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Stuart Sidle, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Dr. Stuart Sidle is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and Director of the Graduate Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at the University of New Haven.  For the past year Stuart has temporarily stepped out of his role as Chair of the Department of Psychology to serve as Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and then as  Director of Special Projects for the Provost.  

Before joining UNH, Stuart held full-time faculty appointments at DePaul University's College of Commerce and at Saint Xavier University's Department of Psychology.  He is proud to have won awards for excellence in teaching at all three universities.  And in 2009 he was recognized by Business New Haven and presented with their “Rising Star Award” for his contributions to the city’s business community.  In addition, to presenting his ideas and research on workplace issues such as job stress, work satisfaction, employee surveys, change management and leadership development at a wide variety of companies and conferences, he has published in such journals as the Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Perspectives, Organizational Research Methods, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology. 

Based on his experience as a consultant to dozens of organizational leaders and on his research on leadership-subordinate relations, motivation and job stress, he is frequently quoted in the news media.  Over the past three years, he has been quoted in more than 75 newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared as a guest on a number of radio programs.  In addition, Stuart is the immediate Past President of The Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven.

Stuart Sidle was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.  Lacking the talent to become a rock star or the athletic ability to become a professional baseball player, he decided to move to Chicago to pursue the rewarding field of industrial/organizational psychology. While earning his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology in Chicago, he was simultaneously studying and performing with several improvisational theater troops. He learned that the skills needed to succeed as an improv troop are similar to the ones organizational leaders need to manage teams and to inspire workplace innovation. Many of the exercises he uses when training managers or teaching MBA students are a blend of techniques used to develop improvisational theater teams and classic organizational development interventions.

When not at work, he is usually spending time with his wife and two growing boys. Yet, as a good psychologist, he confesses to at least two obsessions – as a political news junkie and as a connoisseur of excellent pizza. After painstaking research into the latter domain, he reports being thoroughly impressed with New Haven’s pizza.


PhD, I/O Psychology – Chicago 
BA, Psychology/Journalism, American University

Areas of Expertise:

Strategic Planning
Leadership Development
Coaching Around 360 Feedback
Employee Surveys
Change Management
Job Stress