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Debra A. Noumair

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S., Boston University
  • Scholarly Interests

    • Executive education and change leadership
    • Leadership development and executive coaching
    • Group and organizational dynamics and the application of systems thinking to individual, team, and organizational performance

    Selected Publications

    Shani, A. R. & Noumair, D. A. (Eds.) (2014). Research in Organizational Change and Development, Volume 22. UK: Emerald Books.

    Golom, F. D. & Noumair, D. A. (2014). No Add-Ons Necessary: Cultural and Pedagogical Implications of a Competency-Based Approach to Training I-O Psychologists. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell.

    Shani, A. R., Pasmore, W. A., Woodman, R. W., & Noumair, D. A. (Eds.). (2013) Research in Organizational Change and Development, Volume 21. UK: Emerald Books.

    Noumair, D. A. (2013). Cultural revelations: Shining a light on organizational dynamics. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 63(2) 153-176.

    Noumair, D. A., Winderman, B., & Burke, W. W. (2010). Transforming the A. K. Rice Institute: From club to organization. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 46(4) 473–499.

    Burke, W. W. & Noumair, D. A. (2009).  Action learning and organization development.  In Dilworth, R. L. & Boshyk, Y. (Eds.), Action learning and its applications. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Cytyrnbaum, S., & Noumair, D.A. (Eds.). (2004). Group dynamics, organizational irrationality, and social complexity: Group relations reader 3: The A. K. Rice Institute, Jupiter, FL.

    Noumair, D.A. (2004). Diversity and authority conferences as a social defense. In L. J. Gould & L. Stapley & M. Stein (Eds.), Applied experiential learning: The group relations training approach. Madison, CT: Psychosocial Press.

    Noumair, D. A. & Burke, W. W. (2002). The Multiplicity of Roles and Demands for the Leader as Partner. In L. Segil, J. Belasco & Goldsmith, M. (Eds.) The Leader as Partner.

    Burke, W.W., & Noumair, D.A. (2001). Personality assessment in organization development. In A.H. Church & J. Waclawski (Eds.), Handbook of Organization Development. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

    Reed, G. M., & Noumair, D. A. (2000). The Tiller of Authority in a Sea of Diversity: Empowerment, Disempowerment, and the Politics of Identity. In E. Klein & F. Gabelnick & P. Herr (Eds.), Dynamic consultation in a changing workplace. Madison, CT: Psychosocial Press.

    biographical information

    Professor Noumair received her masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Having spent nine years on the faculty of the Counseling Psychology Program, she joined the Social-Organizational Program faculty in 1999.  After joining Social-Organizational Psychology, she coordinated the Ph.D. Program for two years and currently serves as Academic Program Coordinator of the Social-Organizational Psychology Program, Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation and the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership (XMA).  She teaches courses on organization consultation and change, process consultation, and executive coaching.  Her teaching, research and scholarship, and service are all aimed at the application and integration of theory, research, and practice.

    Dr. Noumair is the author of articles and book chapters on group relations, organization development and change, and the analysis of diversity issues in groups, organizations, and social systems. She edited Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3, which brings the theoretical and practical application of group relations concepts to life in teams, organizations, communities, and society.  She serves on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and the OPUS International Journal, Organisational and Social Dynamics, and is an editor of the book series, Research on Organization Change and Development. An experienced leader in executive education, Dr. Noumair is on the faculty of leadership development programs sponsored by Columbia University Business School and Simmons School of Management. Much of her executive education work focuses on leadership development with women executives in custom programs within companies as well as in Leading Women Executives, a CEO-sponsored leadership development program focused on high potential women and their companies.  

    Professor Noumair is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Organization Development Network.

    professional organization membership

    Member, American Psychological Association
    Member, Academy of Management
    Member, Organization Development Network

    ORLJ 4901: Research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

    ORLJ 6343: Practicum in change and consultation in organizations

    Permission required. Prerequisite: ORL 5362 and ORLJ 4005. Enrollment limited. Open to doctoral candidates and others who have a strong background in social science, organizational behavior, administration, psychology, or business. Planned change in organizations. Offers the opportunity to study and experience anticipated consultant roles during the entry, diagnostic, and intervention phases of efforts to effect change. Special fee.

    ORLJ 6349: Practicum: Process Consultation

    Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

    ORLJ 6901: Advanced research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

    ORLJ 8900: Dissertation advisement in social-organizational psychology

    Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

    Centers and Projects

    Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation