Meredith Wells Lepley

Sociology Expert

Meredith is a workplace consultant who focuses on assessing employee engagement and organizational practices, diagnosing organizational problems, training organizations and employees on workplace topics, and changing organizations for the better. Certified in both Prosci and The Change Cycle, Meredith has special expertise in helping employees and organizations through change. She also works on issues such as leadership, workplace communication, employee engagement, customer service, the multigenerational workforce, and workplace design. She has worked with clients such as Toyota, the U.S. Army, Logan Aluminum, LG&E and KU, Ashland, the University of Kentucky, Brown-Forman, 3M, Community Action Council, Lexington Parking Authority, LifeWay, Darley America, and Millennium Farms.

Meredith is on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where she teaches students in the online Masters in Applied Psychology Program how to use research to solve business problems. She currently has the position of Senior Organizational Strategist at Miller Consultants, and prior to this worked at both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. As Director of Research and Consulting at UK’s Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin), she guided iwin’s research program, conducted organizational surveys and assessments, and consulted for organizations in Kentucky, Texas, and Canada. A tenured psychology professor at Eastern Kentucky University, she was honored with the EKU National Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award.

Meredith’s research has examined workplace issues such as flexibility, the aging workforce, workspace personalization, pets in the workplace, and worksite health promotion. Her work has been published in academic journals including The Psychologist-Manager Journal, The Journal of Environmental Psychology, Environment and Behavior, and The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Moreover, her work has been featured in popular media outlets including The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today and National Public Radio, as well as newspapers and radio programs in the United States, England, and Canada. She has also served as the editor of the work-life column of Business Lexington.

Meredtih holds a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.