Kristen Kirkland

Executive Bench® Consultant


Dr. Kristen Kirkland is a consultant on the Executive Bench® team at RHR International. Her responsibilities include innovation and the advancement of RHR’s expertise in assessment and development. Kristen focuses on the design and implementation of new leadership development products and performing research to ensure alignment with market needs. Kristen also facilitates the Executive Bench leadership development programs, performs individual executive assessments, and provides executive coaching to leaders on ways to navigate organizations, create transformational change, and achieve personal success. 

She is an entrepreneurial, creative, and experienced talent management professional with a history of success across leadership consulting, nonprofit, and financial services firms. Prior to joining RHR, Kristen was the chief operations and talent officer at Every Mother Counts (EMC), a maternal health advocacy nonprofit organization. At EMC she built the HR infrastructure for the organization and spearheaded fundraising through marathons and other running events, which raised over $3 million. Prior to that, Kristen worked in leadership development, talent management, and succession planning at multiple financial services firms on Wall Street.

Kristen is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology. She continues to support EMC as an ambassador for the organization, participating in fundraising and awareness raising events on a regular basis. She is also an avid supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hate crime, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable people in society.


The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY
PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY
MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA
BA, Psychology

Published Work

Sommer, K.L., Kirkland, K.L., Newman, S., Estrella, P, & Andreassi, J.L. (2009). Narcissism and cardiovascular reactivity to thoughts of rejection. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(5), 1083–1115.

Kirkland, K., McMillan, E.L., & Kirkland, K.L. (2005). Use of collateral contacts in child custody evaluations. Journal of Child Custody, 4, 95–109.

Kirkland, K., Kirkland, K.L., Reaves, R.P. (2004). On the professional use of disciplinary data. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 179–184.

Kirkland, K. and Kirkland, K.L. (2000). Frequency of child custody evaluation complaints and related disciplinary action: A survey of ASPPB member boards. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 32(2), 171–174.