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Dr. Cathy Bush has recently joined UCF as a Lecturer in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics. She has had a fulfilling career as a consultant, speaker, author, and professor of leadership and organizational behavior, with a mission to help leaders create great workplaces for everyone who works in the business and with the business. She is the co-author of The Demotivated Employee: Helping Leaders Solve the Motivation Crisis That is Plaguing Business (Bush & Peters, 2020) and has consulted with leaders in a wide range of industries, including various manufacturing, healthcare, and other service organizations of all sizes around the world.  She has also served in various academic leadership roles as a professor and administrator of graduate and undergraduate business, psychology, and healthcare administration in several universities. Dr. Bush earned her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University, and has shared her expertise as a speaker in various conferences and professional forums.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership behaviors that impact employee outcomes
  • Human behavior in the workplace (motivation, productivity, teamwork)
  • Assessment (performance management, selection, psychometric)


Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Central Michigan University


Research Interests

  • The impact of leadership behaviors on creating an inclusive workplace (grounded theory research project currently underway)
  • Leadership behaviors that impact employee motivation and demotivation (research project completion expected in Fall 2021)


  • School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA)Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics (2021)
  • UCF Excellence in Research Award, CCIE Level Awardee (2021)
  • UCF Women’s History Month Honoree (2020)
  • Article (13 Rules that Expire!) featured in The Best of Teaching Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Mathematics Teacher on Questions, Discourse, and Evidence. Issue 1. Reprint from original article which appeared in Teaching Children Mathematics in 2014. (2019)
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Early Career Award (2018)
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