James Herndon

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology

My name is Dr. James Herndon, and I am a Contributing Faculty member with Walden University (now in year 15). I teach Personnel Psychology in the Workplace, and serve on dissertation committees. My main focus is on Industrial/Organizational Psychology topics, especially within military and law enforcement organizations.

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 (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 8185 - Writing a Quality Prospectus

IPSY 8754 8574 - Personnel Psychology in the Workplace

FPSY 8521 - Police Psychology

PSYC 9000 - Dissertation


PhD, Old Dominion University

EdD, Univ. Sarasota

Public Service

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

Awards / Honors

Teaching Excellence, Waldenn University, 2023

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

Award of Excellence, Walden University, 2019

C. Edward Schaffer Research Award, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, 1997

James T. Turner Award for Noteworthy Mentoring, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, 2018

Chris Hatcher Visionary Award, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, 2000


Herndon, J. S. (2017). A walk through the awards..