I am a school psychologist with a doctorate in leadership studies that is passionate about all things related to leadership, innovation, and women. 

Email me at poss.allison@gmail.com for a copy of my full curriculum vitae. 


2011-2014 | Creighton University | Omaha, NE                  

ED.S. in SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY             `

2010-2012University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE  

M.S. in PSYCHOLOGY                                

2008-2010 | University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE 

B.A. in PSYCHOLOGY                                

2004-2007 | Creighton University | Omaha, NE |


August 2015 - Present

  • Girls With Ideas™ is a leadership organization focused on closing the gender leadership gap by directly teaching leadership skills to young girls through the process of implementing an idea.
  • Developed, tested, and edited an educational, project-based leadership curriculum for middle school girls.
  • Launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in over $21,000 of funding to publish the curriculum.
  • Led my team through the application and completion of the Iowa Startup Accelerator.
  • ·Promoted business and our mission by speaking at over 30 events about the business and how to help close the gender leadership gap.
  • Evaluated feedback from users for future product development. 


May 2014 - August 2016

  • Axle Rev was a boutique organizational development firm that specialized in creativity and innovation. Axle Rev offered practical, actionable industry-tested solutions for resolving leadership and employee recruitment and retention issues.
  • Founded the organization based on dissertation research related to the influence leaders have on innovation.
  • Created and executed trainings, workshops, and online courses around the topics of leadership for innovation, millennials in the workplace, and employee engagement/purpose.
  • Authored the Leadership for Innovation model for a suite of trainings that helps leaders navigate the paradoxes of innovation in their organization.

MOBILE CRISIS COUNSELOR                                                

March 2015- December 2016  | Crisis Center of Johnson County

  • Contributed to the team composed of a variety of professionals working part-time by providing the perspective of a psychologist.
  • Responded to crisis situations at people's home to help them problem solve issues including: domestic disputes, parent/child conflicts, suicidal thoughts, and lack of resources and support.
  • Assisted in evaluations and placement for individuals in the emergency room that came in for mental health related issues but were not admitted to hosptial.
  • Certified trainer for Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Bridges Out of Poverty community trainings.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST                                                    

August 2013 - June 2015 | Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Iowa City, IA

  • Responsible for initial special education evaluation, re-evaluations, and consultation on IEP goals and services for two elementary schools.
  • Consultant for Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports initiatives.
  • Assisted school district through a review from the Federal Office of Civil Rights to ensure that all students were receiving the appropriate services regardless of their race or economic status.
  • Brainstormed strategies and interventions for effectively teaching students and implemented assessment methods for their goals.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST                       

August 2011 - July 2013 | Green Hills Area Education Agency in Council Bluffs, IA

  • Responsible for initial special education evaluation, re-evaluations, and consultation on IEP goals and services for grades preschool – 12th.
  • Conducted professional development on Response to Intervention, educational policies, interventions, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and core curriculum.
  • Designed, created, and implemented a data wall for the elementary school that resulted in identification of struggling students who then received interventions.
  • Selected, organized, administered, and managed curriculum-based assessments in reading, math, and writing for grades K-5.
  • Counseled students weekly in small groups and one-on-one.


May 2009 - August 2011 | University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised staff of twenty-five undergraduate students.
  • Developed, coordinated, and implemented 50 orientation sessions a year for new and transfer undergraduate students.
  • Redesigned the program format and advised the organization through the change.
  • Evaluated the program which resulted in approval for a budget extension, increase in staff, and overhaul of program elements.


March 2009- August 2011  |  Club Z Tutoring in Omaha, NE

  • Tutored high school students in foster care or in state care for drug-related charges.
  • Mentored students on personal issues and advocated for their needs in school.  

RESIDENTIAL MANAGER                       

January 2008-September 2008 | Developmental Services of Nebraska

  • Supervised staff and clients for an assisted living facility for persons with disabilities.
  • Tailored goals for clients, continually assessed their progress, and ensured they had the necessary resources.
  • Advocated for my staff, fostered a supportive work environment, and developed a manual for other managers.

BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST                                   

June 2007- January 2008 | Children’s Respite Care Center in Omaha, NE

  • Designed and implemented behavior intervention programs and lesson plans for preschool aged students with behavioral disorders.


