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Solomon Cytrynbaum

Solomon Cytrynbaum

  • Professor Emeritus, Education
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Director for Education, The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, Psychology Graduate Program

Academic Area

Learning Sciences

Research Interests

Group dynamics, organizational assessment and change, family systems, gender and authority in group and organizational life, organizational consultation, evaluation of school reform and school academic/technology systems, research methods, application of group and systems theory and research to school change.


Solomon Cytrynbaum is a professor emeritus in the School of Education and Social Policy and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Medical School, Northwestern University. He served as dean of the School of Education and Social Policy and currently is associate director for Graduate Education and Training, the Center for Applied Psychological Family Studies, Family Institute, Northwestern University.

Cytrynbaum has published extensively on organizational life and group and intergroup relations. His most recent book, co-edited with Professor Debra Noumair of Columbia University, is Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality and Social Complexity. He teaches graduate seminars in dynamic personality theory, group and organizational dynamics and consultation. His current research activities focus on organizational conflict and consultation especially to family–owned businesses. He has also carried out numerous technology, administrative and evaluative studies and consultations in a variety of large school districts, medium and large for-profit businesses, not for-profit organizations and family-owned firms.

In his studies of and consultations to school districts, private companies, family-owned businesses and YPO Forums, Cytrynbaum has worked with a wide range of faculty, administrators, executives and business owners as a consultant, evaluator, coach, workshop and retreat facilitator. He has been appointed to the boards of several educational, mental health and business organizations. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has maintained a private practice in psychotherapy and organizational consultation for over 30 years. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 1977 after serving on the faculty of the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University from 1969-1977.


  • PhD, Psychology, Uniersity of Michgan, 1971
  • MA, Child Development and Family Relations, Cornell University, 1962
  • BA, Arts and Sciences, McGill University, 1959

Selected Publications

Cytrynbaum,Solomon & Noumair, Debra (2004). Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality,and Social Complexity:Group Relations Reader 3. A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

Cytrynbaum, S. (2000). Mann’s member-leader scoring system in Beck, A., et. al., (Eds.), Process in Therapeutic Groups: A Handbook of Systems Analysis Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Hess, G. Alfred Jr,. & Cytrynbaum, S. (1999). Monitoring the implementation of the CPS design for high school: The second year, 1998-99. Center for Urban School Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Cytrynbaum, S. (1995). Group relations research progress report: Contextual and methodological issues in the study of gender and authority in Group Relations Conferences or “It Depends.” in West, K., Hayden, C., & Sharrin, R. (Eds.), Chaos and Community Jupiter, FL: A.K. Rice Institute.

Cytrynbaum, S (1994). Gender and authority in Tavistock group relations conferences: Research findings and organizational implications in Allcorn, S. (Ed.), Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Organizational Cultures Chicago: International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.