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The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) supports research, professional development, and organizational consulting projects that build human capital and sustainable change.

Charles McClintock, PhD

2024-2025 ISI Fellows

Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation  is proud to announce its ISI Fellows for 2024-25.

The ISI Fellows Program offers Fielding alums an academic partner to continue their professional work, apply for external funding, and publicize their projects. ISI Fellows have one-year appointments with renewal contingent on progress and future plans.

“Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) accepted 12 alums as Fellows for the 2024-2025 cycle,” said Charles McClintock, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Social Innovation. “Their work spans a wide range of content, from leadership and mental health to diversity, equity, and inclusion. ISI Fellows continue to pursue their research and professional development projects under the aegis of ISI, where they have support for seeking external, developing continuing education certificates, and public citation of their publications, conference presentations, and blogs. For the 13th year, Fielding continues to invest in its alums to support their innovative and game-changing work.”

For more information, contact Dr. Charles McClintock, Director of the Institute for Social Innovation (cmcclintock@fielding.edu).

Updated April 2024                                

Human Development

Marilee Adams, PhD (Clinical Psychology 1986)
The Thoughtful Citizen Project
This project seeks to expand conversational skills and practical tools from The Thoughtful Citizen Handbook: Practices for the Art of Living Together to reduce societal divisiveness through research, professional development, and consulting efforts.

Dohrea Bardell, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
Mature Leadership for World Peace
This project is based on the principle that peace is integrated into humanity’s DNA as the ultimate achievement of humankind, and pursues the question of how to change collective consciousness to create peace.

Kathy Bell, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2023) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2024
Finding the Key to Positivity for Elders in Home Transitions
This research uses an arts-based methodology to explore how individuals in their late 70s and 80s can be supported in the process of downsizing their living space and possessions to a potential ideal future environment. Related questions include how elders idealize their future homes, and the emotional support needed to help them create an ideal living environment.

Megan Brubaker, PhD (Clinical Psychology 2020)
What Two-Spirit Means to Alaskan Natives
This research describes the experiences of Two-Spirit people within Alaskan Native culture to qualitatively understand how they capture individual identity and inform clinical understanding and treatment interventions.

Lisa Buckley, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2021)
The Serenity Prayer: A Part of Well-Hoping?
This research project explores how adults make meaning of hope when faced with permanent loss and how they differentiate what they can or cannot influence, both of which are elements of the Serenity Prayer.

Pauline Johnson-Zielonka, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2013)
Retirement Adjustment: Social-Psychological Changes and Adjustments

This research and action project explores the social psychological adjustments that retirees face and develops seminars and educational materials for practitioners and those nearing retirement.

Jeffrey Schneider(Human and Organizational Development, 2022)
How Does Having Meaning in One’s Life Affect Psychological and Physical Health?
This research is a systematic review of literature documenting the relationship between the degree of one’s meaning or purpose in life and various indicators of psychological and physical health.

Theresa Southam, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
The Oldest Language: What Transcendence Can Teach Us
This research explores older adults’ experience of moving between post conventional stages of development and transcendence, how they navigate this change, and how resulting insights can be useful in addressing individual, communal and interspecies challenges.

David Zuniga, PhD (Clinical Psychology 2014)
Becoming a Buddha: A Zen Manual for Death and Life
This professional development project draws upon Zen Buddhist philosophy to develop a theory of personality and clinical change that can address concerns such as anxiety, depression, and anger management and enduring challenges such as death and grief.


Kathleen Adelman, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
Developing Engagement of the Non-Profit Board: A Systemic Approach
This research will supplement and verify previous research on the systemic factors influencing board member engagement. Results will be used to create practical guidelines for boards that increase the intellectual capital and cognitive diversity of participation.

Rebecca Andree, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)
Adaptive Leadership – How to Lead in Complex and Ambiguous Times
This research project explores how to support ecosystem organizational culture during times of seismic change driven by an ecosystem economy, greater use of digital platforms, and events triggered by climate change.

Kimberly Cantergiani, PhD (Human and Organizational Development, 2021)
Switching Hats, Keeping Boundaries: Exploring a Hybrid Coaching/Consulting Program for Nascent Women Entrepreneurs
This research project explores the process and outcomes of a hybrid coaching-consulting program for nascent women entrepreneurs.

