Adjunct Professor, Doctoral Faculty  Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Adjunct Professor, Doctoral Faculty
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Rob Silzer

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Dr. Rob Silzer is Managing Director of HR Assessment and Development, Inc. and Doctoral Faculty in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Baruch, Graduate Center, CUNY.  He has consulted with business leaders in over 150 organizations, focusing on executive/leadership assessment, identification, selection, coaching and development; high potential talent; and strategic talent management.  He currently serves as SIOP Practice Officer.  Rob was awarded the 2015 SIOP Distinguished Professional Contributions Award and the 2016 International Award for Excellence in Consultation by the Society of Consulting Psychology (APA Div. 13).  He has been elected a Fellow of SIOP, APA, APS, and SCP (Div. 13).  He has served on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology, IO Psychology Journal, Organizational Dynamics and TIP, and has delivered 20 professional workshops at SIOP, APA, and Metro-New York.  Rob originated the first SIOP Leading Edge Consortium and is Co-Chair for the 2018 LEC on High Potential Leadership Talent.  He has authored 16 book chapters and has four books in the SIOP Professional Practice Book Series, including Strategy-Driven Talent Management, The 21st Century Executive, Individual Psychological Assessment and Practice of Organizational Psychology (in development).    He actively pursues adventure travel around the world including high altitude mountain trekking, and lives in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City.

Representative Publications:

Silzer, R. F., & Borman, W. C. (2017). The potential for leadership (Chapter 5).   In D. G. Collings, K. Mellahi, & W. F. Cascio (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Talent Management. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Pp 87-114.

Silzer, R.F.  (2016). Leadership – New Directions / Paradigms for Identifying & Developing Leaders. Distinguished Professional Contributions Award talk at the Annual Conference of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, Ca.  

Church, A.H. & Silzer, R.F. (2014). Going Behind the Corporate Curtain with a Blue Print for Leadership Potential: An Integrated Framework for Identifying High-Potential Talent.  People and Strategy Journal, December, 2014, 36(4), (pp 51-58).

Silzer, R. F. & Dowell, B. E. (Eds.).  (2010).  Strategy – Driven Talent Management: A Leadership Imperative.  Jossey Bass: San Francisco, California.

Silzer, R., & Church, A. H. (2009). The pearls and perils of identifying potential. Industrial and Organizational Psychology Journal: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2(4), 377-412.