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James Herndon

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.D. Psychology

My name is Dr. James Herndon, and I am a Contributing Faculty member with Walden University (now in year 10). I teach the Prospectus course for I/O students, and Police Psychology for forensic students. So far, I have chaired or served on 40 dissertation committees that have led to graduation. Currently, I am serving as Chair on 12 committees, 10 second committee member roles, and 5 URR assignments.

My experience background includes more than 20 years in personnel/HR as an internal job analyst, personnel psychologist, and management analyst with the Federal government (DoD agencies), as well as an I/O psychologist for a major hospital corporation. Then, I shifted my focus to law enforcement agencies and served as a police psychologist until retiring to teach and consult. I formed two companies, IGO Metrics, and Law Enforcement Behavioral Science Consultants, LLC. Both allow me the flexibility to accept work that furthers my professional interests. I am the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, a Springer publication.

As an Air Force veteran, I received my PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. My MA is in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. And, while working fulltime as the Staff Psychologist for the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, I completed an EdD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota (now Argosy Sarasota).

Since before my Air Force years, and enhanced by 5 trips to Japan over the past four decades, I have been a practicing martial artist, Dojo owner, instructor, and author of two books and over 100 articles. I attribute the martial arts for my academic and professional success.

Courses Taught

PSYC 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus

PSYC 8521 - Police Psychology


PhD, Old Dominion Univ.

EdD, Univ. Sarasota

Public Service

Executive Board, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, Board of Directors

Awards / Honors

William J. Duggan Award for Educational Leadership, Webster University, 2009