Tiffanie Dillard, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2013)
Following a Founder: Recipes for Success
This research explores the components of healthy and successful transitions for non-profit founders and those who succeed them.

Gwen Dubois-Wing, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
High Performing Boards in Health System Governance
This project builds on prior research which explores the qualities of high performing health system boards and their relationship with collaborative governance.

Zabrina Epps, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)
Integrating Futures Thinking and Foresight with Education Leadership Practice
This professional development project integrates Futures Studies theories and Strategic Foresight tools to enhance the leadership practices of executives, governing boards, and policymakers, including how to convene diverse groups and leverage multiple narratives to envision more equitable and inclusive organizations.

Jeremy Gershfeld, MA (Organizational Development and Leadership 2015)
Sensory Leadership Development Model: The Practice and Impact of Read a Room in 500 Milliseconds
This project builds awareness to reduce sensory noise for leadership skills. This includes exploring how increased sensory processing awareness affects emotional awareness, mindset, and the ability to read the room toward interpersonal resonance.

Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
We Will Lead Africa
This action research project harnesses the collective, multidisciplinary knowledge of everyday African leaders, scholars, and practitioners to address the question of what leadership narratives will move the African continent forward.

Russell Hammond, EdD (Educational Leadership and Change 2012)
Post-Pandemic Community College Challenges: Views of Presidents, Philanthropists and Community Stakeholders

This research explores fiscal, enrollment, curriculum, and student support challenges facing public community colleges. Results will be used to explore collaborative solutions.

Alice MacGillivray PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2000)
Is Leadership Theory Hitting a Glass Wall?
This research focuses on collaborative leadership theories and approaches such as Leadership-as-Practice. It provides an initial exploration of why these approaches have not become as popular as those based on individual leaders with positional power.

Carrie Spell-Hansson, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2021)
Unbossed and Unbroken – Women in Leadership Positions
This research project explores factors that impact the resilience of women leaders in cross-cultural settings who experience disrespect in the workplace.

Drew Suss, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014)
Developing Servant Leaders

This project explores the process and impact of a Servant Leadership development program embedded in a non-profit organization devoted to delivering educational enrichment opportunities to low-income grade school students.

Mary Jean Vignone PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2011)
How do Authentic Women Leaders Lead in a VUCA World?
This research explores the challenges that women experience in their attempts to be authentic leaders during times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

Gail Patricia Wilson, PhD (Human and Organizational Development, 2021)
Transformational Leadership for Change and Innovation in Healthcare System
This research study will explore transformational leadership in the context of cultural differences in leadership perspectives in Maryland, USA and the Bahamas.

Media & Education

Zoe Broussard MS (Media Psychology 2022)
Digital Activism: LinkedIn as a Tool to Uplift Marginalized Voices in the Workplace and Beyond
This project examines the social impact of LinkedIn within nonprofits, with a focus on how it can challenge the impact of hierarchical structures, provide a platform for inclusivity advocacy, and uplift traditionally silenced marginalized voices.

Nina Craft, PhD (Media Psychology 2015)
This project creates a blended professional development course for women over age 40 to learn how to share their expertise through storytelling and community building using multi-media and social media creation and distribution tools.

Susan Eddington PhD (Media Psychology 2020)
A New Attitude: Music Promoting Self-Love and Acceptance
This research examines song lyrics and related videos with a body positive message, performed by artists popular with Black teens and young adults. Results will be shared with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other organizations with large memberships of Black women on strategies for coping with race and gender bias.

Christine Schwyn Harrison, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)|Doctoral Graduates’ Sense of Belonging During Their Study Years and Related Impact on Post-Graduate Institutional Connection
This study explores the relationship between doctoral graduates sense of belonging and connection during their study years and their long-term engagement and support of their degree institutions.

Natalie Murray, Ph.D. (Human and Organizational Development 2023)
Cultivating Inner Capacity for Disruptions at Work
This professional development program introduces the 8Q Capacity Model for Digital Transformation and offers activities for employees to recognize their current capacities, build for learning a roadmap for needed capacities, and inspire agency and development in the process.

