Allison Abbe

Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, SSL



Allison Abbe is Professor of Organizational Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Abbe’s research interests apply the behavioral sciences to strategic human capital management and talent development. In both her research and practitioner experiences, she has advanced how organizations assess and develop leadership, intercultural, and interpersonal skills in national security personnel. At the Army War College, she teaches courses in strategic leadership, defense management, inclusive leadership, and leading in multinational organizations. 

She previously served as a program manager and research psychologist in defense and intelligence organizations, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the interagency High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group. At the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, she transitioned research findings into evidence-based training and education for intelligence interviewing and interrogation. She has also been a research staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses, conducting studies and analyses for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force, and Army. Her research included the development of new methods for tracking joint experiences in Air Force officers. 

Prior to entering government service, Dr. Abbe was a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Washington University. She has also taught at Marymount University, George Mason University, and the University of California, Riverside. She holds a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. While completing her high school and undergraduate studies, she served as a student trainee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Dr. Abbe is a recipient of the Army’s 2009 Research and Development Achievement Award for her work on cross-cultural competence and the Army War College’s Excellence in Public Scholarship Award for her publications on gender and racial inclusion. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender ProfilingJoint Force QuarterlyGovernment ExecutiveWar RoomParametersMilitary Review, and Police Practice and Research