Susan David


Thought Leader

    Dr. Susan David is a business psychologist who is known internationally for her advisory services, research, training programs, and keynote speaking. She specializes in the application of scientific evidence-based methods to engagement, coaching, and high performance leadership.

Dr. David is a founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard University. She holds Bachelors, Honors, two Masters Degrees, and a PhD in Psychology. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Yale University, USA and the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on employee engagement, emotional skills, leadership, and coaching effectiveness.

She has been awarded sixteen prizes and scholarships, including two for research on emotions in coaching and wellbeing. As the co-chair of the Institute of Coaching’s Research Forum, she convenes an annual gathering of global leaders in coaching with the directive of advancing the research and application of coaching in organizations. She was an invited member of the Harvard/World Economic Forum Breakthrough Ideas meeting, and is a frequent guest contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

She is the principal editor of two books, the Oxford Handbook of Happiness (OUP, 2013), the definitive text for researchers and practitioners interested in human happiness, and Beyond Goals: Effective Strategies in Coaching and Mentoring (Gower, 2013).

Dr. David also serves on a number of academic journal editorial boards. Her work has been extensively cited in the popular media. Dr. David has delivered invited lectures and keynote talks at numerous public and corporate conferences internationally.