Heather Backstrom, Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Phone: (626) 823-7033
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Heather Backstrom, Ed.D., is experienced in all aspects of organization and leadership development, including executive coaching, workshop design and delivery, team interventions, meeting facilitation, and board retreat facilitation. Her experience spans organizations in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector arenas. Her work with individuals and teams has shown her that effectiveness begins with understanding oneself and one’s impact upon others. With this insight, then, true authentic change occurs that results in higher levels of performance and improved interpersonal relationships. With a passion for learning and continuing education, Backstrom delights in teaching and working with students, striving to create a collaborative and interactive class environment in which students are empowered to facilitate their own learning. Backstrom is a volunteer with the Tournament of Roses Association, and is on the board of directors for Leadership Pasadena and the Los Angeles chapter of the International Coach Federation. For fun, she takes improv classes and is learning to speak French.


  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology


  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Development
  • Team Interventions/OD
  • Workshop Design and Delivery

Courses Taught

  • OPSY 520 – Consultative Applications of Organizational Psychology