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Professor of Organizational Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha

Dr. Sam Hunter is a professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Lead of Strategic Operations at the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center. Prior to joining NCITE in the summer of 2021, he spent 14 years at Penn State University where he earned tenure and was promoted to full professor, also serving as director of the PhD program for his last eight years in State College. During his time at Penn State, Sam was a fellow in the International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST) and is currently a fellow at the International Society for the Study of Creativity and Innovation (ISSCI). Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on leadership and innovation, with a particular focus on malevolent acts within those phenomena. As an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, he engaged in applied work with organizations such as Lockheed Martin, Oakley, NATO, U.S. Marine Corp., Epic Games, Johnson & Johnson, Del Monte, and United Airlines. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal papers, books, and book chapters and has been cited more than 5300 times with an h-index of 37 and an i10 index of 60. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for two journals and is on the editorial board of four. His research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, American Psychologist, Leadership Quarterly, and the Creativity Research Journal. He has received more than 3.5 million dollars as PI or Co-PI from funding sources such as the Office of Naval Research, the UK Home Office, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation. Sam earned his PhD in I-O Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha


  • 2007 
    University of Oklahoma, Organizational Psychology