Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1990; M.B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1992; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 1998. At SPU since 2000.


Specialty: Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Areas of Scholarship: Leadership differentiation, executive selection and development, managerial paradox, organizational culture, work-site health promotion
Areas of Teaching: Organization Behavior, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Organizational Development, and Group Dynamics.

2014-2015 Research Vertical Team Description

Curriculum Vitae: CV Document (PDF)
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Dr. McKenna is the Chair of the Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Over the last several years, he has worked as an organizational development consultant to a variety of large and small organizations in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching and organizational change. While his clients have included both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Foster Farms, the United Way, and a variety of church denominations and universities. His primary focus has been on helping leaders in times of adversity and significant personal challenge. Dr. McKenna’s most recent publications include a chapter on E-executive effectiveness that highlights the priorities for executive leaders in the high tech economy in a book titled The 21st Century Executive: Innovative Practices for Building Leaders at the Top, and a publication in Organizational Dynamics titled “The Differentiated Leader: Specific Strategies for Handing Today’s Adverse Situations”.  His book, "Dying to Lead:  Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World" is a personal challenge to leaders to not only consider how they lead, but also why they lead....MORE about Dr McKenna

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