Dnika Travis, PhD

Vice President, Research, Catalyst

Dr. Dnika J. Travis is a recognized researcher, educator, and change leader. At Catalyst, Travis leads research initiatives and manages content creation. Travis’ renowned research on emotional tax experienced by people of color at work, along with her expertise on engaging in tough conversations across differences, have been widely published and featured in top-tier media outlets such as CNN, Fortune, and NBC News. Most recently, Travis co-authored the reports, “Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership: Why Change Starts With You” and “Interrupting Sexism at Work What Drives Men to Respond Directly or Do Nothing.” Prior to joining Catalyst, Travis was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and conducted research on employee voice, leadership effectiveness, and organizational change. Travis earned her PhD from University of Southern California, MSW from the University of Michigan, and BA from Hampton University.