Steve Nguyen, Ph.D., is a Leadership Development Manager & Advisor. He collaborates with senior leaders and top decision-makers on ways to improve human behaviors in the workplace and on how to make people and organizations more effective (e.g., leadership development, change management, training & development, etc.). He is involved in developing and implementing key initiatives, training, and programs to create and sustain a high-performing organization.
While working overseas training educators in crisis intervention, he became fascinated with behaviors in the workplace. That fascination inspired him to make a career shift to industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. I/O Psychology studies people, work behavior, and work settings to understand how behavior is influenced, changed, and enhanced to benefit both employees & organizations.
Born in Vietnam, he and his family escaped the war-torn, Communist-controlled country, becoming part of the 1.5 million “boat people” who left (between the mid 1970’s through the 1990’s) after the fall of Saigon to Communism. Their journey and their stories recount one of the largest mass exodus of people by boat in history.
By the grace of God, they were rescued and brought into a refugee camp on an Indonesian island called Galang. After spending 11 months there, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Nguyen and his family’s escape from Vietnam, their refugee experience, and life in the United States provided valuable lessons about courage, determination, resilience, hope, gratitude, and faith.
He is certified in a number of methodologies and assessments including: Prosci Change Management Certified, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360 (LEA 360) Certified, DISC Certified, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified, and Hardiness Resilience Gauge (HRG) Certified.
Dr. Nguyen has a bachelor’s in philosophy, a master’s in counseling psychology, and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. His interests include leadership development, training, learning & development, organizational development, change management, talent management, and industrial and organizational psychology.
As the owner and creator of WorkplacePsychology.Net, a blog about people and behaviors in the workplace, he’s been quoted in Fast Company, The Guardian, Monster’s Career Advice, and BBC Capital. WorkplacePsychology.Net has been linked to by respected online media, including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com, CNBC.com, LinkedIn Talent Blog, Nasdaq.com, Inc.com, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Nguyen lives in Richardson, Texas with his wife and precocious little daughter. When not chasing his half-Godzilla daughter around town, he enjoys spending his quiet time reading books, listening to audiobooks, and writing on his blog.
Work Portfolio: stevenguyenphd.net/work-portfolio