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Nathan Gerard

Nathan Gerard joined the HCA faculty in fall 2015 as an assistant professor. His scholarly work explores the changing relationship between the individual and the organization with a specific focus on topics of motivation, meaning, creativity,  care, and alienation at work. 


Dr. Gerard received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University; he also lectured at Columbia University and was a visiting scholar at the London Business School. He also holds a master's degree in philosophy from Kings College London, and a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University.

Research Interests

Dr. Gerard’s work in the health care field spans two continents and involves initiatives in organizational development, group dynamics, and change management in the public, private, and charitable sectors.


  • HCA 312 Health Personnel Management
  • HCA 410 Health Management and Organization
  • HCA 698 Project


  1. Gerard, N. (2020). Psychoanalysis: Neglected ally in an emerging “critical healthcaremanagement studies” (CHMS)? Journal of Health Organization and Management, 34(2),173-180.
  2. Gerard, N. (2019). Cursed creatives: Alienation, sublimation, and the plight ofcontemporary creative work. Culture and Organization. Advance online publication.
  3. Gerard,N.(2019).Reparationcompulsion:Theorizingthepitfallsofguilt-drivenlabor. Organization Studies, 41(5), 621-639.
  4. Gerard, N. (2019). Perils of professionalization: Chronicling a crisis and renewing thepotentialofhealthcare management.Health Care Analysis,27(4),269-288.
  5. Gerard,N.(2019).Millennialmanagers:Exploringthenextgenerationoftalent. Leadership in Health Services, 32(3), 364-386.
  6. Gerard,N.(2018).Realwork,revisited:Renewingthepsychoanalyticstudyofwork. Organisational and Social Dynamics, 18(1), 20-40.
  7. Gerard,N.(2018).Recognizingthehuman:ApsychoanalyticengagementwithHRManditsdiscontents.Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 18(2),363-370.
  8. Gerard, N. (2018). Universal healthcare and universal basic income: Complementaryproposals for a precarious future. Journal of Health Organization and Management,32(3),394-401.
  9. Gerard,N.(2017).Somuchmorethanajob:Apsychoanalyticexplorationofhealthcarework.European Journal of Environment and Public Health,1(2), 1-6.
  10. Gerard, N. (2017). Handmaidens to capitalism. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10(3),410-414.
  11. Gerard,N.(2017).Deadfamilyworking.International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 20(3),363-390.
  12. Gerard, N. (2017). Rethinking compassion fatigue. Journal of Health Organization and Management,31(3),363-368.
  13. Gerard, N. (2017). “Marx was right”: Lessons from Lewin. The Industrial- Organizational Psychologist, 54(4),83-86.
  14. Gerard, N. (2017). Can millennials talk about death?: Young adults’ perceptions of end-of-lifecare.Journal of Health Administration Education, 34(1),23-48.
  15. Gerard, N. (2016). Toward a critical industrial-organizational psychology. The Industrial- Organizational Psychologist, 54(2).
  16. Gerard, N. (2014). Confronting the real identity crisis. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 51(4),40-43.
  17. Gerard, N. (2014). Searching for capitalism. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 51(3),85-86.
  18. Mitchinson, A., Gerard, N., Roloff, K., & Burke, W. (2012). Learning agility: Spanningthe rigor-relevance divide. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5(3), 287-290.
  19. Mitchinson, A., Gerard, N., Roloff, K., & Burke, W. (2012). Learning about learningagility.PaperpublishedintheBestPaperProceedingsattheAcademy of Management.Boston,MA.
  20. Gerard, N. (2010). A diagnosis of conflict: Theoretical barriers to integration in mentalhealth services & their philosophical undercurrents. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 5(4).