Leeds School of Business

University of Colorado Boulder

Lauren J. Ramsay

Instructor • Management & Entrepreneurship

Lauren J. Ramsay, Ph.D., serves as a teaching faculty member in Management and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. An industrial/organizational psychologist and scientist-practitioner, Dr. Ramsay has served on the faculty at Michigan State University, San José State University, and the University of Colorado Denver. Her research has been published in the international arena, and she has been recognized as a master teacher. Dr. Ramsay has served as the Faculty Director for the Leeds Residential Academic Program, an academic, professional, and community accelerator experience for first-year students at Leeds. 

Dr. Ramsay’s research interests lie in organizational behavior and human resource management, and her work is guided by her commitment to improving social justice. From a broad perspective her research addresses issues of justice, diversity, and selection in the global workplace. More specifically, her interests are in reactions to work-related policies and processes that have consequences for individuals, organizations, and society; the appropriateness of workplace measures for use across race, gender and cultural groups; and valid and reliable selection processes that are useful predictors of performance in different contexts.

Dr. Ramsay’s publication record includes papers in Journal of Applied PsychologyInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment, and Organizational Research Methods, among other outlets. She has conducted more than 20 peer-reviewed paper presentations at professional conferences and produced an array of applied research reports for clients.

Dr. Ramsay is the founder and principal of Understanding Work, a human resource management consulting firm that takes a scientist-practitioner approach to solving organizational problems. Dr. Ramsay combines advanced technical knowledge, industry experience, and teaching skill, to work collaboratively with organizations to solve organizational problems. Her focal areas are organizational research, analytics, and training and development programs. 

Dr. Ramsay earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Michigan State University. She also holds an M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Puget Sound. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (2010-2014) and has worked in industry in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Her early career in industry includes experience with Thomson Financial in the UK, and Magellan Behavioral Health in the US.

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