Organization Development and Leadership

Thomas Tavantzis, Ed.D.

Affiliate Faculty 
Organization Development and Leadership


Dr. Tavantzis is a licensed psychologist who specializes in people development. His areas of expertise include: applying scientific assessments in organizations, creating strategic success competencies models, career development, leadership development, talent management and succession planning, team dynamics, and executive coaching. He excels at blending the art and science of psychology into practice.

Tom is President of Innovative Management Development (IMD) PC, a career, leadership and team consulting practice he co-founded in 1986. IMD works with both corporations as well as adults from ages 18-60 in developing their career vision. In 1995, he developed and served as Director of Organizational Psychology and Leadership programs at Saint Joseph's University. In addition, he served (1999-2007) as Associate Director and Director of Research for Saint Joseph's University's Early Responders Distance Learning Center. Under his leadership, multidisciplinary teams created innovative, psychologically based counter-terrorism e-courses for our nation’s early Responders. In 2000 he created and then directed the Organizational Psychology and Development concentration for the Training and Development Program. In 2008-2009, he served as Interim Director of the Training and Development. Saint Joseph's University awarded him an outstanding teaching award in 2002.

Tom’s practical psychological experience, of more than twenty-eight years includes; executive and leadership roles in non-profits, faculty positions in several American and Greek universities, and for the past fifteen years, a leadership and team development consultant, workshop leader and executive coach to leaders of nationwide and global companies.Throughout his career, Dr. Tavantis published professional articles, contributed book chapters, and produced training videos.  Dr. Tavantzis co-edited, Don't Waste Your Talent (2005, 2nd edition), a groundbreaking, strength-based methodology to personal and career development.