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Helen Chung

Helen Chung

Assistant Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Email: helenchung@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2629
Office: Marston 118


Education: Education: BA, Kalamazoo College, 1995; MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 1998; MA, Seattle Pacific University, 2015, PhD, Seattle Pacific University, 2018. At SPU since 2016.

Dr. Helen Chung is an industrial-organizational psychologist with broad scholarship interests in narrative and storytelling, leadership, and spirituality and faith in work. She is passionate about examining the narratives that animate people in their work, leadership models and practices that foster inclusive communities, and the role of organizations in developing just ecosystems for individual and collective flourishing. She teaches courses in organizational behavior, motivation, leadership and teams, and history and systems of psychology.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Chung is co-founder and principal of Pathways Coaching and Consulting. Prior to her appointment in the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, Dr. Chung held the role of assistant professor of Management in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at SPU.


Selected Publications:

Yost, P.R., Terrill, J., & Chung, H. H. (2019). An economy of abundance: Human potential in organizational and academic life. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 21(7): 182-200.

Yost, P. R., Yoder, M. P., Chung, H. H., & Voetmann, K. R. (2015). Narratives at work: Story arcs, themes, voice, and lessons that shape organizational life. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 67, 163-188.

Chung, H. H., Voetmann, K. R., & Yoder, M. P. (2019). Metaleptic moments in organizational life. Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, Vol. 2019(1), 1585-1590. doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2019.279

See Dr. Chung’s CV for more information.

Why I Teach at SPU

“As a teacher-scholar and leadership coach, I feel called to cultivate a sense of community in the classroom, where students of diverse backgrounds and experiences can come together to learn from each other. Discovery happens in the conversational space where curiosity, personal vulnerability, and lived experience dynamically intersect.”