Dnika J. Travis, PhD, is a researcher, educator, and expert in leadership and communication effectiveness, organizational change, and workplace diversity and inclusion. Dnika leads Catalyst’s research on gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace. She also serves as a Center Leader for the Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice. In both areas, Dnika develops and delivers recognized research agendas, serves as a primary investigator on selected Catalyst studies, and leads large, multi-year research projects. Dnika has been widely published, and her research has been funded by several foundations and government branches.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Dnika was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Social Work. She maintains an affiliation with UT as a Fellow, leading research on employee voice, inclusion, and retention in health and human services. She is also a consulting editor for AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.
Dnika earned her PhD in social work from the University of Southern California, MSW in community organization and program evaluation from the University of Michigan, and BA in sociology from Hampton University.