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David Ballard
Works at American Psychological Association
Attended Widener University, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
Lives in Washington, DC
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Senior non-profit executive with a focus on initiatives that promote employee well-being and organizational excellence.
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As a senior non-profit executive for the past nine years, my focus has been on workplace initiatives that promote employee well-being and organizational excellence.

As the American Psychological Association's assistant executive director for organizational excellence, I am responsible for providing leadership, direction, evaluation and management for all activities related to APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. 

Through my extensive experience directing the American Psychological Association’s healthy workplace program, a national initiative designed to enhance employee and organizational functioning, I have been responsible for the strategic development of the program, as well as design of theoretical and research models, evaluation and selection processes, assessment instruments and national award criteria.

I have in-depth knowledge of areas including:

  • health promotion and wellness initiatives
  • talent management, training and development
  • work-life resources and flexible work arrangements
  • employee involvement efforts
  • reward and recognition mechanisms

I have provided research and consultation services to employer groups, government agencies, medical schools, and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention, and health care finance and have experience in management, marketing, and consumer research.

My emphasis is:

  1. Creating significant and sustainable behavior change through the integration of behavioral science, marketing and communication; and
  2. Promoting and supporting a healthy organizational culture where employees and the organization can thrive.

I am currently on the Boards of Directors of the Health Enhancement Research Organization and The Health Project / C. Everett Koop National Health Awards and am a member of the external advisory board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. I previously served on workplace advisory bodies for the National Business Group on Health and Partnership for Prevention.

I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and my MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University, where I completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.

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Organizational and consulting psychology, workplace health and wellness, employee involvement, training and development, work-life issues, employee recognition, communication, marketing and business development, health care administration, professional practice issues in psychology, and public speaking.

Education
  • Widener University, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
    Doctorate in clinical psychology with concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology
  • Widener University
    MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration
  • University of Houston
    BA in psychology with minor in journalism
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In the workplace, psychological well-being matters! The +American Psychological Association's +APA Center for Organizational Excellence is featured in the ‪#‎EmployeeBenefits‬ supplement in this weekend's issue of +USA TODAY. Pick up a copy on the newsstand, or check out the digital edition below. 
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Work-life efforts typically treat employees' non-work life as a vague and amorphous construct, or focus narrowly on family demands. Since life satisfaction is a key predictor of job performance, it is important to consider the full spectrum of life domains that can influence life satisfaction. Read more from +Matthew Grawitch in this month's issue of the +APA Center for Organizational Excellence's Good Company Newsletter. 
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Honored to have contributed to this article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that addresses the controversy surrounding whether or not wellness programs actually work. You can download the full article on the right side of the page at the link below. 
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Are your employees down with OPP? Impact of Organizational Policies and Practices (OPP) on Workplace Injuries in a Hospital Setting (Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine). Injury rates were lower in units where workers reported higher OPP scores and high social support.
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Just announced! Pre-Conference Session at Work & Well-Being 2014: #Chicago -- Working Effectively as a Flexible Team with +Kyra Cavanaugh from Life Meets Work. #worklife #workflex #teams 
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Why a Quarter of Americans Don’t Trust Their Employers. My conversation with +Harvard Business Review about the +American Psychological Association's 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey results.
They don't feel involved in or recognized by their company.
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Want some "I Love My Job" stickers like this one? Email phwa@apa.org.#TheNakedCowboySoldSeparately #Ilovemyjob
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Yes! Parents, take your kids to the polls. #election2014   #Vote  
Let voting be a family affair, and use it to teach your children about making the world a better place.
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Please Share: DC Employers -- Get Recognized for Creating a Healthy, High-Performing Workplace. Organizations headquartered or located in the District can apply now for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, which recognizes employers for taking steps to create a positive work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.
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Weird +Al Yankovic's new video takes on corporate buzzwords and overplayed whiteboard animation.
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Ever wonder what really makes employees work harder? #autonomy   #management   #worklife  
New research suggests the more you try to dictate how and when employees work, the less they will accomplish.
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Tell your senators that you want to close the gender wage gap! Urge them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act at http://bit.ly/1mXAY1w 
By Roberta Downing, PhD (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office) Have you ever wondered if you’re being discriminated against ...
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