Career Outlook

Your Future with a PsyD in Leadership Psychology

photo of Enin RudelLeadership PsyD graduates, Dr. Enin Rudel, Dr. Brandi Derr, Dr. Miranda Ralston, Dr. Terrence Williams and Dr. Aprille Young, published their article titled Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Social Architecture and Black Male Leadership appearing in the Advances in the Developing Human Resources (ADHR) journal. The article is based on Dr. Rudel's Doc Project, and is the only one of its kind!
[Image: Dr. Enin Rudel]

Leadership psychologists hold exciting roles where they can have direct impact on the culture and performance of an organization. As a doctoral-level leadership psychologist, you can customize your path and will have many opportunities in your future depending on your passion, interests, and goals. Here's a sampling of jobs you may find with your advanced degree:

  • Leadership Psychologist
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • OD Consultant/Director/Executive
  • Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Organizational Development Strategist
  • Strategic HR Business Partner
  • Global Change and Engagement Leader

Photo of Omar BahLeadership PsyD graduate, Dr. Omah Bah, founded the Refugee Dream Center in Providence to offer other refugees in Rhode Island post-settlement support. He hopes to bring in a voice of diversity and unity. 

Dr. Omah Bah is running for United States Congress.

Graduates can pursue jobs at the VP, Director, Manager or Specialist level in the following areas:

  • Operations, People and Culture
  • Employee Engagement
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Talent and Diversity
  • Workforce Planning and Training
  • Leadership Development and Effectiveness
  • Recruiting and Talent Acquisition
  • Human Capital
  • Organizational Change
  • Change Management
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Talent Development
  • Performance

Photo of Laura McHaleLeadership PsyD graduate, Laura McHale, PsyD, published her book Neuroscience for Organizaitonal Communication: A Guide for Communicators and Leaders. Dr. McHale's book is unique in that it is the first to apply neuroscience to the practice of organizational communication. It combines work from her previous career in corporate communication with her new career in consulting organizational psychology.

Salary Guide

With your Leadership PsyD degree, you will increase your earning power and have the skills to excel in high-paying jobs. According to, there is a range of salaries for the profession, which vary by industry and occupation.  Here is a sampling below. We encourage you to do your own research on or the Bureau of Labor Statistics to explore salary expectations for your geographical region and industry.

Job Title National Salary Range
Organizational Psychologist $83,954-161,825
OD Director $141,286-$230,710
OD Strategist $96,138-$160,364
Talent and Diversity Manager $140,849-$244,011
Recruiting Director $119, 484-$185,592


Photo of Funmi AguochaLeadership PsyD graduate, Funmi Aguocha, MS, LSW, PsyD, accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health. The Brookline Center provides outstanding, affordable mental health care and social services that help people and families lead healthier, safer lives.


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