Debra A. Noumair

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Debra A. Noumair is Associate Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, Dr. Noumair maintains a private practice of organizational consultation and executive coaching.

Debra brings her years of expertise in individual, group, and system dynamics, and culture and climate assessment to her work with organizations. In collaboration with Executive Education at The Columbia Business School, W. Warner Burke Associates/Price Waterhouse Coopers, CDR International, and Leadership Consulting Associates, Debra conducts leadership development programs and executive coaching using multi-rater feedback methods with partners at Arthur Andersen and Merck, and senior executives at Bank of America, The Dime, Ericsson, The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, Levi-Strauss, NASA and attorneys at Avon and the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Jacobson, and Shriver.

In addition to her use of multi-rater feedback methods and organizational surveys, Debra has experience with the MBTI Step II in both its advanced and EIR forms, the Firo-B, all Hogan and CDR International assessments, the Campbell Leadership Index, the Leadership Assessment Inventory (LAI), the Neo-PIR, and assessment tools designed for both public and custom programs. Debra was appointed to the American Psychological Associationís Board of Professional Affairs task force on Executive Coaching in which the mission is to define, develop, implement, and assess executive coaching as an area of practice for psychologists.

Another facet of Debraís work with organizations has developed from having taught group dynamics for over 20 years at Columbia. She consults to groups and organizations on team effectiveness as well as inter-group and inter-organizational relations. Some of her clients include work units at Bank Street College, Friends Seminary, Gay Menís Health Crisis, Columbia School of Public Health, and Vassar College.

As a Professor, Debra focuses on the arena of group and organizational dynamics and the application of systems thinking to individual, team, and organizational performance. She teaches courses on group dynamics, organizational change and consultation, organizational dynamics and theory, and process consultation. Debra is the author of articles and book chapters on group relations and the analysis of diversity issues in groups, organizations, and social systems. She is currently editing a book, Group Relations Reader 3, which brings the theoretical and practical application of group relations concepts to life in teams, organizations, communities, and society.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the A. K. Rice Institute (a non-profit educational institution) for 6 years, Debra was chair of the National Training Committee and along with colleagues developed a competency-based training program for group relations consultants as well as a menu of products that allows group relations knowledge to be accessible to the world at large. Debra has consulted to and directed group relations conferences both locally and nationally and is recognized nationally as a group relations scholar and practitioner. She was recently elected Fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute.

Dr. Noumair received her bachelorís degree from Boston University, and holds her masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Organization Development Network.

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