Kristin Palmer, EdD (Educational Leadership and Change 2016) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2023
Providing Skills Training to Women Entrepreneurs in Africa’s Leading Ladies Community
This partnership project with DeAfrica (Distance Education for Africa), Coursera, and the University of Virginia, will support mentors for African women enrollees in online business courses, and will include research to assess the impact of mentoring and online community building efforts on networking and entrepreneurship learning outcomes.

Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2010)
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.

Whitney Strohmayr, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2021)
What Does the Public Know About Intimate Partner Violence?
This research project assesses what adult community members know about intimate partner violence and explores how adult education might be designed as a prevention strategy.

Mental & Physical Health

Anita Chambers, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2009)
Creating Effective Healthcare Delivery Systems for Developing Countries

This research and action project identifies the most effective methods of delivering full spectrum healthcare to underserved communities located in remote regions of developing countries throughout the world.

Lori Davidson PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)
Transformative Recovery in treating Substance Use Disorder
This consulting project focuses on substance use disorder through a project called Focused in Transformative (FIT) Recovery. The purpose of the Focused in FIT)Recovery is to support individuals in recovery from substance use disorders by implementing fitness programs, specifically strength training, as a supplement to their treatment plans.

Nicole Dent, PhD (Clinical Psychology 2020)
Intolerance Of Uncertainty and Its Impact On Mental Health, COVID Fear, & Post-Pandemic Adjustment
This research will assess the role of intolerance of ambiguity on measures of depression, anxiety, OCD, and COVID stress, and degree of comfort in resuming previously restricted activities.

Susan Auguste Elliott, PhD (Clinical Psychology 2010)
Agents of Change Connect: Building a Community of Family Time/Visit Coaches
This training project focuses on professional development for a national community of Family Time/Visit coaches and the programs that employ or support them in service of children in Child Welfare custody and their parents.

Dominique Eugene PhD (Clinical Psychology 2018)
Women Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
This research tests several hypotheses regarding whether PTSD and childhood maltreatment, alone or in combination, are significant triggers of intimate relationship violence committed by women.

Jenny Fremlin PhD (Media Psychology 2012) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2023
Enabling Women to Self-Advocate for Better Sexual Health Care
This research project analyzes language and beliefs that negatively impact young women’s ability to seek provider education around genital disease, such as those that causally link to genital cancers, with special attention to women across diverse demographic groups and with healthcare access challenges.

Aiden Hirshfield, PhD (Media Psychology 2019) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2022
Providing Critical Support for ASL Interpreters in the Mental Health Setting
This project offers support and additional educational opportunities to American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who face considerable occupational stress and financial challenges.

Suzan McVicker, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
Cherokee And English Cross-Language Analysis of Healing Concepts
This research project uses the Internal Family Systems glossary to explore Cherokee conceptualizations of healing and well-being through understanding overlaps and differences embedded in Cherokee and English languages.  The purpose is to strengthen healthcare service delivery for Native Americans.

Karla Peters-Van Havel, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2016)
It’s Not ‘Just Lunch’: Learning to Thrive with a Chronic Food-based Illness
This project will offer coaching, consulting and workshops to help individuals living with a food-based chronic invisible disease or ailment.

Organizational Development & Change

Isabella Allan, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
Building Ecosystem Culture in Places of Flux
This research project will examine the key cultural factors needed to grow sustainable ecosystem partnerships.

Eliza von Baeyer, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2021)
Co-Creating People-Centered Workplaces Where Leaders and Teams Thrive
This professional development project designs a workshop with Semco Style Institute USA that equips leaders with a holistic framework to manage and inspire organizations and teams tailored to undertaking transformational change relating to the future of work.

Deborah Bucci, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2023)
Worker Experiences of Well-being in Coworking Spaces
This research explores the factors, conditions, contexts, and elements that might influence well-being as described by coworking members and contribute to a process by which well-being can be a continuous conversation.

Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2012)
Collective Virtuosity: Learning Individual and Group Transformation Processes from Classical Musicians
This research project seeks to understand what individuals, teams, communities, and society can learn from classical musicians about collaboration processes.

