Michael Barr

Michael Barr

Executive Director and Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Dean of Academic Affairs, Online Campus

    Executive Director, Business Psychology (online)

    Associate Professor

  • The Chicago School Online
Academic Affairs
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
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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.

  • Barr, M. A., Newhouse, N. K., & Aguilar, A. (2012, January). Technology Assisted Student Learning and Program Effectiveness Assessment. Session presented at the NCSPP Mid-winter Conference, New Orleans, LA.

  • Bellucci, C., Morgan, A., Zhao, L., Morris, D. E., Jacobson, R. S., Foss, M, & Barr, M. A. (2011, April).  Measuring outcomes of orthognathic surgery from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Paper presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Bettini, F. A. & Barr, M.A. (2014, February). Leadership for the survival of nonprofit arts organizations. Poster presented at the 22d Annual Conference of The Society of Consulting Psychology, February, 2014, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Crilly-Bellucci, C., Barr, M. A., Kapp-Simon, K., & Patel, P. K. (2010, March).  Othognathic surgery:  Improving quality of life for adolescents.  Paper presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Fort Worth, TX.

  • Crilly-Bellucci, C., Morgan, A., Morris, D., Patel, P, O’Gara, M., Kapp-Simon, K., Barr, M.A. (2013, May).  Quality of life in adolescents undergoing orthognathic surgery:  Self-reported symptoms versus judgments of unfamiliar listeners.  Paper presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Orlando, FL.

  • Kleinfeldt, K. & Barr, M.A. (2014, February). Is retaining Generation Y employees like trying to nail Jell-o to the wall?  Discover leadership secret weapons.  Poster presented at the 22d Annual Conference of The Society of Consulting Psychology, February, 2014, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Leslie, J., Raju, N. S., Barr, M. A.,  Zieleskiewicz, J. (1999, May).  The fidelity of the translation of the Benchmarks survey into French and UK English.  Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

  • Martyn, M., Barr, M., & Newhouse, N. K. (2012, April). TCSPP Uses Actionable Data to Assess Student Learning. Session presented at the Cite 2012 Conference, Orlando, FL.

  • McClintock, C., & Barr, M.A. (2012, December).  Assessing learning outcomes in online graduate education.  Session presented at the 52d annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.

Select Publications

  • Barr, M.A., & Raju, N.S. (2003). IRT-based assessments of rater effects in multiple-source feedback instruments. Organizational Research Methods, 6, 15-43.

  • 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.

  • Kapp-Simon, K. A., Colette, B. R., Barr-Schinzel, M. A., Craddock, M. M., Buono, L. A., Pietila, K. E., & Speltz, M. L. (2012) Behavioral adjustment of toddler and pre-school aged children with single-suture craniosynostosis.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 130, 3, 130, 635-647.

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.