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.

2018 – 2019 ISI Fellows

Human Development

Dohrea Bardell, ’17, Human Development
On Death and Dying: A New Approach
This project examines new approaches to death and dying as the basis for educational tools to guide the demographically large and diverse “baby boomer” population.

Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, HOD ’12
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.

Pat Hendrickson, ’13, Leadership for Change
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.

Pauline Johnson-Zielonka, ’13, Organizational Development & Change
Retirement Adjustment: Social-Psychological Changes and Adjustments
This research and action explores the social psychological adjustments that retirees face and develop seminars and educational materials for practitioners and those nearing retirement.

Anna Simon, ’10, Evidence Based Coaching
The Bluebird Project
This education project will emphasize emotional intelligence among third grade children over the course of a school year and assess the behavioral and psychological effects.

Rebecca Stafford, ’17, Human Development
The Whistleblowers Post-Trauma Recovery Assessment Project
This research project develops a client intake assessment instrument to support therapists’ assessments of whistleblower clients’ states of emotional, physical, and social well-being as they progress along their post-trauma trajectories.

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.


Carrie Arnold, ’17, Human Development
The Silenced Female Leader
This research project compares the experiences of female leaders in different public and private sector industries whose voices have been silenced within their organizations. Findings will be used for coaching and related leadership development efforts that will retain and strengthen women leaders and the organizations in which they work.

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.

Valerie Davis, ’16, Human Development
Agency and Communion: A New Leadership Mind for the Twenty-First Century
This project explores the theoretical relationship between a communal leadership style that inspires agency in others and its effects on organizational advancement.

Dan Edgar, ’17, Human and Organizational Systems
Dialogic Leadership Development in the Face of Industry Disruption
This project works with a privately-owned retail automotive dealership to create a high-speed, high-trust organization, capable of thriving in an industry being disrupted by e-commerce, ride-sharing, and vehicle electrification.

Leslie Hamdorf, ’13, Leadership for Change
Global Youth Leadership Network
This intervention project is designed to foster relationship and leadership potential in high school youth through a global youth leadership network.

Julie Huffaker, ’17, Organizational Development & Change
Me to We: Applying Research Results to Develop Collaborative Leadership Culture
This consulting project works with privately held company to shift their leadership culture from one of traditional, top-down, command-and-control culture to one of high collaboration.

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.

Lori Nemeth, ’17, Human and Organizational Systems
Ellen Byrne, ’17, Organizational Development and Change
Development of Emerging Leaders in Small to Mid-Sized Companies
This study collects data from CEOs in small to mid-sized organizations to explore the challenges of leadership development and filling senior leadership positions. The results will be used to develop key competencies and greater self-awareness to rapidly prepare emerging leaders.

Kate Sikerbol, ’18, Human and Organizational Systems
Explorations of Managerial Voice: The Role of the Relational Context in Enabling and Constraining Voice
This study explores how senior academic leaders (e.g., presidents, vice-presidents, provosts) contribute to a context that enables or constrains mid-level managers speaking up in the workplace.

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.

Anna Szabados, ’05, Leadership for Change
Vision2Action, Strategic Creativity Training
This professional development project will provide leadership and creativity training for community college administrators, faculty and staff, with an emphasis on under-served minorities and women.

Pamela Van Dyke, ’12, Human and Organizational Systems
The Efficacy of Determination of Virtual Intelligence in Organizational Leaders
This project will determine the importance and efficacy of understanding the virtual intelligence quotient necessary for organizational leaders to effectively lead remote employees.

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.

Colleen Cleveland, ’18, Media Psychology
This course will aid new teachers by increasing their self-care and ability to use empathy when dealing with problems common to online college teaching such as indifference, anxiety and learning challenges, many of which are less apparent than in the classroom.

Nina Craft, ’15, Media Psychology
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.

Marcia Docherty, ’17, Human Development
The New Faculty Handbook
This research project supports positive faculty agency during the first year of work through preparation of a faculty handbook that emphasizes the transition into academic institutional culture.

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.

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.

Rebecca Reese, ’17, Human & Organizational Systems
Climate Change Simulation: Action Options
This project creates a simulation game for the general public to engage individuals emotionally and intellectually in the challenges of shifting the current climate change trajectory.

Cynthia Vinney, ’16, Media Psychology
The Role of Media in Narrative Identity
This research project develops a framework of common themes arising from individuals’ life stories about their positive experiences with fictional media, and investigates whether such memories of favorite media can enhance well-being.

Mental & Physical Health

Maggie Buckley, ’07 Human Development
Shared Living For People With Disabilities
This project develops a model for shared living (individuals with disabilities and nondisabled persons living together) through the combined support of families, staff, and community members, to create an environment where mutual relationships contribute to spiritual and social transformation.

Anita Chambers, ’09, Human Development
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.

Cristin Checchia, ’17, Infant and Early Childhood Development
Public School Team Intervention for Children With Eating Difficulties
This project will create an interprofessional team of public school therapists and educators to support the safety, social, emotional and educational needs of children with dysphagia and related eating difficulties.

