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Group Relations and Interpersonal Dynamics (GRID) Lab

The Group Relations and Interpersonal Dynamics (GRID) lab is a research and professional practice lab designed to explore ideas, practices, and collaborations in community mental health, workplace and occupational health, and organizational dynamics among individuals, groups, and teams.

Dr. Linda Barnum

Dr. Linda Barnum received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a specialty in Somatic Psychology. She received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and is especially proud to have a Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. 

Dr. Barnum is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma, and trained in numerous evidence based modalities, including CBT, EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy, DBT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and EEG Neurofeedback.  As the Clinical Director and founder of LifeMindUs, Dr. Barnum also drew upon her training in somatic and body-based therapies, such as yoga and mindfulness, to work with diverse populations. This included addressing issues ranging from severe childhood neglect and trauma, PTSD, gender and sexuality,  mild traumatic brain injuries, and addiction, to the resolution of inter-generational trauma in families.

Her doctoral research into attachment and attachment trauma supports her teaching interests in trauma resolution, developmental neurobiology, and working with couples and families. With over 25 years of experience in the therapeutic field, Dr Barnum has a pragmatic approach that aims to support, instruct, and advise students in the Clinical Mental Health Certificate program.    

Dr. Chad V. Johnson

Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Human Relations and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma-Schusterman Center, where he has worked since 2006. He conducts research for and with nonprofit organizations that promote social justice.

Dr. Johnson's scholarship activities include the following areas: spirituality and psychology, social justice (LGBTQ issues, racial justice), mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, group psychotherapy, and Humanistic-Existential-Transpersonal psychology. He is also a Licensed Psychologist (Health Service Provider) and has a small private practice in Tulsa, OK. His clinical interests include the interface of spirituality and psychology (particularly the interface of sexual orientation and religion and mindfulness meditation), social justice (e.g., sexual orientation, racism and privilege, oppression, and addressing disparities in health and well-being), group psychotherapy, and Humanistic/Existential/Transpersonal studies.

Dr. Jennifer Kisamore

Dr. Jennifer Kisamore is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Graduate Liaison for the Organizational Dynamics program and Associate Dean of the Tulsa Graduate College. She joined the University of Oklahoma in 2003. She completed her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of South Florida.

Her research focuses on workplace issues regarding personality, organizational behavior (OCB, CWB), organizational health (burnout), ethics, meta-analysis, and measurement. Her research typically involves an intersection of at least two of the areas mentioned above.

Dr. Kisamore also contributes to the research process through her service work including serving on the editorial boards and conducting ad hoc reviews for scholarly journals as well as serving on OU's Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Brigitte Steinheider

Dr. Brigitte Steinheider is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa which she joined in 2002 to implement the Organizational Dynamics graduate program. She served as Graduate Liaison from 2003 to 2010, and as its director from 2005 to 2010.

Dr. Steinheider has conducted organizational consulting and training for the Tulsa business community, vocational-technical institutions, and law enforcement agencies throughout Oklahoma and Southwest US.  Her research on shared leadership in police organizations was recognized by both criminal justice researchers and leading police foundations. Prior research addressed the assessment and effects of environmental noise and odors. Dr. Steinheider’s research also focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge sharing processes in organizations and research institutions as well as interprofessional education in health care teams. Other studies include assessment and effects of the organizational climate, organizational behavior and personality, as well as research on using team-based learning and creative learning experiences to improve training and teaching effectiveness.

Brigitte Steinheider received her MS in Psychology in 1990 from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, her MBA in 1992 from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, and her Ph.D. from the Technical University of Dresden in 1996.  Prior to coming to the U.S. in 2002, she was  a Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California at Santa Barbara and a research scientist and project leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany where she worked with clients such as Volkswagen AG, DaimlerChrysler AG and Robert Bosch AG.

Dr. Jody Worley

Dr. Jody A. Worley has been a faculty member in the Human Relations department at the University of Oklahoma since 2006. His primary research interests are in three distinct but related areas: Research methodology, organizational behavior/work-related issues (e.g., work-life integration, workplace diversity, and occupational burnout), and community psychology (e.g., quality of life issues for children and minorities).

Dr. Worley is currently working in collaboration with the Family Safety Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to better understand polyvictimization among survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. His other funded research projects involve working with non-profit human service organizations and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to better understand and address issues of foster care placement disruptions.