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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 Jackson Healthcare as Senior Vice President, Talent & Development. In this role he provides executive leadership and direction in the development and delivery of strategies and solutions that drive performance, acquire and retain talent, ensure successful execution of strategic objectives, and shape the overall culture for various Jackson Healthcare companies. He leads delivery in the areas of: talent management/acquisition, learning & development, performance management, organizational development, change management, job & compensation analysis, and diversity & inclusion.

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 has also served as an adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Georgia (from 2008-2015). He is a published diversity researcher, and 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, was reported in various newspapers and media outlets across the US (and United Kingdom), and received an initial inquiry from an executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Focusing in the area of workplace diversity, Dr. Harrison has authored a chapter for a general psychology textbook, as well as a number of other books. Additionally, he has authored 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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