Gwen Dubois-Wing, ’17, Human & Organizational Systems
High Performing Boards in Ontario Community Health Centres
In collaboration with the Association of Ontario’s Health Centres, this research explores the qualities of high performing Boards and their relationship with collaborative governance.

Denise Frank, ’05, Psychology
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.

Susan Mazer, ’11, Human and Organizational Systems
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.

Leslie McMichael, 18, Media Psychology
The Effects of Concussions on Independent Performers in the Film and Television Industry
This study assesses the relationship between concussions and neuropsychological functioning and develops a standardized protocol for reporting concussions and appropriately managing the recovery process for those television and film workers who sustain one.

Suzan McVicker, ’17, Human and Organizational Systems
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 wellbeing through understanding overlaps and differences embedded in Cherokee and English languages. The purpose is to strengthen healthcare service delivery for Native Americans.

Organizational Development & Change

Lee Barnes, ’17, Human and Organizational Systems 
Behavioral Economic Factors That Influence Healthy Food Choice
The goal of this research is to understand ways that consumers can find healthy food alternatives in neighborhood stores with less access to these options.

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.

Inbal Demri, ’16, Human and Organizational Systems 
Success Strategies of Entrepreneurial Women in Silicon Valley
This research studies the experiences of entrepreneurial women in Silicon Valley as they navigate the ‘no woman’s land’ nature of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Jane Feng, ’15, Human and Organizational Systems 
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.

Marc Hanlan, ’18, Organizational Development and Change
Return on Investment (ROI) of Distributive Justice in Transcendent Teams
This study will explore ROI for high-performing teams that employ differing levels of distributive justice.

Erika Jacobi, ’18, Organizational Development and Change
Cognitive Linguistic Identity Dynamics in Successful and Struggling Organizations
This study will explore how emergent organizational identities are associated with patterns of cognitive linguistic prototypes that vary in their self-described levels of success and struggle.

Gayla Napier, ’16, Organizational Development & Change
Telling Stories: Understanding Communitas in Liminal Workgroups
This research project explores how professionals who work in a distributed and mobile workforce create deep, durable relationships, and how this connection links to well-being.

Keri Ohlrich, ’11, Organizational Development & Change
Creating Impactful Human Resource Professionals aka HR Warriors
This project offers workshops and online learning for HR professionals that will help them assess their current capacity and build a solid foundation for future growth through real-world skill building and personal change.

Prima Patri, MA ’10 Organization Management and Development
Community Emergency Response System
This project will establish an emergency response system in the Brigade Millennium community in Bangalore, India, that can provide timely and accurate assistance during critical minutes of an emergency.

James Rankin, ’17, Organizational Development & Change
Clarity: A Thesis in Transparency
This project seeks client partners to install and test block chain technology systems that are designed to enhance organizational and digital transparency.

Marie Sonnet, ’16, Organizational Development & Change
Igniting Innovation in Organizational Change Readiness
This research study will combine evidence-based assessment of organizational resilience and change management leadership in the insurance industry.

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.

Social Change, Diversity & Inclusion

Stanley Augustine, ’18, Human and Organizational Systems
Homeless Children With Hearing Loss: Developing Action Research
This project will engage a group of community-based health and social service experts in Los Angeles to develop action research proposals that will improve the lives of homeless children with hearing loss.

David Drake, ’03, Organizational Development & Change
Creating Shared Narratives Across Differences: A Pilot Project on the Future of Land and Food in California
This research project tests the narrative design framework as a structure for dialogue that surfaces the connections between personal and collective change.

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.

Linda Honold, HOD ’99
Year-Round Civic Engagement
With external support from the Brico Fund, this research project develops a model based on data in Wisconsin and other states to expand civic engagement and strengthen interconnectedness among organizations working to engage people in democracy.

Pam Kennebrew, ’15, Leadership for Change
Mitigating the Consequences of Incarceration for African American Women
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
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, HOD ’14 
Project Recovery Following a Catastrophic Risk Event
This in-depth case study investigates project recovery following a devastating natural disaster. Findings from the study will provide lessons learned and professional tools to benefit other organizations with similar experiences in the future.

Kathleen McMillian-Roberts, ’14, Organizational Development & Change
The Impact of Mutuality in Mentoring Relationships with Underserved Populations
With grant support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, this research project explores enhancements in mentoring relationships for children of incarcerated parents and young males of color.

Laura Ann Mitchell, ’09, Leadership For Change
Exploring What Works in Mexican Indigenous Schools
This project works with indigenous students who are successful in school in both Oaxaca and Jalisco, Mexico to explore aspects of their schools, culture, and language that can be applied to the American school systems.

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.

Elizabeth Speck, ’13, Organizational Development & Change
Fair Chance Employment: Leveraging the Workforce of the Future
The goal of this project is to equip employers, hiring managers, and human resources staff with the tools to proactively integrate employees with criminal records, and to conceptualize such inclusion as part of their overall organizational


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, ’04, Organizational Management & Development
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.

Julie Smendzuik-O’Brien, 17, Human and Organizational Systems
Sustainability and Organization Development: Linking a Global Issue to Change Facilitators
This project will develop a model for internal organization development practitioners that will enable them to further the implementation of sustainability efforts in the workplace.