Jessica Gallus

Forefront Director of Programs and Partnerships
PhD (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), University of Connecticut

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Dr. Jessica Gallus is the Director of Programs and Partnerships for Forefront Suicide Prevention. Prior to her current role, she served as Deputy Director of the Air Force’s Resilience Office, where she oversaw policy and program development to address resilience and violence prevention and response. Dr. Gallus also held leadership positions in various U.S. Army agencies. At the U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Office, she managed a multimillion dollar research program on sexual harassment and assault prevention and advised senior leaders on strategic prevention initiatives. Before SHARP, Dr. Gallus was a Fellow with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group where she led research on the non-cognitive capabilities (e.g., trust, resilience, and professionalism) needed for effective individual and team performance. She started her Army career at the U.S. Army Research Institute (ARI), where she managed research programs aimed at creating the capabilities needed for Joint, Interagency, and Multinational contexts.

Prior to entering public service, Dr. Gallus was a human capital consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, the Leadership Research Institute, and PepsiCo’s Organization and Management Development group. In these roles, she supported clients on talent management initiatives to include 360-degree feedback coaching, human capital strategic planning, survey design and implementation, and succession management for the senior executive workforce. Dr. Gallus has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Manhattan College.



Professional Interests:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Resilience
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Incivility
  • Toxic leadership
  • Culture change