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Matthew Harrison

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Part-time Clinical Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Master's Program

Matthew S. Harrison, PhD currently works at Cox Automotive as Vice President of Talent, Learning & Culture. In this role he focuses on leading the design, development and deployment of innovative ways to enhance and improve team member performance--creating a sustaining culture focused on delivering results through passion, collaboration and performance and inclusion. He leads delivery in the areas of: talent and performance management, succession planning, learning & development, change management, organizational development & design, employee analytics and diversity, equity & inclusion.

Most recently, Dr. Harrison served as Senior Vice President of Talent & Development and DEI at Jackson Healthcare where he provided executive leadership and direction in the establishment and execution of strategies and solutions that drove performance, acquired and retained talent, developed employees and leaders, and shaped the overall culture for various Jackson Healthcare companies.  Previously, Dr. Harrison served in leadership roles at Manheim, McKesson, The Weather Channel, and Comcast focusing on talent management/acquisition, learning & development, organizational effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, and HR business partner work.

Dr. Harrison also currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at The University of Georgia, and is CEO of EPIQ Consulting, Inc.—a Black-owned consultancy that specializes in providing workplace diversity, equity and inclusion advisory services to businesses.

A published diversity researcher, Dr. Harrison is renowned for his research on the topic of colorism. His master’s thesis received wide publicity—being featured on websites such as CNN, CNBC, ABC News, and was reported in various newspapers and media outlets across the U.S. (and the United Kingdom).

Focusing in the area of workplace diversity, Dr. Harrison has authored a number of book chapters—including a general psychology textbook. Additionally, he has penned several academic journal articles. He currently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for I/O Psychologists, Academy of Management, and sits on a few local boards in the Atlanta area.

Most recently, Dr. Harrison was recognized as one of Emory University's Distinguished 40 Under 40 Alumni and was listed as an "Influencer" by The Atlanta Tribune magazine. He has also received Diversity Leadership Awards from the National Diversity Council and the Technology Association of Georgia, and was named a "Man of Influence" by the National Urban League.

Dr. Harrison is a graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and The University of Georgia (M.S. & Ph.D.).

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