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


Dr. James M. Dobbs is the Dean of the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to joining the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and Penn State he was a strategic advisor and principal speech writer to the senior Air Force officer in South Korea. He has served in the military for over twenty years and currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of San Diego in leadership studies and a Master in Arts degree in counseling and human services from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His research and writing addresses leadership development and self-awareness, toxic leadership, emotional intelligence, and cynicism. He teaches courses in leadership, ethics, and organizational theory and behavior.

Recent Publications

  • Dobbs, J., Jackson, R., & Lindsay, D (2018).  The Impact of Perceived Leader and Organizational Integrity on Extra-Role Behaviors in a Military Context.  Military Behavior Health.  http://doi.10.1080/21635781.2018.1515132.
  • Raymer, S., Dobbs, J., Kelley, C. & Lindsay, D (2018).  Leadership Education and Development:  Treating Leadership as an Expertise for Deliberate Practice in a Learning Environment.  Journal of Leadership Education, Vol 17, Iss 2:  138-148.  http://doi: 10.12806/V17/I2/A5.
  • Dobbs, J., Bakken R., & Guarcello, M.A. (2017). How Hard Data Informs Soft Skills: The Impact of Technology and Leadership Development in a Digital World. In Daniel Watola and Allister MacIntyre (Eds.), The Impact of Technology on Leadership. Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, pp. 1-15.
  • Kelley, C., Dobbs, J., Lucas, J., & Lovaglia, M. J. (2017).  Power and Status: The Building Blocks of Effective Leadership. Journal Character & Leadership Integration, 4, 55-76.