Organization Development and Leadership

Joanne Broder Sumerson, Ph.D.

Affiliate Faculty 
Organization Development and Leadership


Dr. Broder Sumerson has been an Affiliate Professor at Saint Joseph’s University since 2003.  She is a research psychologist who specializes in research in organization development.  Dr. Broder Sumerson is very passionate and committed to bridging the gap between research and practice.  She consults a variety of public and private organizations in research and evaluation, as well as group process.  Through the use of relevant data, she helps individuals, groups, and organizations reach their maximum potential.  

Through her nearly 20 year career in psychology, Dr. Broder Sumerson has worked as a prison counselor, human resource manager, corporate trainer, research and evaluation specialist, IRB Chair, and practicum supervisor.  Between her diverse experiences as a practitioner and a professor, she helps students create research projects with passion, rigor, integrity, creativity, and energy. 

Her research interests include team dynamics, emotional intelligence, popular media culture, motivation, personality, and best practices in research and consulting processes.  She has published and is involved in several different projects within those content areas.  She also enjoys mentoring students.

Dr. Broder Sumerson earned her Ph.D. in Education Psychology and M.Ed. in Adult and Organization Development from Temple University. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Monmouth University.  She is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association, which she serves on the executive board for the Division of Media Psychology.  Her blog Research Notes for Psychology Today magazine is aimed at best practices in research processes.