Marie Carasco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3235
Office Location: Wilden Hall, Room 212
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Marie Carasco, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Organization Development. She is an organizational behavior scholar-practitioner with international multi-sector experience connecting psychological principles to business and organization issues. Her research lies at the intersection of leader development and identity work, and she is interested in how people experience change. Her contributions have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Human Resources Development Review and in academic textbooks by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. She is the co-author The Essential HR Guide for Small Businesses & Startups, published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Marie’s practitioner expertise is in high-potential leader development and appreciative approaches to managing change. As a former Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement she has served as a trusted advisor to c-level leadership teams guiding task forces for large-scale global change initiatives and applied research projects in the aerospace, oil and gas, government consulting and education sectors. Prior to joining the faculty at APU, she taught graduate courses at George Mason University and the City University of New York (CUNY).


  • Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.B.A., Organizational Behavior and Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas
  • M.A., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, CUNY-Brooklyn College
  • M.S., Nonprofit Management, The New School
  • B.A., Psychology, CUNY-Brooklyn College


  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  • ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution/Mediation Clinic – Columbia Law School

Academic Area

  • School of Business and Management


  • Global Human Resource Development
  • Leader Identity Development
  • Organizational Behavior and Change
  • Organization Development
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 510 – Current Issues in Business and Management
  • MGMT 521 – Organizational Development and Change
  • MGMT 561 – Managing Teams and Conflict