Faculty Experts - David Bush, Ph.D.

David Bush, Ph.D.

David Bush, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development
Professor of Psychology and Human Resource Development
Department of Psychology
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Organizational Change Management
  • Diversity and Gender Influences on Compensation
  • Human Resource Metrics and Benchmarking
  • Team Development
  • Assessment and Selection


Workplace issues have never been more complex or sensitive than they are in the current recessionary economic climate. Dr. Bush is well-versed in what it takes to achieve a fully functional organization through team development. He can discuss a variety of human resource topics from how to assess and select prospective employees to what effect diversity and gender have on compensation. In an era of layoffs and business closings, his knowledge of organizational change management is particularly pertinent.


  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • M.A., University of Wyoming
  • B.S., University of South Florida

Selected Publications

  • Bush, D.F., Statistics and Research Methods for Measuring HR Effectiveness: HR and Staffing Metrics Toolkit, San Diego, CA: University Readers, Inc., 2006.
  • O’Shea, P.G., Bush, D.F., "Negotiation for Starting Salary: Antecedents and Outcomes Among Recent College Graduates," Journal of Business and Psychology, 2002.
  • Bush, David F., and O'Shea, P. Gavan, "Workplace Violence: Prevention Practices and Policies," In Gary R. Van denBos and Elizabeth Q. Bulotao (Eds.), The Psychology of Violence at Work, Washington D.C.: The American Psychological Association, 2001.
  • Bush, D.F., "Use and Misuse of Genetic Information in the Workplace," In (M. Singer, ED.) Visions of the Future: HR Strategies for the New Millennium, Society for Human Resource Management, Virginia, 2000.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Teaching Graduate Assistant, University of Wyoming
  • Sleep Lab Research Assistant, University of Wyoming
  • Instructor of Psychology, winner of Citation for Distinguished Teaching and Service, Hiram Scott College
  • NDEA Research Fellow at Purdue University
  • Graduate Instructor, Developmental Psychology, Purdue University

Selected Research

  • Villanova University Summer Research Grant, "Memory for Message Content as a Function of Communication Channel and Sex of Author/Speaker: A New Way of Looking at the Effects of Vocal and Visual Messages," 1984.
  • The English Speaking Union Travel Study Grant to conduct research at Oxford University, 1980. Research concerned communication and decision making in medical practice.
  • Villanova University Summer Research Grant, "Intergenerational Relationships in Authoritarianism and Levels of Moral Judgment," 1977.
  • Villanova University Summer Research Grant, " Factors that influence changes in adult moral development," 1974.
  • The Unitarian Universalists Research Grant, "Effects of Television on Adolescent Moral Development," 1973.

About Villanova

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