The Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology is led by an Executive Board consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, six Members, and a Student Representative. The members and the positions they hold are listed below. You can click on any name to learn more about that individual.


View More: – Ashley Hoffman 
(North Carolina State University, USA)

As Chair of GOWHP, Ashley guides and oversees the organisation’s transition and growth.

Bio: Ashley is a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University, where she is studying Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Ashley is a member of the IOTech4D lab, and is particularly interested in the selection and training of humanitarian aid workers.  Ashley is heavily involved in mission work in Haiti, and began her professional interest in the intersection of I/O psychology and humanitarian aid work shortly after a trip there in 2009. Ashley is also interested in providing quality educational opportunities for students to learn about effective and responsible aid, and has taught a course entirely devoted to the topic. She is excited to continue to pursue this goal along with the other members of GOHWP.

Maynard-photoVice Chair – Doug Maynard (State University of New York at New Paltz, USA)

As Vice Chair, Doug assists the Chair in the running of the organisation and manages the website and organisational membership.

Bio: Doug is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He earned my Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1998. His research interests have focused broadly on quality of work life issues, such as overqualification, underemployment, career development, and marginalization. He is currently interested in game design for learning, well-being, and the broader social good. In 2011, he co-edited a book with Daniel Feldman (University of Georgia) entitled Underemployment: Psychological, Economic and Social Challenges. He is currently working on a new book project with Ishbel McWha and Mary O’Neill Berry on humanitarian work psychology efforts with respect to the UN’s Millenium Development Goals.

Executive Board Member – Peter Baguma (Makerere University, Uganda)

Behrend-photoExecutive Board Member – Tara Behrend (George Washington University, USA)

Tara is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her research focuses on the ways that technology can help and hinder a person’s experiences in work and career. She is passionate about ensuring that high-quality education is available to everyone. To that end, her research has focused on promises and pitfalls of learning with technology. Her Workplaces and Virtual Environments Lab ( has published research on a range of topics including technology-supported career search, learning, and job testing. Tara holds M.S. and Ph.D degrees from North Carolina State University, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh; while in Pittsburgh, she began leading global service-learning trips, and has continued to do so for 15 years, working with students in South and Central America, Asia, and Africa.

Carr-photo2Executive Board Member – Stuart C. Carr (Massey University, New Zealand)

Bio: Stuart a Professor of Psychology in Work Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand, coordinates the Poverty Research Group, an international cross-disciplinary network. He co-convened a Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology, and led Project ADDUP, a multi-country DFID/ESRC-funded study of remuneration diversity in emerging economies. Stuart has worked/lived in UK, Malawi, remote Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, and New Zealand/Aotearoa. His books are among the first to examine poverty reduction from work psychology and CSR perspectives. Stuart liaises widely with for- and not-for- profit organisations, and co-edits the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, which has a focus on development.


Meyer-photoExecutive Board Member – Ines Meyer (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Ines is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at the University of Cape Town where she also obtained her Ph.D. From 2005 to 2009 she worked for an NGO involved in strengthening the management capacity of community based organisations in South Africa. There she fulfilled various roles from training facilitator to director. The work sparked her interest in applying organisational psychology principles to assist in poverty reduction. Her research focuses on understanding intergroup relations, particularly discrimination, alienation and inclusion in the workplace. Being introduced to the field of Humanitarian Work Psychology at the International Congress of Psychology in 2012 she is currently setting up a Humanitarian Work Psychology research group at the University of Cape Town.

Berry-photoExecutive Board Member – Mary O’Neill Berry (NGO Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, USA)

Bio: Mary is an organisational psychologist and management consultant specialising in international survey and evaluation research, particularly in the non-profit arena. She obtained her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University. She is an NGO Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and is past Co-Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology. Her current research focuses on the global implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of her recent projects is an evaluation study of a girls’ empowerment programme in Lesotho.

Sywulak-photoExecutive Board Member – Laura Sywulak (Baruch College & CUNY Graduate Center, USA)

Laura is currently earning her Ph.D. in I-O Psychology at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  Her dissertation research focuses on the effects of having influence over others at work. Her other work focuses on gender dynamics in organizations and adverse impact in intelligence tests, with a special interest in non-profit organizations.  She is a consultant at Sirota Consulting, specializing in employee engagement, as well as an adjunct professor within CUNY, teaching courses in Interviewing and Health Psychology. Laura holds a M.S. and a M.Phil. from Baruch College, and a B.S. in Psychology from Temple University.


Mallory-photoStudent Representative – Drew Mallory (Purdue University, Indiana)

Drew works to represent the perspective of students on the Executive Board and assists in meetings and communication with members.

Bio: Drew is a doctoral student of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology at Purdue University (Indiana) in the United States, where he works with Dr. Deborah Rupp. His primary research interests are in the humanitarian applications of work psychology, particularly in multicultural or under-studied environments. Interested in enacting large-scale social change since early in his working career, Drew has spent time working with NGOs in the United States, the Middle East and Asia, where he managed micro through national-level projects on family, community, and culture. Drew is a licensed social worker and holds a masters in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, where he studied technology-delivered interventions for depression. His current research projects are in corporate social responsibility (CSR), leadership, and  pro- and anti-social behaviors.