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Build Thriving Work Environments.

The Doctor of Organizational Psychology (PsyD) program is designed to meet the growing demand for experts who can cultivate thriving work environments and positive company cultures in today’s rapidly changing workplace. Created as a practical, application-oriented alternative to traditional, research-heavy PhDs, this program equips you to solve real-world organizational problems. Drawing from psychology, human resources, management, and more, the PsyD program prepares you for impactful leadership roles with advanced knowledge and practical skills.

CGU is home to the largest Organizational Psychology programs in the world and is recognized as a leader in Positive Psychology. Our new PsyD leverages this strength to provide an innovative applied doctorate with concentrations in:

Program Benefits

Our PsyD program fills a gap in doctoral education by offering hands-on expertise with comprehensive evaluation and statistical training. Through applied coursework, you will learn from executive leaders in the field and industry partnership opportunities such as: Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, Disney, and many more. The PsyD program prepares you to gain a competitive edge in the job market and become a leader in organizational psychology.

Program Highlights

Career Paths

Graduates of this program will be ready to excel in leadership roles that significantly enhance organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. Common job titles may include Director of Training and Development, People Analytics Specialist, Human Resource Business Partner, Chief People Officer, and Vice President of Global Talent.

Ideal Candidates

Our PsyD program is designed for:

Program At a Glance

72 units (students can transfer up to 24 units)


Full-time: 3-4 years
Part-time: 5-8 years

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Areas of Concentration

Industrial Organizational Psychology

This concentration aligns directly to the competencies outlined by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and prepares you to tackle workplace challenges on both individual and organizational fronts. Curriculum and training includes workforce planning, diversity, equity, and inclusion, recruitment and selection, talent management, leader development, attitudes and motivation, and much more.

Positive Organizational Psychology

Developed in one of the nation’s premier institutions for Positive Psychology, this concentration prepares you to improve organizational effectiveness and individual work life through empirically supported best practices in the field of Positive Organizational Psychology.


The PsyD curriculum integrates statistics, methodology, and evaluation with significant hands-on experience through applied projects with leading organizations. With concentrations available in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Positive Organizational Psychology plus 22 units of electives, you can customize your education to match your career goals. A mix of online and flex courses accommodates working professionals, allowing you to balance career, family, and study while enjoying our unique campus culture.

Degree Requirements



You will complete two practicum courses and aligned projects.

Field Training

Take TDNY 440 (Professional Practice for Inclusive Excellence) to complete your field placement. You are encouraged to use your field placement organization for either your first year project and/or your capstone project.


Address a real organizational psychology issue faced by a real client. Upon completion of the project, you will present your work to a panel of practitioners and academic scholars in a capstone defense.


Complete an applied and practitioner-driven portfolio that will equip you with applied and translational skills essential to compete in the workforce. The portfolio will include the following:

Competencies & Learning Outcomes

CGU Core Faculty

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Becky Reichard

Full Professor

Research Interests

Development of those not typically represented in leadership roles (e.g., women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+), Psychological mechanisms underlying the process of leader development (e.g., feedback, goal striving, self-views, implicit theories, leader development readiness), Development of leadership through experiences outside of the work context (e.g., global, sports, volunteering, crisis)

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Jessica Diaz

Director, Human Resource Management
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Organizational behavior, employee experience, psychological safety, diversity, equity, and inclusion, leader development, statistics and methodology

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Stephen Gilliland

University Professor

Research Interests

Organizational Justice, Employee Attitudes and Motivation, Leadership

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Stewart I. Donaldson

Distinguished University Professor
Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
Executive Director, The Evaluators' Institute (TEI)

Research Interests

Positive Organizational Psychology, Health/Well-Being & Positive Functioning Across Cultures, Program Design & Re-Design, Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Measurement & Evaluation

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Michelle Bligh

Interim Executive Vice President & Provost
Professor of Organizational Behavior

Research Interests

Leadership, Organizational Culture, Charismatic Leadership

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Cindi Gilliland

Professor of Practice in Organizational Psychology

Research Interests

Social Innovation, Resilience & Well-Being, Diversity and Inclusion

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M. Gloria González-Morales

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Center for Academic & Faculty Excellence

Research Interests

Work stress; work-life issues; workplace victimization and incivility; relational practices and cultures; diversity; positive organizational interventions to enhance well-being and performance.

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Tiffany Berry

Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Full Research Professor

Research Interests

Educational Program Evaluation, K–12 Educational Curricula, Comprehensive School Reform

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Michelle Sloper

Associate Professor of Evaluation Practice

Research Interests

Positive youth development, evaluation capacity building, evaluation use, continuous quality improvement, expanded learning programs

Adjunct & Affiliate Faculty

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Paola Alvarez

Area(s) of Expertise/Research

Training and Development, Coaching

Industry Experience

Current Vice President, Human Resources West Region at Hines, privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm. Paola previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for Reyes Beer Division West Reyes

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Dana Mayhew

Area(s) of Expertise/Research

Human Resources

Industry Experience

Owner of TDC Consults – human resources and employee relations consulting firm. Dana is also on the board of PIHRA, California’s affiliate of SHRM (the national society for human resource management)

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Sheilesha Willis

Area(s) of Expertise/Research

Cultivating Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Organizations

Industry Experience

Current Director of DEIB and Talent Development at Aurora Solar. Previous head of DEI&B at Gem amd Robinhood

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