William Bernstein, PhD

William Bernstein specializes in identifying through multivariate statistical methods the predictors of high performance in a wide variety of management, technical, and sales force jobs. He uses a variety of database software tools and consulting services to aid human resource and line managers in tracking and improving the performance of individuals and groups. He was a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst for many years and is an expert in coaching high level managers and CEOs.

Dr. Bernstein has worked for twenty years as a consultant to a wide variety of private and public sector organizations in North America and Europe. He has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow in Social and Organizational Psychology at Columbia University. He has been a member of the psychology faculty at Columbia University and New Mexico State University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.


Bernstein, W.M. (2015). A basic and applied model of the body-mind system. In, G.H.E. Gendolla, et al (Eds.). Handbook of Biobehavioral Approaches to Self-Regulation: 387-418. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Bernstein, W.M. (2014). The Realisation of Concepts; Infinity, Cognition, and Health. London:Routledge.

Bernstein, W.M. (2012). Diagnosing mental illness. Archives of Medical Psychology,3, (12): 45-59.

Bernstein, W.M. (2011). A Basic Theory of Neuropsychoanalysis. London:Routledge.

Bernstein, W.M.(2003). Empowerment: A task for the self, not the organization. Organization Development Journal . Vol 21 (1): 75-80.

Bernstein, W.M. (2001). Alternating patient posture. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, Vol 24 (3):309-334.

Bernstein, W.M. (1995). On integrating cognitive and motivational explanations in psychology. In, A. Osterwegal & R.A. Wicklund (Eds.). The Self in European and North American Culture: Development and Processes: 159-168. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.

Bernstein, W.M. & Burke, W.W. (1989) Modeling organizational meaning systems. In, R.W. Woodman & Passmore (Eds.). Research in Organization Change and Development (Vol 3): 117-150. Connecticut: JAI Press.

Bernstein, W.M. (1987). Theoretical thinking and organization development: A review of “Stream Analysis” by J. Porras. Academy of Management Executive (2): 154-156.

Manderlink G., Clark.,L.P., Bernstein. W.M. & Burke, W.W. (1985). Management behavior, group climate and performance appraisal at NASA. In O.L. Baskin & L.J. Sullivan (Eds.), R&D Productivity: New Challenges for the US Space Program: 51-62. Clear Lake, Texas: University of Houston.

Bernstein, W.M. (1984). Denial and self-defense. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, Vol 7 (3):423-457.

Bernstein, W.M., Stephenson, B.O., Snyder, M.L. & Wicklund, R.A. (1983). Causal ambiguity and heterosexual affiliation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78-92.

Bernstein, W.M. & Davis, M.H. (1982). Perspective-taking, self-consciousness, and accuracy in person perception. Basic and Applied Social Psychology. 3: 1-19.

Bernstein, W.M., Spence, J.T., Helmreich, R.L. & Snell, B. (1980). Egotism and the agentic personality. Representative Research in Social Psychology, 3: 1-19.

Bernstein, W.M., Stephan, W.G., & Davis, M.H. (1979). Explaining attributions for achievement: A path analytic approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 37: 1810-1821.


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