Dr. Deborah Natoli


Deborah Natoli, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor (Teaching) and director of the professional doctorate program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her research and practice areas include faculty development and evaluation of teaching, adult learning and development, depth psychology and leadership, and human behavior in organizations. She teaches courses in research methods, human behavior in organizations, and the Ph.D. teaching seminar.

Through the inspiration of Warren Bennis and after collecting life stories through autobiographical interview with people such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Professor Natoli reframed her research to integrate psychodynamic and depth psychology with cognitive and neuroscience to ground a new theory of leadership and framework for moral leadership development.

Dr. Natoli has offered dozens of presentations from Madrid to Brazil and is currently working on a book, How Leaders Think. Deborah is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the USC Gould School of Law. She served on the Provost’s Mentoring Forum, is currently a steering committee member for MindfulUSC as well on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.

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