Kathleen Curran, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
Feeling At Home in the Global Business Ecosystem
This study examines global business employees’ conceptions of what comprises their sense of belonging, and highlights ways organizations can improve their climates of inclusion.

Bram Duffee, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)
Workplace Conflict During COVID-19 Experienced by Emergency Medical Responders
This research project explores the stories of conflict between emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and their supervisors during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Lisa Elliot, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2021, Evidence-Based Coaching 2022)
Flourishing Organizations that Champion Employees with Invisible Disabilities
This professional development project explores ways in which OD consultants, HR practitioners, and DEIB advocates representing flourishing organizations can use an appreciative inquiry framework to shape a work culture that champions and supports employees with invisible disabilities.

Jane Feng, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2015)
Practicing OD in China: applying seeing, thinking, and reframing as a way of intervention
This consulting project engages key leaders in an organizational transformation from a state of rapid to sustainable growth through revamping HR systems and resetting management routines.

Jennifer Hurley PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)
Improving Public Participation in Urban Planning
Through research and a community of practice, this project will explore how urban planners can improve public participation, while taking into account emergent group process and systemic factors such as social inequality and urban planning practice conditions.

Trevor Maber, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018)
The Art of Deliberate Change
This professional development project designs and delivers a dialogue-centric approach to hosting change-oriented conversations for community and organizational groups.

James Marlatt, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2012)
Tethys: A Fielding Ecological and Social Justice Mapping Project
This participatory action research project is based in Fielding communities-of-practice to build consciousness in the lifeworld for all life forms and the planet.

Kathleen McMillian-Roberts, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014)
Creating a Cross-Collaborative Community within the Leadership Academy (LA) Division of the Internal Revenue System
This project analyzes quantitative data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to create an Organization Development Plan/roadmap that will support a community of collaborative learning opportunities across the LA Division.

Sylvie Plante, MA (Organizational Management and Development 2011)
How Boundary Spanners Use Social Capital to Develop Network Capabilities in an Innovative Ecosystem
This case study develops a process model of how social capital and boundary-spanning are used in cross-sector partnerships to design collaboration spaces for innovation.

Marie Sonnet, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2016)
Igniting Innovation in Organizational Change Readiness

This research study combines evidence-based assessment of organizational resilience and change management leadership in the insurance industry.

Leesa Riviere, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2023)
What Color is Your Lens? An Interactive Simulation Broadening Horizons and Building Bridges Among Stakeholder Needs, Communities, and Organizations
This virtual project guides participants in development of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences to support cross functional teams, systems thinking, and professional development.

Randal Thompson, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014)
Proleptic Leadership on the Commons: Ushering in a New Global Order

This research project focuses on how leadership is practiced on the commons  – collaborative communities that manage resources such as Internet, private services, time banks, and cooperatives.

Social Change, Diversity & Inclusion

Jennifer Decker, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2021)
Overcoming the Challenges of Contemporary Food Culture to Promote Individual and Community Health
This research project identifies the factors that play a role in the type of food people buy and consume and assesses the ways mainstream food culture impact individual and community well-being.

Lucinda Garthwaite EdD (Educational Leadership and Change 2014)
Reframing Equity: Building a Liberatory Organization
This consulting project synthesizes systems thinking, behavioral science, and lessons from nonviolent and restorative movements for social change. Outcomes include reduction of harm, bias-based exclusion, and punitive behaviors, as well as preparation of the system to integrate diverse perspectives and challenging paradigms such as bias and historical injustice.

Dibendu Ghosh, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
Cash Transfers, Compulsory Schooling, and Participatory Action Research to Reduce Child Labor in India

This participatory action research explores how a sample of parents, children, and teachers in India accept and implement cash transfers and compulsory schooling designed to prevent child labor.

Linda Honold PhD (Human and Organizational Development 1999)
A History of the Women’s Club Movement
This study examines the Woman’s Club Movement from its inception in 1868 to the present, focusing on Clubs that emphasize the founding purpose of being dedicated to community improvement by civil society.

Zieva Konvisser, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2006)
Resilience and Growth in the Face of Adversity
This research examines the human impact of traumatic events such as terrorism, genocide, combat and wrongful conviction and gives voice to the survivors of traumas and their stories.

