Dr. Tamara Lyn (Tammy) has applied her unique experience and insights into all aspects of leadership and professional development during decades of service in high intensity settings. Tammy served in a variety of clinical and executive leadership roles in corrections, including oversight of all psychology programs in the Bureau of Prisons between 2015 and 2020. Her career culminated in the role of Warden, where she was one of a very small cohort of women in the position. Working as a Warden during a global pandemic, Tammy developed deep insights into crisis management for teams and individuals, fostered psychological safety, and taught skills for resilience and learning agility.
Tammy’s current work as an executive coach and consulting psychologist focuses on high impact, high stakes leadership roles. Her interventions are grounded in positive psychology and a systems orientation.
Tammy is a licensed psychologist and holds a Master’s and a PhD in psychology from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is Board certified as a specialist in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology (OBCP) and serves on the OBCP Board of Directors. She is also an elected member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She was recently elected as an APA Fellow in divisions representing public service psychology (Division 18) and consulting psychology (Division 13) in recognition of outstanding contributions to psychology.
Tammy’s most recent article, “The Surprising Journey from Psychologist to Warden,” was published in Psychological Services, the journal of APA’s Division 18, Public Service Psychology, in December 2022.