Brett Avner

Brett Avner

Affiliate Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    PsyD. Business/Psychology - Consulting Track & I/O Track
  • The Chicago School Chicago
Business Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60654
325 N Wells St
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Highly accomplished business leader with a unique talent for leveraging a broad spectrum of Human Resources " best practices" to achieve optimal organizational performance. Significant experience interfacing with Corporate Boards, along with Executive Compensation; the management of large scale initiatives and organizational change, executive team development, talent management and aligning organizational capabilities. All work is rooted in a passionate belief in the ability of a well-developed and articulated talent strategy and corporate culture to drive outstanding business results.

Specialties: 1.Strategic Talent Management 2.Leadership - Senior Team Coaching and Development 3.Change Management 4.Strategic Organization Alignment 5.Creating a Unique Culture 6.Human Resources as a Strategic Capability

  • B.A. Psychology, Bradley University
  • M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of North Texas
  • PhD. Industrial /Organizational Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Areas Of Expertise

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors - BrightPink Chicago, IL. 
  • Board of Directors - CJE SeniorLife Chicago, IL.

Teaching Philosophy

I respect each student’s intellectual ability and professional maturity. I foster independent thinking and applied application of the curriculum thru practical and real world examples. Accountability and teamwork are emphasized as students apply the principals

Philosophy Regarding the Practice

Psychology is an applied science. The field of I/O Psychology provides the tools and techniques to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness. Throughout my thirty years as a business executive, my education in Industrial Psychology was invaluable in building successful organizations.

Why I chose I/O Psychology

I chose I/O because it is a technical skill most appropriate for driving organizational effectiveness. Further I saw results fairly quickly when applied the tools of the trade. Finally, I grew up in a family business and value relationships, creativity, and diversity. All are part of this exciting field of study.


The Chicago School is a terrific educational institution. Students develop practical skills to foster high levels of organizational effectiveness as professionals. The school will give you tangible skills and a great career.