Who We Are

Dr. Gary Namie

Gary Namie, PhD

Gary is a social psychologist and widely regarded as North America’s foremost authority on Workplace Bullying. In 2007 and again in 2010, Dr. Namie wrote, and Zogby International conducted, the most frequently cited, largest-ever, scientific U.S. survey of Workplace Bullying. Along with his wife, Ruth, they wrote the popular books, The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Bully At Work 2nd ed. (Sourcebooks, 2009). He has 21 years university teaching experience in management and psychology, including the University of Southern California. He was a corporate manager for two regional hospital systems. He won national and college campus teaching awards. He now directs the only U.S. research and education organization with a focus on bullying at work, the Workplace Bullying Institute. The media regard Dr. Namie, after 1,000+ interviews, as the go-to expert. He leads advocates to enact the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill in US states. He serves as expert witness in bullying-related legal cases. Work Doctor®, the consulting firm, created the Workplace Bullying specialization.

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Dr. Ruth Namie

Ruth Namie, PhD

Dr. Namie has a doctorate in clinical psychology. Her personal experience became the impetus for the U.S. workplace bullying movement. She is now the definitive expert on the devastating effects of bullying on targeted workers. She and Gary wrote the popular books, The Bully At Work and The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and appear in the Help for Bullied Targets video from the Workplace Bullying Institute. The Namies' articles are published in the Journal of Consulting Psychology, International Journal of Communication, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Ivey Business Journal, Journal of Employee Assistance; and contributing chapters in the books Destructive Organizational Communication and Workplace Bullying: Development in Theory, Research and Practice. She co-designed the Blueprint consulting program for Work Doctor®, drawing from her experiences as Training Director for Sheraton Hotels, Hawaii and in human resources.

Jessi Eden Brown

Jessi Eden Brown, MS, LMHC, NCC

Ms. Brown is an experienced, Master's-level, licensed mental health therapist and the Professional Coach for the Workplace Bullying Institute. Jessi has spent the past 15 years developing and directing educational, health, and therapeutic programs. She has an extensive background in curriculum development; policy writing; business auditing; and grant writing, management, and compliance. Jessi has a long-established record of designing and managing successful programs to target organizational goals. Since joining WBI and Work Doctor, Jessi has coached more than a thousand individuals suffering from work stress, trauma, and workplace bullying. She helps leaders acquire essential knowledge about the phenomenon of workplace bullying and develop the relationships they need to ensure sustainability and positive change in the organization. Her skill in dealing with individuals who have demonstrated unacceptable conduct is an essential part of the Work Doctor® Respectful Conduct Clinic service.

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Sean Lunsford

Sean Lunsford

Sean is a trained and certified consulting specialist in workplace bullying for the Work Doctor®. He appears in the videos Workplace Bullying: A Primer for Managers, and Workplace Bullying: Raising Employee Awareness from Work Doctor®, and Help for Bullied Targets from the Workplace Bullying Institute. Sean delivers professional speeches and consults with organizations within the Work Doctor Blueprint set of workplace bullying prevention and correction services. He is also faculty for the Workplace Bullying Institute’s Workplace Bullying University training for professionals offered periodically throughout the year in Bellingham, Washington. Sean has worked for the last fifteen years in customer service capacities for organizations in higher education, design and manufacturing, finance and IT consulting. Since joining the firm in 2011 and being personally prepared by the Drs. Namie, he has brought an unbiased, evidence-based approach to client organizations. Sean affords the perspective from both employer and employee in finding mutually beneficial solutions.

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