Linda Talley

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Psychology

Dr. Linda Talley is a behavioral strategist, international speaker, scientist and an expert on leaders’ nonverbal behaviors that influence and persuade.
Dr. Talley’s diverse background includes private practice, university professor, organizational development consultant, and journal submission reviewer. After 20 years of developing leaders for Fortune 500 as well as numerous health care organizations, she combined her expertise of leader development with nonverbal behavior research to create a unique leader development system based on empirical data.
Dr. Talley teaches I/O psychology courses; serves as a dissertation mentor; serves as chair or second committee member on dissertation committees; serves as a URR; and also serves as faculty for residencies.
Dr. Talley holds a psychology, is an ongoing researcher in the area of leadership development and nonverbal communication, is published in scientific journals, and is the author of six books.

Courses Taught

Psyc 6002 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology


PhD, Walden University

MA, Central Michigan University

BA, The University of Texas at Austin

Awards / Honors

Certified Speaking Professional, National Speakers Association, 2006


Talley, L. (2015). How Leaders Influence Followers Through the Use of Nonverbal Communication. Leadership & Organizational Development Journal

Talley, L., Temple, S. (2018). Silent Hands: A Leader’s Ability to Create Nonverbal Immediacy . Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences


Talley, L. (2013). Influence of Leader Hand Gestures on Nonverbal Immediacy.