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Lorraine Priest, PhD

Dr. Lorraine Priest holds several degrees: Associate Degree in Business Administration (Johnson & Wales University): a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, (University of Phoenix): Masters in Business Administration (University of Phoenix): and a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Science, with a major in Leadership and Organizational Change (Walden University). Dr. Priest has provided learning opportunities to employees, and created training for her employer on a global basis. Dr. Priest’s research focuses on diversity in thinking of managers and has extended her knowledge by contributing to publications in the area of corrections. She is a member of the Center for Workplace Diversity Research at the University of Phoenix and a dissertation chair, committee member and University Research Methodologist (URM) for the College of Doctoral Studies. Dr. Priest has co-authored several articles in corrections to enhance her education and reach out to additional research. Her research on A Phenomenological Exploration of Mediation Models of Transformative Learning was a research study that explored the role of mediation in enhancing transformative learning and in fostering an integrative vision for higher online education. The study focused on the impact of peer mentors, facilitators, to address the problem of suboptimal student retention and completion rates in online graduate courses. She has served as the Area Chair in Management and has been a facilitator in the Bachelors and Masters programs. Her ability to be a high school dropout and successfully succeed in obtaining her PhD is inspiring to those who may not believe they too can succeed. Dr. Priest has an exploring nature and enjoy rock hunting and making their treasures into necklaces, rings and bracelets. She also is a volunteer to call and train potential Bingo callers.

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-


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Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies