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Dr. Barcelona is a licensed business psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience providing insightful and evidenced-based approaches in executive coaching, leadership assessment, succession planning, organization and cultural transformation. He blends a highly quantitative/scientific industrial psychology background with his robust intuition (of people) and an in-depth understanding of a client’s business.

Experience and Expertise

Prior to Russ’ experience with The Executive Edge, Russ worked on the inside of an action-oriented Human Resource department of a multi-billion dollar organization early in his career.

During his early career, he played an active role on a national task force for testing and personnel research within the electric utility industry. Since 1997, he shifted his focus to playing significant partnership roles in two Industrial/Organizational Psychology firms. His clients span industry sectors including manufacturing, insurance, food production and law firms. He continues to engage with Fortune 500 clients, governmental agencies, private equity firms, merger & acquisition due diligence activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. He prides himself on capitalizing on being a forward- leaning and contemporary approach to providing customized I/O Psychology services and consultation to leaders, teams and organizational clients.

Client Quotes

  • When looking for talent, a critical segment is understanding the dynamics of the executive you are recruiting and how to ensure success once hired. Russ Barcelona is best in class in assessing talent and calibrating fit and gap opportunities of an individual. His reviews are deadly accurate and significantly assist in the decision-making process. One of the many differentiators is the comprehensive approach combined with a unique interpersonal connection with each candidate. This provides the right atmosphere to ascertain authentic and genuine personality traits and experiences and calibrate against the position and organization. (Jim Clark, CEO Boys and Girls Clubs of America)
  • JP Cullen has worked with Russ for about 3 years. Russ was recommended by our previous business psychologist who we worked with for over 25 years. We use our business psychologist to provide pre-hire assessments and leadership development plans and coaching. Working with Russ for the 3 years I understand why he was recommended. Russ is very good and a hard grader that insures we are both selecting the right candidates and challenging our leaders to grow. During the 3 years I have worked with Russ to change our assessments to better fit Cullen. Russ’ approach was first to understand our organization before recommending changes. I recommend Russ to anyone looking for a business psychologist. Not only do I recommend Russ, but he comes with the backing of our great business psychologist partner of many years. (Ron Becher, President of JP Cullen Construction)

Professional Certifications

  • The Executive Edge®: The Coaching Advantage™

Education and Professional Associations

Russ has a B.S. in psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and an M.S. and Ph.D. in and organizational psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and Society of Consulting Psychologists (SCP). In February of 2019, he presented case studies of newly developed leadership/motivation assessment to colleagues at the SCP Annual Convention.

More About Russ

He is married with five children, four grand-children (and counting). He actively pursues the eclectic interests of gardening, home-brewing, soccer, Nordic Noir books, fishing and back-country hiking.

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Phone: 1.630.404.2256

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