What is it about?

This article describes the unconventional path of a correctional psychologist from postdoctoral fellow to pandemic-era warden over a 20-year career. A successful transition from clinician to correctional leader is attributable to the fundamentals of the practice of psychology, including deep insights into human behavior and motivation. These skills prepare psychologists for success in high-profile, high-impact leadership positions.

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Why is it important?

Psychologists often work behind the scenes to positively impact teams and systems, offering a deep understanding of people and the ability to analyze and solve problems. With the need for empathic, effective leadership more urgent than ever, psychologists are encouraged to move from behind the scenes and assume more visible leadership roles.


Reflecting on my leadership journey was a rigorous and deeply meaningful process for me. I am grateful to the reviewers who challenged me to dig deep to explain my motivations, my limitations, and the implications of my choices. By far, the next part of the process is the most vulnerable - sharing this journey with others for their feedback and, perhaps, their criticism. Please contact me if you would like to engage in conversation.

Tamara Lyn
High Ready Coaching and Consulting

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This page is a summary of: Atypical job series: The surprising journey from psychologist to warden., Psychological Services, December 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ser0000725.
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