Dr. Lubna Somjee

Principal of Lubna Somjee, Ph.D. since 2005, Dr. Somjee is an award winning psychologist and executive coach. She launched her business with a vision harnessing science to support people and organization to grow and thrive. All with a thread of diversity and inclusion throughout her work.

As an executive coach, she leverages her knowledge of business, psychology, leadership development and organizational functioning to maximize professional, or leadership, growth for those at varying stages of their career, or business. Additionally, she serves as an actionable thought partner to help develop vibrant boards and organizations to stay ahead of the curve, and tackle internal challenges. A specialized area includes her work with professionals of color to navigate challenges in the workplace, and works with companies to establish diverse + inclusive work environments.

Dr. Somjee is a licensed psychologist with significant experience and training in providing individual and couple’s psychotherapy.  Additionally, she has a sub-specialty in health psychology working with people managing chronic medical issues including heart disease, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders etc.  Dr Somjee has also supported developments of  innovative models of integrated healthcare in medical settings.

She has made significant contributions to leadership, diversity, healthcare, and advocacy efforts, and received numerous awards as a result. She is sought out to speak to audiences about leadership, the workplace, diversity and inclusion, psychology, and integrated healthcare. Additionally, Dr. Somjee has been featured in media outlets ranging from NPR to FastCompany, and held a thirteen year column.

She obtained her BA in psychology from Saint Louis University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota, and two postdoctoral fellowships from Yale School of Medicine.

Professional service

  •  Consulting Psychology Journal – Editorial Board Reviewer, Society of Consulting Psychology
  • Professionals of Color Network (Hudson Valley)  – Founder
  • Society for Consulting Psychologists Diversity and Inclusion Committee, American Psychological Association
  • Leadership Dutchess Executive Committee, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Women’s Leadership Alliance Executive Committee, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Committee on Trustees, Poughkeepsie Day School
  • American Heart Association’s Better U Program Speaker, Hudson Valley Region American Heart Association
  • Author, ‘Mindful Living’ column, for the Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Co-Chair, Health Care Reform Task Force, New York State Psychological Association
  • Co-Chair, Health Reform Task Force, American Psychological Association Division 31 (State, Provincial & Territorial Affairs)
  • Hudson Valley Psychological Association
  • Stakeholder representative (NYSPA), New York State Health Benefit Exchange Regional Advisory Committee
  • Media Ambassador, New York State Psychological Association
  • Elected Legislative Representative to New York State Psychological Association Legislative Committee
  • Elected to Council of Representatives, New York State Psychological Association

Awards / Honors

  • Athena International Leadership Award
  • Pioneer Award, Saint Louis University
  • Juno Women’s Leadership Residency, Omega Women’s Leadership Center
  • Media Award, Mental Health American of Dutchess County
  • New York State Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Diversity Delegate, New York State Psychological Association
  • Excellence in Psychology Award, Hudson Valley Psychological Association