Gina Scott Ligon

Director of National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE); Jack and Stephanie Koraleski Professor of Collaboration Science, UNO
University of Nebraska Omaha

Gina Ligon is the director of the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining University of Nebraska Omaha, she was a full time faculty member at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. She also worked as a Director of Performance Consulting at St. Louis-based Psychological Associates. Her research program focuses on the identification and development of high level talent; she has specific expertise in innovation and leadership, and has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. Organizational structures and leadership in non-normative organizations (e.g., violent ideological) are also of interest to her.


  • University of Oklahoma, Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology with emphasis in Measurement and Statistics, 2004
  • University of Oklahoma, M.S., Experimental Psychology, 2002
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2000
  • Best Paper Award, Development of Outstanding Leadership, Presented by The Center for Creative Leadership and The Leadership Quarterly Journal Editorial Board, 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Award Finalist, Villanova University, 2011
Professional Experience:
  • University of Nebraska Omaha, Assistant Professor, 2012-Present
  • Villanova University, Assistant Professor, 2006-2012
  • Psychological Associates Consulting, 2004-2012

Researcher on START Projects

Selected Publications

L.E.A.D.I.R. Key Findings (Research Brief)