Lynn Redenbach, Ph.D. is a 2022 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Lynn Redenbach at her Dissertation Defense.

From L-R: Dr. Jon Wergin, Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Debra Pearce-McCall, Committee Member.

Dissertation Committee

  • Jon Wergin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Debra Pearce-McCall, Ph.D., Committee Member


Leadership, Organizations, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Relationships

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Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is an interdisciplinary, science-based field that seeks to understand human reality including the nature of mind, brain, and relationships. IPNB has been used extensively by mental health practitioners as well as child development and parenting experts. While practitioners and scholars have described ways that IPNB can be used in leadership and organizations, there has been no systematic inquiry into the practical and phenomenological experience of this application. IPNB offers an alternative to dominant models of care and leading in healthcare settings and fields, which are characterized by disconnection, objectification, and separation. It offers a relationally centered approach that honors people’s subjective experience and seeks to advance whole-person and whole-system wellness through the promotion of integration. As a living and dynamic systems approach, IPNB has the potential to influence the quality of leaders’ presence, perception, and practice while upholding the interconnectedness within and between the functional elements of organizational structures and processes. This narrative inquiry sought to explore how leader and leader consultants approach their work from an IPNB perspective. It centers around two research questions: How, if at all, have healthcare leaders integrated IPNB in their leadership practices, and what impact has this integration had on their development and identity? Secondly, what, if any, implications might their experiences hold for leadership in health and mental health organizations? Using the Listening Guide (LG; Gilligan, Spencer, et al., 2006) methodology this inquiry explores the experiences of twelve leaders and leadership consultants in order to understand the implications IPNB has had for their practices, development, and identity. It takes a broad and deeply phenomenological dive into each person’s IPNB leadership experience across time, space, and place to understand the implications this framework has had for leading and organizations. This inquiry identifies what themes and IPNB principles have been significant to the participants, the counterpoints that have propelled their development forward, and the multiple and relationally positioned identities that signify leader’s relational embeddedness in the organizations and systems they serve. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (


Lynn Redenbach

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0000-0002-3066-302X

Lynn Redenbach has been a clinician in the Canadian healthcare system for almost 40 years. In addition to a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, she is a Registered Psychiatric nurse. Throughout her career, Lynn has been committed to finding ways to bring relational ways of being, seeing, and doing into her work with clients and in her leadership roles in communities, organizations, and systems of care. Currently, Lynn is a clinical manager in a non-profit mental health organization on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She also has a private counselling and leadership consulting practice. She aspires to bring relational neuroscience to healthcare leaders in the service of transforming complex systems, big and small, through courageous dialogue that is foundational for integrative wellness.