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Bethany K. Mickahail, PhD, FRSA

Bethany K. Mickahail, PhD, FRSA is a doctoral Advisor/Chair and educator at the College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix, and was also dissertation faculty advisor/methodologist with the College of Management and Technology at Walden University. Dr. Mickahail has written course content for universities/public schools and is published in textbooks, peer reviewed journals, and academic books for publishers such as Sage and Palgrave Macmillan. Over the years, she has provided learning opportunities to students as an ESL teacher, staff developer-trainer, district wide program coordinator, college educator and United Nations researcher, for nearly three decades. She is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Systems Change, Educational/ Organizational Change, Workplace Diversity, Cultural Competence, Education, Leadership, Disability, Public Policy and Research Methods. Her education includes degrees from the University of Hawaii, (a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & TESL), the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University (a Masters of International Affairs and Communications); and a Doctorate in Education, Leadership & Public Policy from the University of Denver. In 2017, she was honored to join the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) in London as a Fellow, where she contributes her efforts to social justice issues. Dr.Bethany’s research focus is on issues related to innovative community based disability program policy, micro business development; training and systems change in California. As a doctoral level educator and dissertation adviser, she is an Advanced Fellow and affiliated with the Center for Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Phoenix. She is pursuing international research on Innovation and Design Thinking, Human/Person Centered Design strategies and beyond. An award winning author and presenter, Dr. Bethany frequently speaks to groups about innovation, Design Thinking, Creative Leadership and research as well as disability, change, policy development and practical implementation. She served as a member of a California Blue Ribbon state legislative subcommittee. Her research on Creative Leadership, Capturing the Essence of Change and new research model Praxis Documentation Aesthetic & Interpretation (PDAI), inspires parents, educators, researchers and policy-making groups to be relentless in their advocacy efforts to improve society. As a global traveler, societal praxis poet-pioneer, and cultural connoisseur, Dr. Bethany enjoys singing and exploring nature with her family.

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Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-