Shirley Ashauer

Associate Professor of Psychology & Organizational Leadership
College of Arts & Sciences

Academic Bio

Dr. Shirley Ashauer is an Associate Professor of Psychology & Organizational Leadership at Maryville University’s Psychology program. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and has 20 years of combined experience in a variety of leadership positions in a Fortune 500 organization, as well as with leadership and organization development consulting.


As an educator, Dr Ashauer draws from her extensive experience in the corporate world where she has provided consulting services for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. The skills and themes that she emphasizes in her consulting overlap with her academic research and teaching interests which include team and leadership development, conflict, adaptation to change, resilience, stress and health, and the science of mindfulness and attention. She is interested as well in the neuroscience behind adaptation, resilience, conflict, and stress and she incorporates all  these areas, as well as her combined experience in academia and the corporate world, in the courses that she teaches at Maryville.

Classes Taught:

  • Psychology of Stress and Health
  • Science of Mindfulness
  • Psychology of Social Conflict
  • Organizational Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • University Seminar (First-Year Experience course)

Prior Classes Taught (Graduate-Level):

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Change Leadership
  • Social Conflict and Negotiation
  • Organization Development and Change
  • Organizational Leadership Capstone Thesis

Areas of Expertise:

  • Science of adaptation (change) processes in individuals and teams
  • Science of mindfulness, attention, and perception
  • Science of stress and health
  • Psychology of attribution processes and cognitive biases in social conflict
  • Psychology of mindful communication in relationship conflict

Contact Info

Phone: 314-529-9582