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Kathie Pelletier

Kathie Pelletier



Office Phone(909) 537-3752
Office LocationJB-561


Dr. Kathie Pelletier is a Professor in the Department of Management at California State University, San Bernardino. Kathie earned her Ph.D. in Psychology (Organizational Behavior concentration) from Claremont Graduate University, and her M.S. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include toxic and ethical leadership, women and leadership, organizational corruption, and ethics program effectiveness. In 2009, from an international pool of candidates, she was awarded the Fredric M. Jablin Dissertation Award for outstanding research in the area of leadership. She has also received awards for teaching and research within the College of Business and Public Administration, and in 2017/2018, she was named the Golden Apple Award winner that recognizes one faculty member in the university for exemplary instruction. Professor Pelletier has held leadership positions for over 26 years, in both private and public sectors. She worked in management at Roadway Express, Inc. for 16 years, and has 10 years of leadership experience in both county and city government agencies. She also consults in organizations on leadership, efficiency, culture change, and has worked as an executive coach.  Kathie has conducted research in applied settings on topics such as organizational corruption and its impact on employees, predictors of ethics program effectiveness, organizational justice, and strategies to minimize health disparities of incarcerated women. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, The Leadership Quarterly, Leadership, and Leadership and Organization Development Journal. Dr. Pelletier has also written book chapters on toxic leadership, barriers to women in leadership, and organizational pessimism, and has presented her research at numerous professional societies and conferences. She is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management, and American and Western Psychological Associations. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Connective Leadership Institute.


Ph.D Psychology/Organizational Behavior, Claremont Graduate University
M.S. Industrial Organizational Psychology, CSUSB


Mgmt 302: Organizational Behavior Mgmt 451: Organization and Management Theory Mgmt 452: Leading Effectively and Ethically MBA Courses Mgmt 601: Organizational Theory and Behavior Mgmt 655: Leadership for Modern Organizations

Research and Teaching Interests

Ethical and toxic leadership, business ethics, organizational corruption, ethics program effectiveness, women and leadership.


Pelletier, K. L., & Lipman-Blumen, J. (in press). Toxic Leadership. In G. G. Goethals, S. Allison, and G. Sorenson (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Leadership Studies.  SAGE Publishing.

Pelletier, K.L., Kottke, J.L. & Reza, E.M. (2015). During furloughs, who is more attached to a public university? Faculty? Staff? ...Managers. Public Personnel Management, 44(1),120-142.

Kottke, J.L., Pelletier, K.L., and Agars, M.D. (2013). Measuring follower confidence in top leadership direction. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 34(4), 292-307.

Pelletier, K.L. (2012). Perceptions of and reactions to leader toxicity: Do leader-follower relationships and identification with victim matter? The Leadership Quarterly, 23(3) 412-424.

Pelletier, K.L. (2010). Leader toxicity: An empirical investigation of toxic behavior and rhetoric. Leadership, 6(4), 373-389.


2018 - Golden Apple Award
2016 - Outstanding Teaching in MBA Program - Awarded by MBA students
2014 - Excellence in Teaching Award - CBPA
2012 - Outstanding Research Award- Mgmt Dept
2011 - Research Excellence Award - CBPA
2010 - Instructionally-Related Activities Award
2009 - Frederic M. Jablin Dissertation Award
2003 - Outstanding Rising Administrator - ASPA
1998 - Outstanding Graduate Student - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences