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Online | Professor, Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Program Director, M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

James D. Halbert, Ph.D.



James Halbert, Ph.D., is the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Adler University. He has a strong background in clinical research, in which most of his focus has been on cardiovascular disease and mental stress. His current research and interest have been to investigate and improve Online Education as it is becoming the more popular choice for higher education.

He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Capella University and completed a clinical research post-doc at the Medical College of Georgia on the Augusta University campus. Dr. Halbert is also the board chairman for Thrive Academy in Augusta, Georgia. He is an expert in research methodology, organizational leadership, employee motivation, faculty development, and spiritual growth.



  • 2020, Post-Doctorate Research Fellow
    Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University
    Augusta, GA
  • 2017, Ph.D., Doctor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
    Capella University
    Minneapolis, MN
  • 2013, M.S., General Psychology
    Kaplan University
    Davenport, IA
  • 2010, B.A., Psychology
    Augusta University
    Augusta, GA
Professional Background

Current Positions

  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Program Director, M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
    Reviewer for the Frank & Marie Kruka Scholar Essays
    Adler University, Chicago, IL
  • Peer-Reviewer
    Journal of Human Hypertension, New York, NY
  • School Board Chairman
    Thrive Academy, Chicago, IL

Former Positions

  • 2022 Interim Director, Department of Student Experience and Academic Advising (DSEAA)
    2019 – 2021 Program Director, M.A. in Military Psychology
    2019 – 2021 Program Director, M.A. in Psychology
    2020 – 2021 Online Faculty Council Chair
    2019 – 2020 Interim Faculty Development Coordinator
    Adler University, Chicago, IL
  • 2018 – 2020 Post-Doctorate Research Fellow / Adjunct Professor
    2012 – 2018 Research Associate
    2010 – 2012 Research Assistant
    2006 – 2010 Research Technician
    Medical College of Georgia/Augusta University, Agusta, GA

Professional Memberships

  • 2020 – present United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • 2020 – present Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
  • 2017 – present American Psychosomatic Society (APS)
  • 2017 – 2019 Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Select Awards and Recognition

  • 2012 – present Psi Chi Honor Society
    Kaplan University, Davenport, IA

Areas of Expertise

  • Testing and Assessment of Children and Adults
  • Social Justice
  • Behavior Crisis Intervention
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  • Disability Awareness, Accessibility & Action
Select Publications & Media

Select Publications

  • Halbert, J., Carter, A., Dennis, M., (2023). Building an Online Community Through Research. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 23(3), 1-6.
  • Halbert, J., Shienko, L., El Moghrabi, H., Flood, M., Giardina, N., Wimsatt, G., Dennis, M., Kapuku, G., & Harshfield, G. (2023). Social Media and Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Organizational Psychology,
  • Dennis, M., Cabrera, M., DiMatteo-Gibson, D., & Halbert, J.D. (2022). Virtual dissertation circles: Student engagement strategies and lessons learned. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, 17 (4).
  • Dennis, M., Gordon, E., DiMatteo-Gibson, D., & Halbert, J.D. (2022). Social Justice Practicum in Non-clinical Online Programs: Engagement Strategies and Lessons Learned. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, 19 (3).
  • Dennis, M. & Halbert, J.D. (2022). Effective online course delivery in correctional settings: A pilot. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 22 (8) 91-99.

In the Media

Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Halbert, J. (2020, July) COVID-19, Is Now the Best Time to Enroll in School? (webinar). Adler University, Chicago, IL.
  • Shienko, L., Bluvshtein, M., Halbert, J. (2020, May) Adlerian-Based Interventions to Workplace Bullying. North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Shienko, L., Halbert, J. (2019, May) Association between Social Media, Online Learning, and Anxiety. APA Division 19 Regional Symposium, Adler University, Chicago, IL.
  • Halbert, J.D., Hughes, K., Bruch, A., Huitt, W., van Tuyll, D., Varghese, G., Harshfield, G., Kapuku, G. (2018, April) Ethnicity and Career Longevity Predict Burnout in Health Care Providers. Virtual Psychology Research Conference (VPRC), Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Halbert, J. (2017, October) Exploring If Inter-Professional Collaboration Can Predict Burnout. Augusta University, Georgia Prevention Institute, Augusta, GA.

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