Robert Hicks

Clinical Professor - Executive Education
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Professional Preparation

PhD - Educational Psychology
University of Southern California - 1978
MSc - Educational Psychology
University of Southern California - 1972
BA - Music Ed & Performance
California State University at Los Angeles - 1971

Research Areas

Professional Profile

Dr. Hicks is a licensed Psychologist with extensive experience teaching and managing complex organizational behavior and organizational development issues. Skilled communicator, facilitator, educator, and consultant with recognized expertise in leadership development, he also has experience with executive coaching; organizational change; team development; and selection and assessment. Dr. Hicks serves as an executive coach to C-suite and senior managers in fortune 500 companies as well as to the clinical and administrative leadership of major health systems and academic medical centers.


Hicks, R. F., (2017). The Process of Highly Effective Coaching:  An evidence-based framework. New York: Routledge. 2017 - Publication
Hicks R. (2016). A Coach-Like Selection Interview. Physician Leadership Journal 3 (6), 62-64 2016 - Publication
Hicks R. (2015). Are You a Narcissist? Physician Leadership Journal 2, 1 2015 - Publication
Hicks, R. F., (2014). Coaching as a Leadership Style:  The Art and Science of Coaching Conversations for Healthcare Professionals. New York: Routledge. 2014 - Publication
Birkman Coaching Report, Birkman International, 2006 2006 - Publication
Self-Managing Teams, Creating and Maintaining Self-Managed Work Groups, Crisp Publications, 1990 1990 - Publication


Associate Faculty
UT Southwestern Medical Center [2012–Present]
Clinical Professor of Organizational Behavior
University of Texas at Dallas [2004–Present]
Director;Organizational Behavior, Coaching, and Consulting
University of Texas at Dallas [2004–Present]


Improving Physician Leadership
2016–2016 Texas Health Resources, Bedford TX
Behavioral Inquiry and Interviewing
2008–2008 UT Southwestern Clinical Chairs, Dallas TX, February 2008
Coaching Education in Academia
2007–2007 Academy of Management Annual Conference, Philadelphia PA, August 2007
Using Assessments in Coaching
2015–2015 The Hartford, Harford CT
Motivational Styles: Motivating Others to Follow
2008–2008 UT Southwestern Clinical Chairs, Dallas TX, January 2008

Additional Information

Professional Licensure
  • Psychologist - PSY 6692, California State Board of Consumer Affairs 1979
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • President, Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching, 2005 - 07
  • American Psychological Association
  • Division 13 of the APA: Consulting Psychologists
  • California Psychological Association
  • Society for Psychologists in Management
  • American Society of Training and Development
  • The International Coach Federation
Awards and Recognition

The International Prism Award by the International Coach Federation for excellence in business achievement through coaching as a leadership strategy, 2006