Ariel Finch Bernstein


Ariel Finch Bernstein is a senior PhD candidate of Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education. As a scholar and practitioner, Ariel integrates his background in executive coaching with his academic interest in workplace stereotypes: his current research explores the influence of diversity on coaching engagements.

In addition to his doctoral studies, Ariel teaches Organizational Psychology as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Barnard College; serves as a Graduate Assistant to the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership at Teachers College; and consults independently to enterprises seeking organizational change efforts.

Ariel holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and was clinically trained at New York University, where he earned a masters degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness. When not performing literature reviews, Ariel is likely watching his beloved Golden State Warriors; running in Central Park; or dreaming of carne asada burritos from his hometown San Diego.


Measuring the Impact of Race in Coaching: An examination of whether coaches exhibit bias when working with clients of color
Do coaches have the skillsets necessary for effective partnership with an increasingly diverse workforce? Such inquiry remains unexamined, yet research from similar disciplines casts doubt. Drawing on these findings, a study was designed that confirmed White coaches-in-training provided less constructive feedback and engaged in fewer race-based conversations with Black clients than White clients. Significant implications hold for the coaching community. Future scholars should seek to replicate these findings with a larger sample of coaching practitioners.

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