Noumair, Debra (dn28)

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Noumair, Debra
Professor of Psychology and Education
Director of Executive Education Programs in Change & Consultation
Organization & Leadership

218 B Zankel

Office Hours:
By Appointment

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.) (in press). Research in Organizational Change and Development, Volume 23. UK: Emerald Books.

Burke, W. W. & Noumair, D. A. (2015). Organization Development: A Process of Learning and Changing, 3rd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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.

Debra A. Noumair is Founder and Director of the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership (XMA), Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation, and Associate Professor in Social-Organizational Psychology in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Noumair is currently engaged in teaching, research, consulting, and coaching; the focus of her work is on applying systems psychodynamics to executive education as well as to organization change at multiple levels with individuals, teams, and organizations. She teaches courses on organization change and consultation and executive coaching.

Dr. Noumair is co-author of Organization Development: A Process of Learning & Changing, 3rd Edition, co-editor of the Emerald annual book series, Research on 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 women’s leadership development programs for Time Warner and Thomson Reuters, and she is currently 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.

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


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