2012 TC Academics
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Svetlana Shmulyian

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.S., Nonprofit Management  / Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development, Milano Graduate School, New School University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Moscow Teachers Training University

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

professional experiences


2002 - 2004     IBM, Business Consulting Services, Senior Consultant, Business and Organization Strategy

1999 - 2002     PwC, Business Consulting Services, Principal Consultant, Business and Organization Strategy

  • Business and customer strategy: business, customer and market strategy, research and analytics
  • Organization strategy: organizational assessment and design, change management, survey research
  • CRM strategy: customer research/analytics, CRM processes, business requirements, vendor selection


1998 - 1999       Arthur Andersen, Human Resource Planning and Development, Analyst  

  • Survey Research: design, execution and presentation of findings of the organization culture research
  • Organizational development: secondary research, concept, execution and executive presentations in the areas of recruitment, performance management,   knowledge management, career development  

1997 - 1999       Independent Consultant, Clients included public and non-profit organizations, government organization, University, advertising company, internet start-up

  • Organizational development: organizational assessment and strategy for clients
  • MBTI: individual and group feedback sessions targeted at leadership/organization development



UNICEF, Training and Development Section, New York, Training and Development Intern

  • Training: Developed training modules for stress and critical incident management workshops \
  • Assessment: Designed evaluation for UNICEF training network

1994 - 1995       T-Group and Sensitivity Training, Trainer

  • Recruited participants, facilitated consultations & group process for personal/leadership development 



1997 - Present   Columbia University, Teachers College

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: Behavioral Research , Data Based Interventions (2005 - Present)
  • Teaching Assistant / Consultant: Behavioral Research, HRM, Practicum in Consulting (1997 - 1999)
  • Research Assistant: Organizational Climate and Business Performance, Conflict Resolution, Motivation (1997 - 1999)

principal publications

ORLJ 4009: Understanding behavioral research

Overview of alternative methods of behavioral research and their relative strengths and limitations. Application of methodological principles in order to read and evaluate social science research and learn how to begin to conduct research.

ORLJ 5019: Data-based interventions in organizations

Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. Reviews tools for collecting, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in organizations. Students explore and practice the use of data collection techniques most frequently utilized by practitioners in the field (secondary data, observations, questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups), as well as practice analysis techniques associated with these tools. The use of diagnostic tools is considered within the framework of the consulting cycle (contracting and planning, data collection, data analysis, and data feedback). Upon completion of this course, the students should be well prepared to engage in a consultation with the real client.

ORLJ 5020: Special topics in Organizational Psychology

Faculty. New and emerging developments, practices, and concerns in the field of social-organizational psychology are examined and evaluated. Topics are announced in the schedules distributed each semester.

Centers and Projects

International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/icccr/