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Paul Gondek, PhD

Paul Gondek, PhD

Adjunct Teaching Professor (Psychology), Visiting Research Professor (Chemistry)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Department of Chemistry


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Psychiatric Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1979
  • Master of Science, Statistics, University of Connecticut, 1979
  • Master of Arts, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1978
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology, Drexel University, 1974

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Social Psychology of Social Issues
  • Team and Group Dynamics
  • Caregiver/Patient Interactions
  • Science of Team Science
  • PTSD
  • The Impact of Culture on Social Processes


Paul Gondek is an Adjunct Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. He was previously Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and taught consulting courses in LeBow College of Business. He has also conducted projects with the Drexel Solutions Institute. He was co-PI on the NSF grant, “Creative Disciplinary Research in Graduate Education” in which he served as the team dynamics expert. Dr. Gondek has a prior affiliation with Drexel, as he was an undergraduate from 1970 to 1974, graduating with a BS in Psych/Soc/Anthro.

Prior to coming to Drexel as adjunct faculty, Dr. Gondek had a 35-year career in business. During those years he worked in market research, marketing, and new product development on a global scale. For 12 of those years he worked in manufacturing businesses; for 15 he was owner of the boutique consulting firm, Gondek & Associates; for the remaining years he held senior positions in companies that consulted to the lifesciences industries. His areas of expertise included consumer foods and other consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics, and more. He has conducted business research and consulting in many countries on four continents.

Professor Paul’s teaching and scholarly interests are in all areas of Social Psychology, especially group and team dynamics, caregiver relationships, and the social psychology of social issues. His teaching focuses on the everyday impact of the social environment on the individual; whether that environment be small (family, roommates, close friends) or large (cultures, racial/ethnic groups, patient groups). He works to enable students to understand social psychology not only as an academic subject, but as describing the sea of social interaction in which we swim, and the techniques for successfully navigating that sea. Dr. Gondek also pursues this work as a Liberty Scholar Mentor.

Finally, Dr. Gondek is an active member of the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors, of which he is an Emeritus Member.

Selected Publications:

Selected Publications, Presentations and Workshops

  • Talia Hurwich, Diana Nicholas, Fraser F. Fleming, Paul Gondek, Jennifer Katzbuonincontro, Daniel King (2023)“Designing and Iterating for Interdisciplinary, Creative Research in Graduate Teams” International Journal of Designs for Learning
  • Elaine Perignat, Fraser F. Fleming, Diana Nicholas, Daniel King, Jen Katz- Buonincontro & Paul Gondek (2022): “Effective Practices for High Performing Interdisciplinary Faculty Teams”, College Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2022.2086525. Published online June 2022.
  • Paul Gondek, Elaine Perignat, Fraser Fleming, Diana Nicholas, Jen Katz-Buonicontro, & Dan King “Developing an Interdisciplinary Minor in Team-Based Creativity” Poster. National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education Meeting. Washington, DC. January 2020
  • PMRG Institute, October, 2013 – Poster – “How to Improve Medication Adherence: Applying Lessons Learned from Onboarding Financial Investors” with Steven DiCarlo, Fidelity, VP Personal Investing
  • Paul Gondek (October 2002) Guest Editor: VISIONS (PDMA magazine) Special Issue: Global NPD: Making It Work, Vol. XXVI, No. 4
  • Paul C. Gondek (January 2001) “So the Product is Developed, Now What? Lessons in Managing Critical Launch and Life Cycle Issues.” VISIONS (PDMA magazine) Special Issue on the 2000 PDMA International Conference. Vol. XXV, No. 1: 10;18.
  • Evelyn Bromet, David Parkinson, Herbert Schulberg, Leslie Dunn, and Paul Gondek (1982) “Mental Health of Residents Near the Three Mile Island Reactor: A Comparative Study of Selected Groups.” Journal of Preventive Psychiatry 1: 225-276.
  • Paul Gondek (1981) “What You See May Not Be What You Think You Get: Discriminant Analysis in Statistical Packages.” Educational and Psychological Measurement 41: 267-282.
  • Paul Gondek, Evelyn Bromet, and Leslie Dunn (September 1980) “Mental health worker beliefs about nuclear power following the Three Mile Island incident.” Presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Montreal.
  • J. B. Cohen, Evelyn Bromet, Paul Gondek, Victoria Ed, and Herbert Schulberg (June, 1980) “Social networks and the mental health of Three Mile Island residents.” Presented at Society for Epidemiologic Research Conference, Minneapolis.
  • Paul Gondek, and Karl Hakmiller, (1979) “Induced Physiological Arousal, Evaluation of Affective Stimuli, and Emotional Experience.” Presented at American Psychological Association, Conference, New York.
  • Paul Gondek and Karl Hakmiller (April 1977) “Stimulus Content, Induced Physiological Arousal, and Differential Affective Labeling.” Presented at Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts.