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Dr. Becky Reichard (CGU)

Becky Reichard

Becky Reichard is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University where she runs the LeAD research lab. She earned her doctorate in Management from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational psychology from Missouri State University, and a B.S. in psychology from Missouri Western State University where she was also inducted into the 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame for her NCAA D-II All-American career playing women’s basketball. Becky is an active member of the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is the chair-elect of the scholarship group for the International Leadership Association. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and Leadership Quarterly. To date, Dr. Reichard has received $225k in grants and contracts at CGU, and recently conducted work at the University of Cape Town (click here to read more).


Dr. Reichard’s research focuses on leadership evaluation, assessment, and development and is characterized by research rigor and impact, application, and collaboration. Becky has published 25 journal articles and book chapters on these applied research topics including six with student co-authors. Her work has been published in top journals including The Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Consulting Psychology Journal, and Journal of Positive Psychology to just name a few. Working with the LeAD research lab, Dr. Reichard is currently examining the following research questions:

  1. How well are current organizational interventions aimed at developing leaders working? What are the characteristics of effective leader development interventions?
  2. What motivates individuals to improve their leadership? What makes one developmentally ready?
  3. What are the influential early life experiences that result in adult leader emergence and effectiveness?
  4. Based on extant knowledge of leader development theory and research, what are some effective leader development strategies that LeAD can contribute to organizations that need them the most?

For more information on the LeAD research lab, please visit the website.


Dr. Reichard’s courses focus on two major learning goals: (1) mastery of the theory and research in the domain of study and (2) an ability to apply that theory and research to a real-world problem. Dr. Reichard has taught introductory psychology, organizational psychology, industrial psychology, motivation and peak performance, mentoring, leadership seminar, practical meta-analysis, and gender issues in the workplace. At CGU, she is teaching the following courses:

  • Directed research

  • Positive Organizational Psych

  • Positive leadership

  • Training and Development

  • Leader development

  • Job design

  • Leadership assessment

  • Organizational Behavior

Applied Work

Dr. Reichard has conducted applied research in a variety of public and private sector organizations in the area of leadership evaluation, assessment, and development. As part of this applied work, Dr. Reichard has designed and implemented leadership assessments including developmental assessment centers, designed and facilitated leadership workshops both in-person and online, evaluating leadership programs, and conducted observations, interviews, and focus groups. The following are some of the organizations where Dr. Reichard has conducted applied work:

  • Research-based consultancies including LeAD Labs and ICF International formerly Caliber Associates
  • Undergraduate leadership programs including the Soaring with Eagles Foundation, Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies, Kravis Leadership Institute, National Leadership Symposium
  • Military leadership development at Army Research Institute Leader Development Research Unit
  • Non-profit organizations: Advancement Project, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Bright Prospect, Childshare, City of Claremont, Claremont Community Foundation, Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont University Consortium, County of Riverside, David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, Exceed, Family Service Association of Redlands, Getty Leadership Institute, Hope House, House of Ruth, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Inland Valley Humane Society, LA Care, MOCA, OPARC, Pomona Valley Workshop, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Reach Out, Salem Christian Homes, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center, SBC Global, Shoes that fit, Skirball Cultural Center, Trinity Youth Services, and the U.S. Army Reserve, Village Network Africa
  • For-profit organizations: Bovitz, GDL Imports, Three Solve, Valspar, Volt Boats

For more information on leader development opportunities for you or your organization, please visit the website.