Michael Barr

Michael Barr

Executive Director and Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Professional Faculty
    I/O and Business Psychology
    Director of Executive and Professional Education
    Assistant Professor
  • The Chicago School Online
Academic Affairs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
325 N. Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654
325 N. Wells St.
Office Location
Room 722
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Michael Barr an industrial/organizational psychologist specializing in leadership and motivation. He joined The Chicago School 2001 as program faculty in the IO Program, and as director of the school’s Consulting Center. He has coached many high-potential leaders at all levels of responsibility, from entry level professionals to senior executives. Additionally, he has extensive experience in organizational assessment and selection test development. Currently, he is on a research team at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Dr. Barr’s professional interests and expertise cover a wide variety of workplace issues including job satisfaction, employee motivation and loyalty, leadership development, stress, trends, team building, 360 feedback, and work/life balance.
Prior to joining The Chicago School, he completed postdoctoral work as an organizational psychologist at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago. My consulting career began as an associate consultant with the Organizational Capability Group at BP Amoco, and continues now in his private practice. Dr. Barr earned both his doctoral and Master’s degrees Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • B.A. in Psychology, Chicago State University
  • M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Barr, M.A. (2000, April). The importance of employee commitment to organizational effectiveness. Presentation to the Valley Human Resources Association, Aurora, IL
  • Barr, M.A. (2002, July). Public relations and social psychology. Presented to the Public Relations Society of America, Suburban Chicagoland Chapter
  • Barr, M.A., Grunsten, R., Davis, N., & Klawsky, J. (2005, January). The psychology of motivation: Influencing decision making. Presented to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Alumni Association

Select Publications

  • Barr, M.A., Sweet, J., Smallwood, R., & Smallwood, S. (2001, April). Employee commitment in a temporary staffing organization: Test of Model. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA
  • Corrigan, P.W., Steiner, L., McCracken, S.G., Blaser, B.B., & Barr, M.A. (2001). Strategies for disseminating evidence based practices to staff who treat people with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Severices, 52, 1598-1606
  • Barr, M.A., & Raju, N.S. (2003). IRT-based assessments of rater effects in multiple-source feedback instruments. Organizational Research Methods, 6, 15-43

Community Involvement

  • Beverly Hills University Club Scholarship Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 13 - Society of Consulting Psychology
  • National Celeration Society


Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: My undergraduate advisor involved me in many applied projects which got me involved in the field while I was selecting graduate school programs.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Learn time management, pace yourself, and work on as many projects as you can outside of class.