Noumair, Debra (dn28)

Noumair, Debra A.

Professor of Psychology and Education
Academic Program Director for Social-Organizational Psychology
212-678-3395

Office Location:

218 B Zankel

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Biographical Information

Debra A. Noumair, Professor of Psychology and Education, Academic Program Director for Social-Organizational Psychology, and Founder and Director of the Executive Master of Arts 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. 


Professional Organization Membership

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

  • 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 of Arts 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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