Mind Over Matter: The Hidden Influence of Psychology on Wellbeing and Performance


David Ballard presents Putting eality in Health Promotion

David Ballard, PsyD, MBA

Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence, American Psychological Association

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Mystery…Suspense…Shocking plot twists…In every organization, unseen factors lurk beneath the surface. In the shadows, just out of view, these aspects of your organization’s culture have the potential to turn your workplace practices into either a heartwarming feel-good hit, or a fright fest of program failures. From issues including organizational justice, climate, and trust to theories of leadership and how the exchange between managers and employees affects organizational outcomes, psychology is the flashlight that illuminates the darkness and gives you a glimpse of what’s hiding under the bed or peering out from behind the closet door. In this session, participants will review psychology research linked to wellbeing and performance, explore data from the American Psychological Association’s 2017 survey of the U.S. workforce, and solve “cold cases” of workplace wellness gone wrong. Those who survive will return to their organizations better prepared to identify and address often-overlooked influencers that help produce the best outcomes.

Presenter Bio(s):

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, is Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence at the American Psychological Association (APA). In that capacity, he is responsible for leadership, direction, evaluation, and management of all activities related to APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which includes the association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. Dr. Ballard has provided research, consultation, and training to government agencies, corporations, medical schools, and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention, and health care finance. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The Health Project / C. Everett Koop National Health Awards, co-chairs the Work, Stress and Health Conference, an international conference co-sponsored by APA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, and is an external member of NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Healthy Work Design and Well-being Cross-Sector Council. Dr. Ballard received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University, where he completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.