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Brandon Sullivan

Work & Organizations Department



  • Ph.D. 2006
    Psychology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.A. 1998
    Educational Psychology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • B.A. 1995
    Political Science Carleton College


Brandon Sullivan, PhD, is a Sr. Lecturer in the Work and Organizations Department in the Carlson School of Management. He is also Sr. Director of Leadership and Talent Development for the University of Minnesota ( Prior to joining the University, Brandon led a global talent assessment and employee engagement team at Target Corporation and was a partner in a talent management consultancy specializing in executive leadership assessment and selection. 

Brandon has presented at numerous national and international conferences and his research has been published in leading journals, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Personality, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. A paper he co-authored on negotiator reputations received the 2010 Most Influential Paper Award from the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. He co-edited the 2007 book Cooperation: The Political Psychology of Effective Human Interaction, which brought together top researchers in psychology, organizational behavior, sociology, and political science.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Journal Articles
    Hansen, J.C., Sullivan, B.A., & Luciana, M. (2011). A social neuroscientific model of vocational behavior. Journal of Career Assessment, 19, 216-227.
  • Journal Articles
    Steger, M. F., Kashdan, T.B., Sullivan, B.A, & Lorentz, D. (2008). Understanding the search for meaning in life: Personality, cognitive style, and the dynamic between seeking and experiencing meaning. Journal of Personality, 76, 199-228.
  • Serials (Book, Monograph)
    Sullivan, B.A., Snyder, M., & Sullivan, J.L. (2007). Cooperation: The political psychology of effective human interaction. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA.
  • Journal Articles
    Sullivan, B.A., O’Connor, K.M., & Burris, E. (2006). Negotiator confidence: The impact of self-efficacy on tactics and outcomes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 567-581.
  • Journal Articles
    Sullivan, B.A., & Hansen, J.C. (2004). Mapping associations between interests and personality: Toward a conceptual understanding of individual differences in vocational behavior. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 51, 287 – 298.
  • Journal Articles
    Sullivan, B.A., & Hansen, J.C. (2004). Evidence of construct validity of the interest scales on the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 65, 179 -202.
  • Journal Articles
    Hansen, J.C., Dik, B., & Sullivan, B.A. (2004). Using the Strong Interest Inventory with adult clients in an integrated model of career counseling. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 19, 80 – 95.
  • Book Chapters
    Hansen, J.C., & Sullivan, B.A. (2003). Assessment of workplace stress. In J. Wall and G. Walz (Eds.), Measuring up: The ultimate resource on testing for teachers, counselors, and administrators. Greensboro, NC: ERIC/CASS.
  • Journal Articles
    Tinsley, C.H., O’Connor, K.M., & Sullivan, B.A. (2002). Tough guys finish last: The perils of a distributive reputation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 88, 621 - 642. [Most Influential Paper Award, Conflict Management Division, Aca
  • Journal Articles
    Romano, J., & Sullivan, B.A. (2000). Simulated group counseling for group work training: A four year research study of group development. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 25, 366-375
  • Excellence in HR Practices Award, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Midwest Region, 2014

  • Most Influential Paper Award, Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management, 2010

  • Strategic Priority Award, Target Corporation, 2010

  • Organizational Effectiveness Leadership Award, Target Corporation, 2010

  • Graduate Student Research Award, Society for Vocational Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2005

  • Graduate Student Research Competition Award, Association for Psychological Science, 2002

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