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Jay M. Finkelman

Jay M. Finkelman, Professor, Industrial-Organizational Business Psychology Dept. - Human Resource Management

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

401 West A Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (213) 361-6106 Alternate: (213) 615-7267 Email: Website:

Specialty Areas

ADA, Discrimination and EEO, Employment, Human Resources/Organizational Development, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Workplace Investigations, Wrongful and "At Will" Termination


Human Resources, workplace investigations, employment discrimination (gender/age/race/disability), sexual harassment, retaliation, ADA, interactive process, reasonable accommodation, wage & hours, independent contractor status, negligent hiring/retention, wrongful termination, performance evaluation, statistical analysis, ergonomics.


PhD; MBA; Master of Legal Studies (MLS); BA; Licensed Psychologist (CA & NY).


PhD, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, New York University; MBA, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Bernard Baruch School of Business, The City University of New York; Master of Legal Studies, The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law

Current/Previous Positions

Previously: Vice President of Academic Affairs, Department Chair and Professor of Industrial-Organizational and Business Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Professor and System-wide Director of Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Organizational Psychology Division; Senior Vice President & General Manager, Kelly Services (Staffing), Metro Markets Division. Currently, Professor of I-O Business Psychology.

Honors Awards

Award for Excellence in Teaching, The City University of New York, Multiple Faculty Research Awards, The City University of New York; Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology; Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in Business; Delta Sigma Rho – Tau Kappa Alpha Honor Society in Public Speaking & Debate; Founders Day Award, New York University; Service Award as Interim Dean, Alliant International University; Presenter to Defense Research Institute; Demonstration to American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) in San Francisco, 2013; Fellow, American Psychological Association, 2016.

Prof. Affiliations

California Psychological Association, Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists, Fellow Society of Consulting Psychologists, The Industrial Psychology, Consulting Psychology and Engineering Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Society for Human Resources Management.


Over 125 publications, mostly in top tier refereed journals and five books. Special Issue Editor, Legal and forensic issues in management, The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 2005; The Psychologist manager: Success models for psychologists in executive positions. Hogrefe Publishing (2013); How to protect the intellectual property of I-O and consulting psychology interventions and gain a competitive advantage: secrecy, copyright, and patent eligibility through empirical components. Consulting Psychology Journal, 66 (2), 2014; Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: The dysfunctional side of diversity. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. Vol 59(4), 2007; “Forensic Organizational Psychology – The Role of Psychologists in Litigation Support”, American Psychological Association, 2022.

Prior Expert Experience

Dr. Finkelman served as a senior manager, consultant and expert witness in employment, staffing and human resources management for over three decades and conducted numerous investigations. He had hundreds of retentions and depositions and testified at trial, as an expert in employment practices, 65 times, equally for plaintiffs and defendants.

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