project in Zambia beginning in September of 2012 at two elementary schools.

Anthony Bryson and Stephen White, Media PSY ’13
Media Social Action Campaigns
This research project investigates measures of behaviors such as empathy and compassion that could be applied to the content and influence of media action campaigns.

Monique W. Morris, ELC ’13
Improving School Resource Officer Engagement with Girls
This project seeks to increase the capacity for School Resource Officers to more effectively and positively engage girls and young women of color attending public schools throughout the U.S.

Andree Robinson-Neal, ELC ’09
Participatory Rural Appraisal and Partnerships: Community, Higher Education, and Change Agentry
This consulting project supports the efforts of students in RISE, a grassroots youth organization working at Central Region High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, to develop a supportive network of teachers, parents, and students to create educational change.

Christina Schlachter, HOD ’08
How Access to Newspapers Impacts Civic Engagement and Global Awareness in the Classroom & Home
This research project investigates the impact of adding a weekly discussion of community-based nonviolent current events to first-graders’ civic engagement and knowledge of the world around them.

Susan Stillman, ELC ’07
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Its Correlation to Academic and Behavioral Outcomes in Youth, Ages 8-18
This research project examines emotional intelligence and its correlation to academic and behavioral outcomes in youth, ages 8-18, potentially including data on physiology and stress.