Taylor Peyton

Assistant Professor

Dr. Taylor Peyton uses her 14+ years of collaborative academic and practical experience in leadership, industrial/organizational psychology and entrepreneurship to work with the hearts and minds of employees. Working to connect research and practice, she advocates for using research-based techniques to help people develop into their best selves so they can be well, peacefully and highly effective at work.

Professor Peyton’s industry experience began over 10 years ago as an intern with a diversity and inclusion consulting firm, Jones & Associates, in San Diego.  Later she worked as a human resources research analyst at Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric. She went on to serve as a research associate at the Caster Center at the University of San Diego, a research center for nonprofits. Then, in 2014, she co-founded a leadership development and research services company, Valencore Consulting, a small firm based in San Diego. Today, she serves as Principal of the company. Clients include Ken Blanchard Companies, Pfizer, Nike, various universities, coffee shops and other small business.

Over the last 12 years, Taylor has taught several undergraduate and graduate level classes for The University of San Diego and San Diego State University, on subjects including human resource management, statistics, program evaluation, and research methods.  Through her work with Valencore, she also has significant experience facilitating leadership and soft-skills workshops for executives, entrepreneurs, and their teams.

Professor Peyton has presented over 40 academic research studies, organized research symposia, and/or volunteered on committees for ILA, SIOP, AHRD, European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology, International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, International Society for Third-Sector Research, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, and Academy of Management.

Taylor holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University.  As a Long Beach State University (LBSU) undergraduate, Taylor graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Summa Cum Laude honors, and played as a defensive specialist for LBSU’s Division I Women’s Volleyball team.  At LBSU, she studied as a President’s Scholar, the university’s premier academic scholarship program for national merit and valedictorian high school students. Her interests include psychology and organization behavior and she has a strong background in applied statistics, survey design, test construction and research methods.

Recent Publications

(See Roberts, former last name)

Zigarmi, D., Roberts, T. P., & Shuck, B. (2018). Motivation and Internal Frames of Reference: Do We Have the Wisdom to Help Employees Flourish at Work?. Advances in Developing Human Resources20(2), 127-132.

Shuck, B., Roberts, T.P., & Zigarmi, D. (2018). Employee perceptions of the work environment, motivational outlook, and work intentions: An HR practitioner’s dream or nightmare?. Advances in Developing Human Resources20(2), 197-213.

Zigarmi, D., Nimon, K, Shuck, B., & Roberts, T.P. (2018, in press). A model for the formation of employee work passion: A summary of findings and future directions. In Vallerand, R.J. & Houlfort, N. (Eds.) Passion for Work: Determinants and Consequences. Oxford Handbook of Work Passion.

Zigarmi, D., & Roberts, T P. (2017). A test of three basic assumptions of the Situational Leadership II Model and their implications for HRD practitioners. European Journal of Training & Development, 41, (3), 241-260. doi:10.1108/EJTD-05-2016-0035

Zigarmi, D., Galloway, F., & Roberts, T. P. (2016). Work locus of control, motivational outlooks, employee work passion, and work intentions: A field test of an appraisal model. On-line first 19 Nov, Journal of Happiness Studies. doi:10.1007/s10902-016-9813-2

Zigarmi, D., Roberts, T. P., & Randolph, A. (2015). Employees’ perceived use of leader power and implications for affect and work intentions. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 26, (4), 359-384. doi: 10.1002/hrdq.21216

Roberts, T. P., & Zigarmi, D. (2014). The impact of dispositional cynicism on job-specific affect and work intentions. International Journal of Psychology, 49(5), 381-389. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12051