Kristen Kirkland

Scaling for Growth, Head of Operations

Kristen Kirkland is a key driving force behind the infrastructure and implementation of Scaling for Growth, RHR’s premier cohort-based leadership program . She is motivated by her ability to create tangible change in the lives of leaders and to radically enhance the way they lead others and support their own mental health. Having worked as chief operating officer of the nonprofit Every Mother Counts for six years, Kristen has experienced firsthand the challenges and pressures that executives face.

Kristen’s PhD in organizational psychology and unparalleled passion for long-distance running enable her to practice exactly what she believes in—mental health and fitness as vital elements of a busy executive lifestyle. At RHR, Kristen weaves this into the way she innovates by creating new leadership development products while also providing outstanding assessment and coaching for leaders from Fortune 50 companies to young startups. She combines this with her unique ability to create structure where it is most vitally needed, a skill that also supports her as an energetic and dedicated mother.

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Education

• The City University of New York (CUNY)’s The Graduate Center

PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

• CUNY’s The Graduate Center

MS, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

• Oglethorpe University

BA, Psychology

Articles & Podcasts

Article

Sommer, K.L., Kirkland, K.L., Newman, S., Estrella, P, & Andreassi, J.L. (2009). Narcissism and cardiovascular reactivity to thoughts of rejection. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(5), 1083–1115.

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Kirkland, K., McMillan, E.L., & Kirkland, K.L. (2005). Use of collateral contacts in child custody evaluations. Journal of Child Custody, 4, 95–109.

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Kirkland, K., Kirkland, K.L., Reaves, R.P. (2004). On the professional use of disciplinary data. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 179–184.

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Kirkland, K. and Kirkland, K.L. (2000). Frequency of child custody evaluation complaints and related disciplinary action: A survey of ASPPB member boards. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 32(2), 171–174.

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Every Mother Counts Part I

We talk with Kristen about how running is integral to the efforts of Every Mother Counts and how the common theme of distance enables runners to connect with the purpose of the organization. This episode is Part I of our conversation with Kristen and be sure to listen to episode 059 for Part II.

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Every Mother Counts Part II

Kristen shares a story about participating in the Hood to Coast Relay with Every Mother Counts. We learn about a number of ways runners can get involved with the organization, including running the New York City Marathon.

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Pregnancy, Parenting and Politics

Jeanne talks with Kristen Kirkland of Every Mother Counts about their dream jobs, how to make working motherhood possible and how Kristen took her passion for improving maternal health and ran with it.

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