Noumair, Debra (dn28)

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Noumair, Debra A.
Professor of Psychology and Education
Academic Program Director for Social-Organizational Psychology
Organization & Leadership
212-678-3395

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218 B Zankel

Office Hours:
By Appointment

Biographical Information

Debra A. Noumair, Professor of Psychology and Education is Founder and Director of the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership (XMA) and Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. The focus of her work is on applying systems psychodynamics to executive education as well as to organization change with individuals, teams, and organizations. She teaches courses on organization change, process consultation, and executive coaching.

Dr. Noumair is co-author of Organization Development: A Process of Learning & Changing, 3rdEdition, co-editor of the Emerald annual book series, Research in Organization Change and Development, and coeditor of Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3.  She is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and on the International Advisory Board of the OPUS International Journal, Organisational and Social Dynamics.

As director of numerous leadership development programs, Dr. Noumair brings her work on individual, group, and organizational dynamics to executives through examining multi-rater feedback and psychological assessments at the individual and group level and through teaching and executive coaching with senior executives nationally and internationally. She has worked with global companies in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States.

Much of Dr. Noumair’s executive education work involves partnering with organizations to address the advancement of women through examining systemic barriers, teaching group dynamics, and conducting assessment-anchored executive coaching with women leaders.  Dr. Noumair regularly directs custom women’s leadership development programs and she is on the core faculty of Leading Women Executives, a CEO-sponsored leadership development program focused on high potential women and their companies.

Dr. Noumair consults to organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors on culture change, senior team effectiveness, intergroup and interorganizational relations, and issues related to diversity at work. A Group Relations scholar and practitioner, Dr. Noumair is a Fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute. She has consulted to and directed Group Relations conferences nationally and served on the Board of Directors of the A.K. Rice Institute for nine years.

Dr. Noumair received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and holds masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She 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 

Fellow, A. K. Rice Insitute for the Study of Social Systems

  • Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S., Boston University
  • Executive education and change leadership
  • Application of systems psychodynamics to organization development and change
  • Social identity relations and individual, interpersonal, group, organizational, and societal dynamics

Shani, A. B. & Noumair, D. A.(Eds.), (in press). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 27 UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Noumair, D. A.& Shani, A. B. (Eds.), (2018). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 26 UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Noumair, D. A.,Pfaff, D. A., St. John, C., Gipson, A., Brazaitis, S. J. X-ray vision at work: Seeing inside organizational life. In Shani, A. B. & Noumair, D. A. (Eds.), (2017). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 25 UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Shani, A. B. & Noumair, D. A.(Eds.), (2017). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 25 UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Block, C. J. and Noumair, D. A. (2017). Introduction: Understanding diversity dynamics in systems: Social equality as an organization change issue. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 51, 5–9.

Noumair, D. A.& Shani, A. B. (Eds.), (2016). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 24 UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Kolb, D. M. & Noumair, D. A. (June 17, 2016). How to negotiate for yourself when people don’t expect you to.Harvard Business Review.

Shani, A. B. & Noumair, D. A. ( Eds.), (2015). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 23 UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Block, C. J. & Noumair, D.A. (2015). Call for papers: Understanding diversity dynamics in systems: Social equality as an organization change issue. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 51, 5–9.

Burke, W. W. & Noumair, D. A. (2015). Organization Development: A Process of Learning and Changing, 3rdEdition. New York: Pearson.

Shani, A. B. & Noumair, D. A. (Eds.), (2014). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 22. UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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, 7(1), 18–21.

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

Shani, A. B., Pasmore, W. A., Woodman, R. W., & Noumair, D. A.(Eds.), (2013). Research in Organization Change and Development, Volume 21. UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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


Debra A. Noumair, Professor of Psychology and Education, Academic Program Director for Social-Organizational Psychology, and Founder and Director of the Executive Master’s Program in Change Leadership (XMA), Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. The focus of her work is on applying systems psychodynamics to organization change with individuals, teams, and organizations. Through her research, she developed X-Ray Vision,  a tool which provides a framework for linking overt behavior and covert dynamics in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of group and organizational life. 

Professor Noumair is co-author of Organization Development: A Process of Learning & Changing, 3rdEdition, co-editor of the annual book series, Research in Organization Change and Development, and co-editor of Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3.  She serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, on the International Advisory Board of the OPUS International Journal, Organisational and Social Dynamics, and on the Academic Board of Mind Gym, an international behavioral science firm that uses psychology-based solutions to transform individual, team, and organizational performance.

As a scholar-practitioner, Professor Noumair partners with organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors to advance under-represented groups through examining systemic barriers, teaching group dynamics, and conducting assessment-anchored executive coaching with senior leaders.  She directs executive education programs in global organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States, and serves on the faculty of the Consulting & Coaching for Change Program (Oxford Said Business School & HEC-Paris), the Leadership & Educational Change Program (Teachers College-National Institute of Education (Singapore), and Leading Women Executives (a CEO-sponsored leadership development program in the US).

Professor Noumair received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. 


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