Who We Are

Robert Barnett, Ph.D., L.P.

Senior Fellow

Robert Barnett, Ph.D., L.P.

Bob Barnett gets excited about helping leaders select and develop their people – and manage change in their organizations. He provides a broad range of organizational psychology and organizational development consulting expertise to clients including executive selection, succession planning, team building, coaching and leadership development, and organizational change services.  

Bob began his work with MDA in 1982 and joined the firm full-time in 1985. Bob’s experience includes more than 25 years of managing and conducting engagements with organizations in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, specialty chemicals, government, and education, just to name a few. At MDA, he is also responsible for managing staff consultants, oversight of MDA’s research and development initiatives, and managing client relationships. 

Bob earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has an M.S. in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota, and an adjunct Professor of Management at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of The Larry Wilson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Adult Learning awarded by the University of Minnesota, and has been recognized by St. Mary’s University as an Outstanding Faculty member. He has authored of a number of articles and book chapters, and is a frequent presenter at psychological, management, and human resource professional meetings and conferences.
Away from the office, he volunteers as a board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, is an avid concert-goer, and a competitive sailor. Bob and his wife, Marlena, live in south Minneapolis. 
Favorite Work:

Guiding integrated strategic change

Contact Robert
Phone: +1 612.259.4243
Email: bbarnett@mdaleadership.com