David Katz

Dr. Katz joined Lesley as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences in 2016. He is a licensed psychologist (Illinois) and board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. Prior to joining Lesley he was the Chair of the Psychology Department at Adler University in Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky with an emphasis on neuropsychology and medical behavioral sciences. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katz held program directorship, teaching and clinical research positions at Indiana University and Purdue University - Indianapolis, Alliant International University, and the University of British Columbia. He served in clinical positions both in the U.S. and internationally in diverse clinical settings including a university counseling center, and several hospitals and academic medical centers. Dr. Katz's research and service interests focus on three main areas: neuropsychology of emotion, higher education leadership, and international human rights issues of LGBTQ individuals. During his graduate and post-graduate education his research focused on neuropsychology of emotional processing using MRI techniques. He created two neuropsychological tests related to emotional processing. One is the Emotional Memory Test and the other is the Emotional Facial Recognition Memory Test (EFRMT). Dr. Katz received a grant by the University of British Columbia/Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute to explore the validity of the EFRMT in epilepsy. He is interested in effective leadership of change management in higher education and how to successfully integrate diversity within higher education. International human rights of LGBTQ individuals and transgender psychology is an area of interest to Dr. Katz that was developed while serving as a board member at the LGBTQ center in Vancouver. He is interested in developing models to assist LGBTQ individuals in countries that oppress their human rights, policy and human rights issues of transgender individuals, as well as psychology issues related to wellbeing and identity issues.