Tracy Long, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014) 
Project Recovery Following a Catastrophic Risk Event
This in-depth case study investigates project, organization, and community recovery strategies following a devastating natural disaster and analyzes overall effectiveness of these strategies.

Hilary S. Lyn, MS, MA, EBC (Organizational Leadership and Change 2022; Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching 2023)
Bridging Generations of Women in Communications: Unveiling the Community of Continuity Theory
Through a Community of Continuity lens, this project aims to unite women across generations to uncover a spectrum of viewpoints, diverse perspectives, experiences, and contributions within the communications domain. The initiative aims to promote intergenerational communication, collaborative learning, cohesion, and reciprocal mentorship among women in communications in Santa Barbara County.

Kate McAlpine, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2015) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2020
Investigating the Nature, Prevalence and Changing Dynamics of Protective Social Norms in Tanzania and Uganda

This project focuses on how the problem of violence against children is being resolved collectively by East African citizens. Results will be used to counter a deficit-based narrative that focuses on the prevalence of violence, by telling a more positive story about the norms and behaviors that are protective to children.

Sergej Van Middendorp PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2016)
Making Healthy Open Systems
This action research project explores communication and design dynamics among participants gathered to redesign a fragmented Dutch healthcare system.

Cheryl Jefferson Page PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2023)
And What of Reparations in These Perilous Times?
This research project seeks to understand the potential for reparations policies in the state of North Carolina in the context of previous movements on racial and social justice and what transpires at the federal level.

Patricia Baum Salgado, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 1997)
Internalized Oppression and the death of Tyre Nichols
This research project examines published texts from 2013 – 2023 of black on black interaction between law enforcement and civilians to illuminate internalized oppression.

María Viola Sánchez, PhD (Media Psychology 2022)
Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation
This project offers consulting, advisement, and advocacy to entities and organizations working to educate about and eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in order to improve their effectiveness and assist in expanding their resource base.

Cathy Ames Turner PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2023)
Music Inside Out Day Camp: An Arts Camp for Children Impacted by Familial Incarceration and Possible Foster Care
This project investigates the effects of artistic expression and restorative practices on the well-being, self-esteem, communication skills, and emotional resilience of youth experiencing familial incarceration and possible foster care.

Barbara Volger, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2009)
Understanding the Long Term Traumatic Effects of Violence on Women
This project examines the effects of residual trauma from domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking in low income and homeless women.

Wanda Whiteside EdD (Educational Leadership and Change 2023) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2024
Respecting Race and Recognizing Racism through Playback Theatre
This project is a collaboration between Live Garra Theatre and Montgomery College, Maryland’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center to conduct an ongoing workshop series incorporating Playback Theatre. This performance exercise invites the audience to participate in the creation of improvised scenes focused on racial bias and issues of marginalization.

Karen Williams, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2022)
Organizational Paradoxes by Design: A Deeper Look at the Chief Diversity Officer Role
This research project explores complexity and paradoxical organizational dynamics in relation to the work and role of the Chief Diversity Officer.


Mohamed Y. Amer, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2020)
Sustainability’s mixed reception: A critical discourse analysis at the intersection of economic, political, and social forces
This archival data study will examine the nature of corporate commitment to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and ecological and social justice to better understand how corporations are adapting their business policies to social change.

Catherine Brooker, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2013)
Sustainability Leadership

These consulting and professional development workshops focus on leadership for sustainability – business profitability, social equity, and environmental stewardship – including care for future generations, resilience, and climate change.

Kerul Kassel, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2011)
Environmental and Social Sustainability

These research and professional development projects emphasize environmental and social sustainability for organizations based on global systems analysis.

Jeanlee Weeks Parker, EdD (Educational Leadership and Change 2020)
Environmental Sustainability Training Awareness for Accrediting Bodies

This study develops measures of environmental sustainability training and awareness for educational accrediting agencies’ professional development programs with a focus on the effects of indoor air quality on children’s health and learning.

Julie Smendzuik-O’Brien, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
Sustainability and Organization Development: Linking a Global Issue to Change Facilitators
This project conducts research on internal organization development practitioners to build a model that will enable them to further the implementation of sustainability efforts in the workplace.

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