Shawn Ireland, Ed.D. 
Program Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology 

Shawn Ireland, Ed.D.
Program Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology 

Shawn Ireland, Ed.D.
Program Director, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Fostering environments that support exploring and challenging taken-for-granted or uncritically assimilated assumptions and values is the key to educating adults. This supports being curious about ideas, values and beliefs and provides for a more robust and complete examination of the theories, models and practices in the field of organizational psychology.

A main goal with an Adler graduate education is developing communities of practice in the field of organizational psychology that value socially responsible practice as a core to delivery. The cohort model inherent in the Masters degrees in organizational psychology is a key building block to developing these communities.

Adler University students choose our graduate programs as an extension of their values in beliefs in social justice and fostering change in organizations. I value the opportunity to participate in this journey with them.


  • Ed.D., Adult Learning and Org Behaviour Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Adult Education Teachers College Columbia University
  • M.S., Group and Clinical Psychology, Hahnemann University

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Association of Business Psychologists (UK)
  • Organisation Development Network
  • American Group Psychotherapy Society
  • National Association for Counselling and Development

Select Publications

  • “Better Business Strategy: Using the Balanced Scorecard in Strategy Implementation” Industry Insights, Institute of Chartered Accountant of British Columbia newsletter. August 2011
  • “Critically Balanced Thinking for Managers and Leaders”, Training Journal Magazine, November 2010.
  • IFRAME: A Manager’s Guide to Critically Balanced Thinking, Shawn Ireland and Lorne Kelton. ISBN978-0-9812456-0-7 IFRAME publishing, 2009.
  • “Managing Virtual Teams”, People Management: Challenges and Opportunities, Rees, David and McBain Richard (ed), New York: PalgraveMacMillan, 2004
  • “Furthering Practice in Adult Education: Critical Self Reflection in Parent Education”, Unpublished dissertation, Columbia University, Teachers College, 1992.
  • “Utilising Critical Self-Reflection in Performance Management”, Association of Training Professionals, Business Journal, 1991.

Professional and Academic Positions of Note

  • Managing Director- International Practice Leader, HRCgroup, Inc.
  • International Organisation Development Practice Leader, Strategic Management Group, Inc.
  • HRC Group, Inc. Co-founder and Partner