College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Psychology
In addition to serving as Contributing Faculty within the Organizational Psychology Department at Walden University, Dr. Rebekah Cardenas is CEO and founder of a talent management consulting firm called Orgsmith, LLC. Until Dec. 2018, Rebekah served as Vice President of Business Development and Assessment Solutions at a human capital consulting firm called EASI Consult. Dr. Cardenas has over 18 years of experience as both an internal and external organizational consultant. Prior to joining EASI Consult in 2006, she held various consulting and research roles at BASF, Federal Management Partners, the City of Norfolk, Old Dominion University and the National Science Foundation. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Dr. Cardenas has served as Project Manager for numerous public and private sector assessment and development engagements. She has facilitated numerous meetings, workshops, certifications and retreats assisting clients in areas such as strategic planning, communication strategy development, training, engagement, and role clarification. Dr. Cardenas is a trained assessor and has served as an executive coach for several high-potential leaders. She leads several large-scale selection and/or development strategies for clients across industries such as banking, finance, insurance, healthcare, retail, energy and public utilities. Since joining Walden in 2008, Dr. Cardenas has taught over a dozen different courses within the Psychology department and has chaired numerous doctoral student committees.
PSYC 6001 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology
PSYC 8755 - Leadership and the Process of Change
PSYC 8752 - Psychology of Organizational Behavior
PSYC 8552 - Psychology of Motivation at Work
PSYC 8754 - Personnel Psychology in the Workplace
PSYC 8579 - Job Attitudes, Measurement, & Change
PSYC 8706 - Ethics & Standards of IO
PSYC 9000 - Dissertation
PSYC 8749 - Leadership Development
PSYC 6393 - M.S. in Psychology Capstone
PSYC 8214 - Consulting for Org Change
BA, Drury University
MS, Old Dominion University
PhD, Old Dominion University
Green Chair, Volunteer - Raleigh
Cardenas, R. (2017). Tips for Creating a Consulting Practice.
Cardenas, R. A. (2015). How do we build a high performance organization?. Workforce Magazine.
Major, D., Cardenas, R. A., Allard, C. (2004). Child health: A legitimate business concern. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
Cardenas, R. A., Major, D. A. (2005). Combining Employment and Breastfeeding: Utilizing a Work-Family Conflict Framework to Understand Obstacles and Solutions. Journal of Business and Psychology.
Cardenas, R. A., Major, D. A., Bernas, K. H. (2004). Exploring work and family distractions: Antecedents and outcomes. International Journal of Stress Management.
Major, D. A., Clarke, S., Cardenas, R. A., Taylor-Fishwick, J. C., Kelly, C. S., Butterfoss, F. D. (2006). Providing asthma care in elementary schools: Understanding barriers to determine best practices. Family & Community Health.
Cardenas, R. A. (2001). Putting your work on the internet: APA's Modified Web Posting Policy. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist.
Butterfoss, F. S., Major, D. A., Cardenas, R. A., Clarke, S. M., Isaacman, D. J., Mason, J. D., Clements, D. L. (2006). What providers from general emergency departments say about implementing a pediatric asthma pathway. Clinical Pediatrics.
Cardenas, R. A. (2018). Learning Agility. Gateway IO - St. Louis chapter for SIOP (Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology).
Major, D., Cardenas, R. A., Allard, C. (2003). Assessing Costs of Poor Child Health: Employer's Efforts and Outcomes.
Germano, L. M., Major, D. A., Fletcher, T. D., Clarke, S. M., Cardenas, R. A. (2003). Belonging and contributing: Validation of an inclusion measure.
Cardenas, R. A. (2008). An inclusive Environment's impact on the work-family interface.. SIOP.
Cardenas, R. A., Major, D. (2003). Combining Employment and Breastfeeding: A Work-Family Conflict Framework.
Cardenas, R. A., Major, D., Bernas, K. (2003). Exploring Work and Family Distractions: Antecedents and Outcomes.
Major, D. A., Cardenas, R. A., Davis, D. D., Germano, L., Mickey, S. K. (2004). Managing Work-Family Conflict in the IT Workplace.
Major, D. A., Clarke, S., Cardenas, R. A. (2002). The Impact of Child Health on Work and Family Life.
Cardenas, R. A., Major, D. A. (2001). The impact of employment on breastfeeding initiation and duration.