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Derek Rohde, PhD

My name is Derek Rohde and I am a Learning and Development Professional in addition to my work for the University of Phoenix. My research interests are varied. I am currently working on research looking at acculturative stress, its impact on immigrant workers, and how this is related to job attitudes and outcomes. I am also interested in the field of Positive Psychology and its effects on worker attitudes and stress responses. I currently have a research paper in progress examining the effects of dispositional optimism and proactive coping, and their buffering effects on emotional exhaustion with low-wage workers. My professional experience revolves around training, leadership development, as well as performance and learning management. I work for a large corporation and am responsible for employee education and development. In this capacity I teach classes around Situational Leadership II, Personality at Work (DISC) and a multitude of competency-driven leadership development classes. I have always loved the field of psychology and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul Minnesota with a B.A and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2006 and January of 2010 respectively.

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
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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-


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College of Doctoral Studies