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Steve Nguyen, Ph.D., is a Leadership Development Advisor. A professional with a unique blend of organizational understanding and psychological insight, he advises senior leaders on ways to make people and organizations more effective and is involved in developing and implementing key initiatives, training, and programs to create and sustain a high-performing organization.

While working abroad training professionals in crisis intervention, he developed an interest in workplace behaviors. The fascination about behaviors in the workplace inspired him to make a career shift to industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology, the application of psychological principles and theories to the workplace. Today, Dr. Nguyen advises top decision-makers about human behaviors in the workplace (e.g., leadership development, high-potentials, succession planning, change management, training & development, etc.).

Born in Vietnam, he and his family escaped the war-torn, Communist-controlled country, becoming part of the 1.5 million “boat people” who left (between the mid-1970’s through the 1990’s) after the fall of Saigon to Communism. Their journey and their stories recount one of the largest mass exodus of people by boat in history.

As he recalled,

“In the early morning hours of spring 1979, with borrowed money and falsified documents to ensure our escape, my family and I (I was 8 years old at the time) joined countless other “boat people” and got onto a small vessel in search of a better life. Three days and four nights later, after outrunning Thai pirates and discarding two dead bodies, we found ourselves helpless and stranded at sea with little food and water remaining.”

By the grace of God, they were rescued and brought into a refugee camp on an Indonesian island called Galang. After spending 11 months there, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Nguyen’s refugee experience was an invaluable lesson in courage and determination, while his life in the United States afforded him hope, taught him gratitude, and instilled in him an entrepreneurial spirit.

Dr. Nguyen is a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, DISC Certified Practitioner, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner, and Hardiness Resilience Gauge (HRG) Certified.

Dr. Nguyen has a bachelor’s in philosophy, a master’s in counseling psychology, and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. He is a member of the Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM). His interests include leadership development, training/learning & development, organizational development, change management, talent management, and industrial and organizational psychology.

Dr. Nguyen is the owner and creator of WorkplacePsychology.Net, a blog about people and behaviors in the workplace. He’s been quoted in Fast Company, The GuardianBBC Capital, and Monster’s Career Advice. WorkplacePsychology.Net has been linked to by respected online media, including Harvard Business Review, Forbes,, LinkedIn Talent Blog,, Nasdaq.comThe New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and, the official website for New York Magazine.

Dr. Nguyen lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and precocious little daughter. When not chasing his half-Godzilla daughter around town, he enjoys spending his quiet time reading books and writing on his blog.


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