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Ina von Ber, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Online Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Ina von Ber is delighted to serve as faculty in Pepperdine's' Psychology and Leadership programs. Teaching in such an extraordinary academic setting allows her to engage her passions for human behavior, organizational development, and business and intercultural understanding. Dr. von Ber's clinical experience extends over 25 years.

During her career, she has established multiple national and international programs for Fortune 500 companies (Hewlett Packard, Siemens, ABB, US Airlines) which focused on executive training, coaching, teamwork, I/O psychology, organizational behavior, and multicultural understanding in organizational settings. Dr. von Ber has pioneered the development and early implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) programs at the University of Pittsburgh where she co-developed the first women's CBT in/out patient program. Her CBT experience at Southern California in San Diego focused on eating disorders and depression in adults and adolescents.

Dr. von Ber has served as a clinical director, and later CEO, of the international, multi-cultural, multi-modal La Jolla Institute for Psychotherapy where she trained clinicians and supervised faculty and staff. In addition to authoring several books and articles, Dr. von Ber has served as faculty at UC San Diego and California State University Systems where she chaired dissertations, led training programs, and developed curricula for new courses.

Dr. von Ber's recent focus explores the influence of psychology on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Her many research interests include:

1. Sustainable global leadership in NGOs, think tanks, higher education, health care, military, cyber-security, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence,  federal and state government.

2. Developing and leading minorities & multi-cultural societies: innovation in a global economy.

3. Impact of coaching, mentoring, and mindfulness on sustainable leadership.

4. Paradigm shifts in leadership required by adaptation and accommodation to artificial intelligence, androids, virtual organizations, IOT, e-learning.

5. Women in international diplomacy & global governmental leadership roles.

6. Development and application of the theoretical underpinnings of Improvisational Strategic Leadership.

7. The impact of IT of virtual human relationships, marriage, and dating.

8. Tele-healthcare—the future of differential diagnosis and treatment for couples and adolescents.

9. Global applications of Actionable Leadership: critical soft-skills, identifying the power of emotion in work lives, connection between emotional and social intelligence & emotional intelligence.

10. Utilizing psychology to further artificial intelligence and deep learning.

11. Understanding and utilizing psychology & spirituality in politics to promote peace & global human rights.