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Faculty Profile: Gerard J Donnellan

Gerard J Donnellan

Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School

Organizational behavior, leadership development, executive coaching.
Development of senior teams.
The Family Business

Gerard J. Donnellan, PhD is an organizational consulting psychologist with deep experience working with individuals and organizations. He is cofounder of BIG LEAP, a company which utilizes innovative approaches for organization development

Since receiving his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1977, and subsequently completing training as a psychoanalyst, he has consulted with a variety of organizations, from global corporations to family-owned firms and non-profits. As a family business consultant, for example, he works with the senior leadership, family members and the Board on succession planning, leadership development and issues at the intersection of the family and the business.

Clients include State Street Corp, Advent International, Cisco Systems/Webline, SpaceWorks, Genesis Consolidated Services and Boston College, where he has provided executive coaching, assessment and team development for senior leaders and teams. Prior to BIG LEAP, he was principal with Applied Behavioral Science, providing assessment and HR consulting to business units within Fidelity Investments (FIIS) and John Hancock Financial Services.

The Founding Director of the Institute for Organizational Consulting Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), Boston, he is senior advisor and master coach supervisor in the Graduate Executive Coaching Certificate Program.

His publications include book chapters and articles in scholarly professional journals; he has held teaching faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, and local business, HR and psychology organizations. A licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, he is past-president, New England Society for Applied Psychology (NESAP), New England’s largest organization of business and organizational psychologists. He was awarded the Certificate in Family Business Advising by the Family Firm Institute (FFI) a global organization of family business advisors, is on the faculty of the FFI certificate program and is a frequent presenter at FFI conferences. He is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council.

California School Of Professional Psychology, Ph.D.