Rebecca Badawy
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration


Mervis 382A


Rebecca Badawy received her PhD in Organization and Human Resources from the School of Management at SUNY Buffalo and holds an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Rebecca currently teaches the Managing in Complex Environment (MCE) undergraduate course, and has a background of teaching Leadership at the undergraduate and MBA levels.

Her research focuses on social influence, impression management, individual self-concepts, identity, and leadership. Her current area of exploration is the impostor phenomenon, which she studies in both academic and business contexts. Her work on the impostor phenomenon has appeared in popular press outlets including Vice news, Yahoo: Lifestyle, Psychology Today, Science Daily, Red Door, Fatherly, and various other international outlets in the UK, Germany, and China.

She is passionate about teaching and helping shape future generations and dedicates herself to upholding the core values of diversity and inclusion, human dignity, integrity, collegiality, public engagement, and most importantly, the centrality of students. At her previous institution, she coordinated the undergraduate Leadership Certificate program and advised the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Professional Service and Activities

  • Midwest Academy of Management, Board Member


  • PhD, Management, SUNY Buffalo
  • MA, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Psychology, SUNY Buffalo

Recent Publications

Awards & Honors

  • Research Professorship Award – Youngstown State University, 2020, 2016, 2015
  • Mahoning Valley Young Professionals 25 under 35 – 2019
  • Distinguished Professor Award for Service – Youngstown State University, 2018-2019
  • Best Review Award – Southern Management Association 2018 – HR & Research Methods Track
  • Best Paper Award – Southern Management Association 2016 – HR Track

Academic Area

Organizations and Entrepreneurship