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Denise Driscoll

Dr. Denise Driscoll is on faculty at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.  She teaches several courses to MBA students, including Managerial Communication Skills, Intercultural Communication and Management, and Managerial Business Writing.  Dr. Driscoll is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue University, as well as founder of a consulting company Diversity Competency LLC.

Dr. Driscoll's initial background was in experimental social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition and forming person impressions.  As an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue (1991 to 1999), she taught and conducted research on person impressions, attitude accessibility and persuasion, stereotyping and prejudice, biases in decision-making, nonverbal communication, sexual harassment, and intergroup relations.

After a hiatus as a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland to study diversity initiatives in Australia, Dr. Driscoll returned to Purdue as the Diversity Resource Specialist for the Vice President for Human Relations.  From 2000-2007, she 1) advised colleges, schools, and units about diversity issues and programs, 2) played a major role in two assessments of Purdue's diversity and work-life climate, 3) wrote, assessed, and consulted on diversity-related National Science Foundation grants, and 4) developed, facilitated, and assessed diversity training workshops and programs across the Purdue campus as well as in the local community.  

In 2008, Dr. Driscoll founded Diversity Competency LLC to help companies improve their diversity competency.  Please see the website for additional information about Driscoll's consulting business.  

Now, she combines her experiences as an academic (with its focus on research and theory) with her experiences as an administrator and a consultant (with its focus on applying research and theory to effect positive change in the workplace) to help MBA students hone their managerial communication and intergroup/cross-cultural skills.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination; Managerial Communications; Intergroup Relations; Assessment and Survey Methodology; Mentoring and Diversity; Social Cognition:  Cognitive Biases; Person Memory and Impression Formation



Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. (with honors), Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington

Research & Area(s) of Expertise

Intercultural Communication, Diversity Competencies, Cultural Intelligence, Diverse Work Teams