Directory & Faculty Profiles

Louise Underdahl, PhD, MPA, MSLS

I majored in English literature because it was recommended as the optimal foundation for a graduate degree in library science. I continued studies in public administration to prepare for an administrative career. During these years, I benefited from many inspiring professors who took time to serve as my docent and mentor. I wanted to give something back . . . to help others as these professors had helped me. But, after completing the PhD, I realized I needed wisdom and experience before I could teach or help anyone. In 1978, I began working for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an Instant Person, defined as temporary office support for campus departments. I have enjoyed each and every moment of my time with UCLA, with administrative roles in University Extension, Internal Audit, Electrical Engineering, Business and Finance and UCLA Health Risk Management. To help others develop their talents and find their "calling" has been a lifelong goal and serving University of Phoenix is a dream come true. In my free time, I join my daughter as a volunteer, work with my husband, serve as Vice President for UCLA Eta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and explore new horizons. The University of Phoenix helps all of us to fulfill Jack London's ambition "to live, not merely exist."

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-