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. The application process is announced to alumni each February. 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.

2019-2020 ISI Fellows


Human Development

Dohrea Bardell, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
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.

Shari Bowles Gibbons, MBA (Evidence Based Coaching 2019)
Ikigai Women’s Leadership Circle
This professional development project builds on the research and application of the Japanese Ikigai (‘reason for being’) framework as a tool to generate intentionality about one’s life trajectory, particularly during life transitions.

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.

Pat Hendrickson, EdD (Leadership for Change 2013)
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, 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.

Anna Simon (Evidence Based Coaching 2010)
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
Exposing Organizational Misconduct: Survive & Thrive Despite the Inevitable Backlash
This project explores assessment instruments to inform successful mental health treatment of individuals who expose organizational misconduct using the Biopsychosocial Factors in Posttraumatic Growth Trajectory Model.


Carrie Arnold, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2018 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2015) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2016) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017) 
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.

Kate McAlpine, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2015) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
Ellen Byrne, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)

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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018)
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014) 
A STEM Leader Model
These research projects explore the relationship between servant leadership and decision-making in STEM life science organizations.

Anna Szabados, EdD (Leadership for Change 2005) 
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.

Media & Education

William Baldowski, PhD (Media Psychology 2018) 
Mediating Emotions: Mental Health in the Digital Age
This research project explores the impact of online support spaces on reducing stress and mental health concerns for online educators.

Colleen Cleveland, PhD (Media Psychology 2018) 
Empathetic Educator Training Course
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, 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.

Marcia Docherty, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017) 
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.

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.

Rebecca Reese, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017) 
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.

Ann Ritter, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018)  
Touching the Future with Y.O.G.A. for Youth
This consulting and research project is focused on the benefits of yoga in the early and formative years of a young people’s lives, including underserved youth in community-recreation and juvenile-detention facilities.

Mental & Physical Health

Maggie Buckley, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2007)
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2009) 
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, PhD (Infant and Early Childhood Development 2017) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017) 
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, MA (Clinical Psychology 2005) 
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.

Leslie McMichael, PhD (Media Psychology 2018) 
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, 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 wellbeing through understanding overlaps and differences embedded in Cherokee and English languages. The purpose is to strengthen healthcare service delivery for Native Americans.

Jamesena Talbott, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2019)
Women at Mid-life Experiencing Eating Disorders: Discovery, Recovery, and Beyond 
This research study will explore how women over the age of 40 who experience eating disorders have managed their process of recovery, with a focus on their use of contemplative practices.

Robin Lynn Treptow, PhD (Infant and Early Childhood Development 2019)
Keeping babies in the tub (not out with the bathwater): Reducing bias’s effects on infants’ learning and growing 
This professional development and consulting project seeks to change medical narratives among professional caregivers about infants with disabilities who are expected to do poorly.

Organizational Development & Change

Lee Barnes, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017)
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2002) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2016) 
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, 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.

Marc Hanlan, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018)  
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018)  
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.

Christina Leimer, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2011)  
The Influence of Expanded Consciousness on Social Change
The research explores linkages between individual and collective consciousness such as intuition, dreams, imagination, and system-level energy fields and how these might be operationalized to influence social change.

Trevor Maber, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018) 
The Art of Deliberate Change
This professional development project will design and delivery 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.

Marie Sonnet, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2016) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2015) 
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.

Randal Thompson, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014) 
Leading on the Commons: How Collaborative Communities are Ushering in a New Social Order
This research project will focus 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

Stanley Augustine, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2018) 
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.

Larry Gebhardt, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2000) Recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation in 2019 
Strategies for Employment of Disadvantaged People
This collaborative research and action project examines the effects of employment mentoring for individuals who are disadvantaged and marginalized within their community context (e.g., disabled, homeless, veterans, LBGT, refugees, immigrants, former felons, addiction recovered, non-Christian religions). Results will be used to proposed amendments to state and federal vocational rehabilitation legislation.

Alison Granger-Brown, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2014) 
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, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 1999) 
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.

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 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.

Maaskelah Thomas, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2008)  
Pathways to Fulfilling Legacy Among African American Councils of Elders
This research project examines the motivations, feelings, and viewpoints of members of African American Councils of Elders in several different communities.

Patricia Salgado, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 1997)
Karin Bunnell, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 1998)

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, 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.

Julie Smendzuik-O’Brien, PhD (Human and Organizational Development 2017) 
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.