James Dobbs Ph.D.

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James Dobbs, Ph.D.

James Dobbs Ph.D.

Lecturer in Psychology

(719) 333-3356 jmd67@psu.edu


  1. PhD, University of San Diego, Leadership Studies
  2. MA, University of Colorado, Counseling and Human Services
  3. MA, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautical Science
  4. BBA, University of New Mexico, Business Administration


James Dobbs’ research interests are leadership development and self-awareness, emotional intelligence, cynicism, and systems thinking.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in several related areas: leadership, ethics, and organizational theory and behavior. In addition to his work lecturing at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Dobbs is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force where he serves as an Assistant Professor and Director of Academics in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy.  

Recent Publications:

Bakken, R., & Dobbs, J. (2016).  The Relevance of Four Types of Knowledge for Leader  Preparation in Radically Different Settings:  Reflections on Data from a Case Study in Qatar and Teaching at a United States Military Academy.  Creighton Journal for Interdisciplinary Leadership Vol 2, No 2: 17-23. 

Dobbs, J., & Do, J. (2016).  Toxic Leadership and Cynicism.  In D. Watola and D. Woyscheshin (Eds.), Negative Leadership:  International Perspectives. Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, pp. 119-132.

Reed G., & Dobbs, J. (2015). Military leadership and administrative evil. D. Lindsay and D. Woycheshin (Eds.), Overcoming Leadership Challenges: International Perspectives. Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, pp. 106-119.