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About Laura

Dr. Laura McHale (PsyD, MIA, CPsychol, ABC) is a business and leadership psychologist, communications specialist, and accredited executive coach.  Laura's work focuses on translating neuroscience to organizations in order to improve communication and organizational health. A 15-year veteran of the financial services industry (in New York and Hong Kong), she now spends her time helping executives and organizations reduce stress and burnout, increase engagement, and make work a more awesome experience.


Dr. McHale's recent publications and speaking engagements include:

  • McHale, L. (2022). Neuroscience for organizational communication: A guide for communicators and leaders. Palgrave Macmillan. Available on Amazon or SpringerLink 

  • Talking about menopause at work might be a game changer for women’s leadership. South China Morning Post, 4 September 2021

  • Applying neuroscience to your corporate communication - World Conference of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), 28-30 June 2021

  • Tips from neuroscience for improving organisational communications (and alleviating Zoom fatigue!) - British Psychological Society online workshop, 24 May 2021

  • Transforming the practice of corporate communications using neuroscience – IABC Converge Conference, 20 and 21 April 2021

  • Neuroscience of communication - Wanda Wallace’s “Out of the Comfort Zone” podcast, 31 October 2020 

  • Neuroscience of corporate communication - Manulife Asia Pacific communications conference, 22 October 2020

  • Adaptive leadership with Dr. Laura McHale - Change Management Network Meetup Hong Kong, 13 August 2020

  • Stress resilience during the coronavirus - Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific podcast, “Ask the Expert,” 11 May 2020

  • The psychology of culture: New perspectives on talent management - Andrews Partnership HR Forum, Hong Kong, December 2019

  • Glass cliffs, deadbeats, and social loafers - Credit Suisse APAC Women’s Network, Hong Kong, November 2019

  • Making change stick: The communications prerogative - American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, February 2014

  • Helping managers engage employees in complex organizations - American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, May 2013

  • The medium is the message: Manager communications in complex organizations - Melcrum’s Leader & Manager Communication Summit, Sydney, Australia, July 2011

  • Communicating corporate strategy in the crisis era - Melcrum’s Strategic Communications Management Summit Asia, Singapore, April 2011

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