Michael Barr



Michael Barr

Associate Vice President, Academic Program Development Review Online Synergy

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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.

Education History
Degree Institution
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
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)
Member American Psychological Association (APA) Division 13 - Society of Consulting Psychology
Member National Celeration Society
Community Involvement
Beverly Hills University Club Scholarship Foundation
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Business/IO Psychology Employee Development
Employee Engagement
Employee Motivation
Employee Selection
Executive Assessment
Executive Coaching
Human Resource Management
Job Analysis
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Development
Organizational Psychology
Performance Appraisal
Training and Development
Career/Workplace Issues Career Counseling
Employee Development
Employee Engagement
Employee Motivation
Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior Management
Performance Management
Work/Life Balance

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.

Question and Answer
Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

My undergraduate advisor involved me in many applied projects which got me involved in the field while I was selecting graduate school programs.

What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

Learn time management, pace yourself, and work on as many projects as you can outside of class.

Professional Skills
360 feedback, consumer psychology, employee motivation, job satisfaction, organizational assessment, performance management, stress, team building, work/life balance, workplace psychology