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 2013-2014 Executive Board was the first leadership team for GOHWP since the organisation adopted by-laws and a leadership structure. You can click on any name to learn more about that individual at the time that they were in their leadership position.



McWha-photoChair – Ishbel McWha (UK)

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

Bio: As a faculty member at Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute, Ishbel researched issues relating to workplace discrimination and intergroup relations, both within the US and internationally. Her previous work at the Poverty Research Group at Massey University, NZ, focused on the application of I/O psychology to the international aid and development arena. In particular she has studied the importance of relationships between local and foreign aid workers, and the impact of disparate salaries on those relationships, ultimately informing the success of capacity development and aid initiatives.

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 focus broadly on quality of work life issues, such as overqualification, underemployment, career development, and marginalization. He is also interested in game design for education, employment, 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.

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.

Hoffman-photo2Executive Board Member – Ashley Hoffman (North Carolina State University, USA)

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.

Kirkland-photoExecutive Board Member – Kristen Kirkland (Every Mother Counts, USA)

Bio: Kristen is the HR Director for Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilisation campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Her current areas of work include management of selection processes, new hire orientation, performance management, compensation and benefits, strategic staffing planning, talent management, HR legal requirements, termination processes, and the planning and facilitating of strategy meetings. In addition, Kristen manages the Every Mother Counts’ fundraising efforts through marathons and other running events. Kristen’s prior work included the management of various leadership development and talent management processes at Southern Poverty Law Center, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, and JPMorgan Chase. She has also consulted for numerous other organisations across different industries, specialising in customised structured selection processes, onboarding programmes, competency models, talent management processes, and facilitation of strategy-setting meetings. Kristen obtained a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University, USA, and a Master’s degree and PhD in Industrial Organisational Psychology from Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.

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.

Gloss-photo Student Representative – Alexander Gloss (North Carolina State University)

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

Bio: Alex is a doctoral student at North Carolina State University (NC State) in the United States, where he studies industrial-organisational psychology and specialises in humanitarian work psychology. At NC State, Alex is a member of Dr. Lori Foster Thompson’s IOTech4D Lab (, which focuses upon the intersection of work, psychology, technology, and global development. Before starting his doctoral work, Alex interned with Massey University’s Poverty Research Group in New Zealand. While there, he worked with Dr. Stuart Carr and other founding members of the Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology to help promote and develop the field of humanitarian work psychology as the group’s Coordinator for Capacity Building. Alex was originally drawn to the field following his service in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of South Africa.