Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D.

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Affiliation: Envisia Learning

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Dr. Kenneth M. Nowack is a licensed psychologist (PSY 13758) and President/Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning Inc. (, a leading provider of assessment, training and development tools to coaches and consultants and President of LifeHub Inc. ( a corporate health and wellness provider. 

Ken has over twenty years of experience in the development and validation of talent management and human resource systems, assessment tools, organizational surveys, questionnaires, simulations, and tests. He has developed 360° feedback systems, assessment centers, employee selection, succession planning, performance appraisal, and management development training programs for a number of clients in the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Ken has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of 360 degree feedback systems, coaching, emotional intelligence, health psychology and behavioral medicine. He has also authored numerous assessment instruments and interactive software programs.

Ken received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles where he is a guest lecturer at the Anderson School of Management. Ken is also the Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting Psychology: Practice and Research.


Mashihi, S. & Nowack, K. (2013). Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don't Get It (2nd Edition). Envisia Learning, Inc.


Schoen, M. & Nowack, K. (2013). Reconditioning the Stress Response Reduces the Inflammatory Cytokine IL-6 and influences resilience: A Pilot Study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.12.004

Nowack, K. & Mashihi, S. (2012). Evidence Based Answers to 15 Questions about Leveraging 360-Degree Feedback. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 64, 3, 157–182.

Nowack, K. (2012). Emotional Intelligence: Defining and Understanding the Fad. Training and Development, 66, 60-63.

Giesser, B., Coleman, L., Fisher, S. Guttry, M., Herlihy, E., Nonoguchi, S., Nowack, D., Roberts, C., & Nowack, K. (2011). Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis: Comparisons of a 12-Week Blended Learning versus Direct Classroom Program.  National Multiple Sclerosis, Southern California & Nevada Chapter.

Nowack, K. (2009). Leveraging 360-Feedback to Facilitate Successful Behavioral Change. Consulting Psychology: Practice and Research, 61, 280-297.

Nowack, K. (2009). The Neurobiology of Leadership: Why Women Lead Differently Than Men. ESCI-UPF Negocios Internacionales, Paper presented at the Life09 I Congerso Internacional de Liderazgo Femenino, Barcelona, Spain.

Giesser, B., Coleman, L., Fisher, S., Guttry, M., Herlihy, E., Nonoguchi, S., Nowack, D., Roberts, C., & Nowack, K. (2007). Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis: Lessons Learned from a 12-Week Community Based Quality of Life Program. Paper presented at 17th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, March, 2007, San Francisco, CA.

Nowack, K. (2007). Using wellness coaching as a talent management tool.  Selection & Development, 23, 8-11.

Nowack, K. (2006). Optimising Employee Resilience: Coaching to Help Individuals Modify Lifestyle. Stress News, International Journal of Stress Management, Volume 18, 9-12.

Nowack, K. (2006). Emotional intelligence: Leaders Make a Difference. HR Trends, 17, 40-42.

Nowack, K. and Roberts, C. (2006). Chronic Illness and Spirituality: What Do You Believe? American Group Psychotherapy Association National Conference, San Francisco, February 2006.

Nowack, K. (2005). Longitudinal evaluation of a 360 degree feedback program: Implications for best practices. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Los Angeles, March 2005.

Nowack, K., Hartley, G, & Bradley, W. (1999). Evaluating results of your 360-degree feedback intervention. Training and Development, 53, 48-53.

Nowack, K.M. (1997). Self-ratings as a predictor of assessment center performance. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12 (5), 145-166.

Nowack, K. and Pentkowski, A. (1994). Lifestyle habits, substance use, and predictors of job burnout in professional working women. Work and Stress, 8, 19-35.

Nowack, K. (1992). Self-assessment and rater-assessment as a dimension of management development. Human Resources Development Quarterly, 3, 141-155.

Book Chapters

Nowack, K. (2013). Coaching for Stress: StressScan. Jonathan Passmore (Ed.), Psychometrics in Coaching, Association for Coaching, UK, pp. 305-324.

Nowack, K. (2000). Occupational stress management: Effective or not? In P. Schnall, K. Belkie, P. Landensbergis, & D. Baker (Eds.). Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, Hanley and Belfus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA., Vol 15, No. 1, pp. 231-233.

Nowack, K. (1999). 360-Degree feedback. In DG Langdon, KS Whiteside, & MM McKenna (Eds.), Intervention: 50 Performance Technology Tools, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, Inc., pp.34-46.


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