David M Wallace

David M Wallace

David M Wallace

Adjunct Faculty

Leadership Leader Development Leadership Development Leader/ship Development Assessment Leader Coaching Organizational research and statistical methods in I/O Psychology

Dr David M. Wallace, has a PhD in industrial-organizational psychology, specializing in leadership and leader development. He is a 1996 graduate of the US Naval Academy and spent nearly twenty years as surface warfare officer in the Navy. As a naval officer, he led teams of various size and organizational levels from leading a single division on a Navy ship to commanding multiple teams operating simultaneously on naval ships across the Middle East. He holds a PhD in Industrial- Organizational Psychology and is serves full time as the Admiral Jay L. Johnson Professor of Leadership and Ethics at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he is the chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law.

Current Research


Individual Differences in Leader Development

Selected Publications

Wallace, D. M., Torres, E. M. & Zaccaro, S. J. (Accepted for publication) Just what do we think we’re doing? Exploring learning outcomes of leader development. The Leadership Quarterly.


Wallace, D. M., Zaccaro, S. J., & Hedrick, K. N. (2020). Coaching leaders for continuous learning. In M. London (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.


Ledford, A. & Wallace, D. M. (In Press) A history of leadership.  In Wray, R., Ledford, A., Mustin, J., LeClair, T. (Eds.). Saltwater Leadership, 2nd Edition. Naval Institute Press.


Wallace, D. M., Luning, C. R., Ledford, A., Rosenstein, J. E., & Cyr-Roman, B. (2020). A culture of respect: Leader development and preventing destructive behavior.  Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 13(2), 225-229.


Green, J. P., Dalal, R. S., Swigart, K. L., Bleiberg, M. A., Wallace, D. M., & Hargrove, A. K. (2019). Personality consistency and situational influences on behavior. Journal of Management, 45, 3204–3234.https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206318781950


Green, J. P., Wallace, D. M., & Hargrove, A. K. (2016). Exploring workplace resilience through a personality strength lens.  Industrial Organizational Psychology: Perspectives from Science and Practice, 9, 447–452. http://doi.org/10.1017/iop.2016.37

Courses Taught

Jul 2017 – Present     Permanent Military Professor, US Naval Academy

            NL 310, Leadership Theory and Application [Course Director]

            NL485B, Applied Data Science for Personnel Management

            NL486C, Psychology of Teams

            NL 311, Psychology of Leadership

Jul 2019 – Present     Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University

            PSYC 601, Applied Data Analysis in Psychology I

Sep 2016 – Present   Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Baltimore County

            PSCY 672, Introductory Statistics for I/O Psychology

            PSYC 683, Advanced Statistics for I/O Psychology


PhD, Industrial Organizational Psychology - George Mason University

MA, Industrial Organizational Psychology - George Mason University

MS, Information Technology Management - Naval Postgraduate School

BS, Economics - US Naval Academy