January 2016 - December 2016 | Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Taught multiple sections of undergraduate Introduction to Psychology.
  • Designed a syllabus, series of lectures, projects, and assessments that aligned with the department’s desired student outcomes.
  • Initiated classroom management strategies to shape an inclusive classroom where students of all backgrounds felt empowered to participate.
  • Utilized Moodle as well as other technology tools to build student relationships, exchange information, and provide detailed student feedback
  • Identified ways to engage students in material by integrating current events, pop culture, and self-reflection into each class.
  • Advised students on strategies for studying, internship opportunities, adjustment to collegiate expectations, and future career plans.


January 2011 - December 2012 | University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Taught multiple sections of Introduction to Psychology for undergraduate students.
  • Designed a syllabus, series of lectures, projects, and assessments that aligned with the department’s desired student outcomes.  
  • Fostered an inclusive classroom environment where all students felt comfortable participating, sharing, and engaging in the material.
  • Utilized Blackboard as a tool to distribute information, engage in discussion, and provide timely feedback for student's work.
  • Maximized time in class for use of discussion and reflection to stimulate critical thinking.

TEACHING ASSISTANT                        

September 2008 - May 2009 | University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Taught weekly lectures that I authored to five sections of students per semester for an Introduction to Psychology course.
  • Facilitated discussion to encourage critical thinking around material and assessed student on all course outcomes.
  • Coached first year college students on study skills, collegiate norms, and adjusting to a new academic workload.


July 2015 - July 2017 | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Chaired annual leadership conference for 200 student leaders from across Iowa at Drake University.
  • Recruited, trained, and mobilized over 50 volunteers and an executive volunteer team.
  • Negotiated contracts with universities, businesses, and local organizations for over $20,000 of funding and resources.
  • Developed and implemented a three-day program.
  • Examined and evaluated outcomes of the program.


July 2013 - July 2017  | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • 2015 - 2017 Leadership Seminar Chair, liaison to board. Advocated for a team to the board to ensure we had funding, resources, support, and reported our progress and accomplishments.
  • 2014 - Secretary. Documented monthly meetings and participated in brainstorming.
  • 2013 -  Director of Fundraising. Assisted in developing a strategic plan and led fundraising efforts.


·August 2011 - August 2016 | Gamma Phi Beta Sorority                                    

  • Volunteered an average of 5-10 hours per week for the organization
  • Coached college women on event planning, member retention, positive relationships, budgeting, philanthropy effort, scholarship, and morale.
  • ·Mediated arguments between members and facilitated critical conversations.
  • Examined the chapter's policies, overhauled their bylaws and standards, and helped the women to implement meaningful changes for their organization.
  • Designed leadership training and supervised executive leadership meetings.


July 2012 - July 2015 | World Leadership Congress

  • Volunteered over 225 hours each year for the organization which puts on a week long leadership conference for over 400 students from around the world.
  • Designed program elements around the Social Change Model of Leadership for the conference and served as emcee.
  • Coached volunteers on facilitation skills, cultural competency, and fostered an environment of trust and fun within a team.  


July 2012- July 2015 | World Leadership Congress

  • Volunteered over 200 hours each year for the organization which puts on a week-long leadership conference for over 400 students from around the world.
  • Mentored students, facilitated conversations, and fostered teamwork for a group of high school students.

DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT                      

July 2014 - July 2015 | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • ·Spearheaded recruitment efforts and registered over 200 high school students from around the state of Iowa to attend a three-day conference.
  • Customized online forms using the Formstack application to keep track of registration paperwork for all participants. 

CO-DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING                      

August 2008 - May 2012 | Iowa Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Developed programming for an annual leadership conference for 200 high school student leaders from Iowa.
  • Recruited, coordinated, and directed content for 40 volunteer speakers each year.
  • Designed three days worth of panels, activities, and presentations to inspire thinking that focused on service, diversity, leadership, and creating change around the Social Change Model of Leadership.

GROUP FACILITATOR                                                     

2002 - August 2008 | Iowa Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Facilitated discussion and leadership activities for a group of high school students each year at a three-day leadership conference.

BIG SISTER MENTOR                                                                     

September 2002 - 2009 | Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor  

  • Mentored two little sisters through the organization.

First Place in the InnovateHer Cedar Rapids, IA Competition

2017 | InnovateHer Competition


International Volunteer of the Year Award

2016 | Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization


Fraternity and Sorority Outstanding Advisor Award  

2016 | University of Iowa


Invest In She Finalist

2016 | Iowa Women Lead Change