Alyssa Westring, Director of Research

Alyssa Westring has been working with Total Leadership since her days as a graduate student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University. What initially began as a summer research project with Stew Friedman has turned into a decade-long collaboration with the Total Leadership team.  Now an Associate Professor of Management at DePaul University in Chicago, Alyssa continues to research, coach, consult, teach and write about the impact of the Total Leadership program and about other topics related to the integration of work and life.

As the Director of Research for Total Leadership, Alyssa has helped create some of the Total Leadership instruments. She brings her expertise to evaluating the impact of Total Leadership on clients, program participants, and stakeholders.  Findings from this research are used both for continuous program improvement and for sharing our findings with broader audiences. She has co-authored a number of articles and chapters with Stew, including A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Success of Women Assistant Professors; Empowering Individuals to Integrate Work and Life: Insights for Management Development; Helping Fathers Flourish in All Parts of Their Lives; and Working Dads Need “Me Time” Too.  In addition, Alyssa made significant contributions to the research in Friedman’s books Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life and Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family. Her scholarly writing can be found in Academic Medicine, The Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Management Development and Human Resource Management.  She also writes for the popular press at the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Chronicles of Higher Education blogs. Check out her TedxDePaulUniversity talk, The Secret Life of a Work-Life Insider.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two children, and the family dog.