Student Profile - School of Behavioral and Health Sciences - John Golden

John Golden, a Northcentral doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational psychology program, recently had two proposals accepted by peer-reviewed professional conferences. He will be presenting at the 35th Annual International Congress on Assessment Center Methods in Singapore to highlight how he and his company (Bank of America) integrated a virtual readiness assessment center in their executive level leadership development program to:

• Efficiently and cost-effectively assess high potential talent against critical leadership imperatives
• Integrate future performance indicators with existing performance information for decision-making, and
• Provide high quality executive coaching, development, and feedback to better equip our high potential talent for future executive roles

John is also presenting this year at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology 25th Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on the topic of "applying six sigma for building world-class talent selection programs." John holds a Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Six Sigma Blackbelt Certification, and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presented numerous times at peer-reviewed professional conferences. He is a Vice President at Bank of America where he leads all talent selection and assessment efforts in the wealth management and corporate banking businesses.

Residence: Tampa, FL

Northcentral Student since: January 2010

Program/specialization: Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Why Northcentral? Northcental provides enormous resources and support for a Student success. The instructors are super responsive and provide the right level of guidance for Students to self-manage their education. I enjoy the flexibility and independence since I work as a full-time professional at a Fortune 50 organization and raise a family.

Future goals and how Northcentral is helping you meet these: After I receive a Doctorate, I would like to continue working as a full-time practitioner, but eventually near retirement become a part-time independent contracting consultant and university academic instructor.

Tip for Northcentral Students: Take advantage of all the resources available at your fingertips. Northcentral’s library is exceptional! Ensure to have ongoing dialogue with your instructor and other students in the program. If you are a doctoral Student, be involved by conducting outside research by leveraging the work that you currently do in your organization and by presenting or publishing this work at professional conferences or peer-reviewed journals.