Sam Hunter

Strategic Advisor

Sam Hunter is a professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Head of Strategic Operations at the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Education, and Technology (NCITE)Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. His research focuses on leadership and innovation, spanning both malevolent and benevolent application. Prior to joining NCITE and UNO, Sam was a Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Penn State University for 14 years, where he directed the PhD program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

He has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal papers, books, and book chapters, and his work has been cited more than 6000 times. 

  • He has received more than 9 million dollars as PI or Co-PI from funding sources such as the Office of Naval Research, the UK Home Office, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation. 
  • As a consultant, his applied clients include USAID, Arkema, Oakley, Lockheed Martin, Epic Games, and NATO. 
  • Sam’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Voice of America, Fortune Magazine,, Fastcompany, MSN, Yahoo, CNN, and the Week magazine. 
  • He has been awarded top reviewer awards, best paper awards, and editor’s choice awards for his academic work.
  • Sam lives with his wife Dr. Melissa Hunter and daughter Celia in Omaha, Nebraska.  He is a big, often disappointed, fan of the Detroit Tigers (his hometown) and has a penchant for custom Chuck Taylor shoes. His pitbull Chase loves his wife more than him, but Chase is still his favorite dog and objectively the best good boy.