Oskin Leadership Institute
- Widener University
- One University Place
- Chester, PA 19013-3792
- tel: 610-990-8962
Our Team, Oskin Leadership Institute
Hal Shorey, PhD, Director Oskin Leadership Institute
Dr. Shorey earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas where he was a Self Graduate Leadership Fellow. Along with his studies in the field of leadership, he researched and published on the impacts of positive psychology and character strengths on social relationships, emotional adjustment, achievement, and leadership. As a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School he developed expertise in personality assessment and used those skills to develop tests for use in executive assessment and coaching.
Dr. Shorey came to Widener in 2008 to direct its unique PsyD/MBA joint degree program and Organizational Development Services unit. In this context, he developed Widener’s executive coaching program that serves to develop Widener’s top faculty and administrative talent. He has worked with senior leaders both at Widener and at other University systems and private organizations on leadership and organizational development initiatives, executive coaching, change management and culture, conflict resolution, and team building. He teaches courses in leadership development and consulting and organizational psychology.
Deborah Amato serves as the institute’s administrative coordinator for our Leadership Certificate Program.
Ms. Amato graduated from Marist College with a baccalaureate degree in studio arts. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the leadership certificate program, from developing the schedule with the facilitating faculty/staff to helping students register. She also inputs and troubleshoots each workshop in the university course management system.