Jay Finkelman



Jay Finkelman

Department Chair

  • Professor

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles, CA
IO/Business Psychology, Organization Leadership, Behavioral Economics
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 617 W 7th St Los Angeles CA 90017
Office 925
617 W 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dr. Jay Finkelman is the Department Chair of I-O, Business Psychology & Professor.

Previously he was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before that he was Professor and System-wide Director of Alliant International University's California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Organizational Psychology Division. He served as a senior manager, consultant and expert witness in employment, staffing and human resources management for over two decades. He has had hundreds of retentions and depositions and testified at trial, as an expert in employment practices, 52 times, equally for plaintiffs and defendants. He authored over 100 publications, including co-author of three books: The Psychologist Manager: Success Models for Psychologists in Executive Positions (Hogrefe Publishing, 2013), The 7 Attributes of Highly Competitive Staffing Firms (Crain Communications, Inc., 2010), and The Role of Human Factors In Computers (Human Factors Society, 1977).

Dr. Finkelman is an Industrial and Forensic Psychologist as well as a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from New York University and an M.B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY). He was a tenured full professor of Industrial Psychology at The City University of New York as well as Dean of Students at Baruch College. He also served on the Doctoral Faculty in Business, specializing in Organizational Behavior, at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

Dr. Finkelman served in a variety of senior line management positions after leaving CUNY, including Station Manager of KTVU Television Channel 2 in San Francisco, Vice President in charge of Marketing for Walt Disney television, Executive Vice President for United Personnel Services, Executive Vice President for AppleOne Employment Services, and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Kelly Services - in the Human Resource Management and Staffing Industry.

Dr. Finkelman holds Diplomates from the American Board of Professional Psychology in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology and in Forensic Psychology. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant from the National Association of Personnel Consultants and a Certified Employment Specialist from the California Association of Personnel Consultants. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of California and in the State of New York and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a member of Psi Chi, Delta Sigma Rho – Tau Kappa Alpha and Beta Gamma Sigma, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CUNY.

He is a member of the Industrial Psychology, Consulting Psychology and Engineering Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Finkelman specializes in Human Resources, workplace investigations, leadership, staffing industry management practices, training, employment discrimination (gender, age, race, and disability), sexual harassment, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Return to Work, compensation practices, executive compensation, wage & hours, independent contractor status, conflict of interest, negligent hiring/retention, wrongful termination, adverse impact, performance appraisal, psychometrics, statistical analysis, human factors and ergonomics.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A., Psychology City University of New York-Brooklyn College
MBA, Industrial Psychology City University of New York City College
Master of Legal Studies (MLS), Legal Studies The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law-Ventura
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology New York University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Fellow American Academy of Forensic Psychology
Diplomate American Board of Professional Psychology
Diplomate American Board of Forensic Psychology
Professional Ergonomist, Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics
Certified Employment Specialist, California Association of Personnel Consultants
Certified Personnel Consultant, National Association of Personnel Consultants
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
Licensed Psychologist, State of California
Licensed Psychologist, State of New York
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Business/IO Psychology Organizational Psychology
Career/Workplace Issues Ergonomics
Human Resource Management
Sexual / Gender Harassment
Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Psychologists
Employment Discrimination
Sexual / Gender Harassment
Psychology Subdisciplines - Business/IO Psychology