Lecturer, Health Policy and Management
Leadership Educator and Consultant
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health
Phone: 410-997-1728 |

Tracey T. Manning, Ph.D. a social and personality psychologist by training, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and her B.A. at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Tracey specializes in fostering transformational leadership and influence, particularly through nontraditional forms of influence, such as nonpositional leadership, faculty leadership, women’s leadership, and volunteer leadership. Her most recent focus has been leadership communication to foster learning and empowerment in diverse audiences, notably teachers in employing growth mindsets with students and environmental professionals in communicating science to laypeople.

Tracey was formerly research associate professor, Center on Aging, and senior scholar, James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, both at University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). She currently teaches graduate leadership courses in the School of Public Health at UMCP.

Tracey has also facilitated leadership development of women in nontraditional fields, particularly women faculty in higher education at several institutions through the National Science Foundation’s WELI (Women in Engineering Leadership) and ADVANCE programs. In addition, Tracey has conducted leadership workshops in the US and the UK and consulted to health care and other organizations on a wide range of leadership issues.

Previously, she was professor of psychology at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University), specializing in social psychology and in leadership. While at Notre Dame, as well as teaching psychology courses, Tracey coordinated and taught graduate leadership courses in the Management Program, the Nonprofit Management Program, and the undergraduate Certificate Program in Leadership and Social Change.  Her teaching excellence was honored with the Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award.

Since 2009, she has also coordinated the Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment, which she co-founded, built on the award-winning Legacy Leadership Institutes model of lifelong learning and civic engagement developed by Dr. Laura Wilson, former Chair of Health Services Administration, UMCP. Tracey was instrumental in integrating the nonpositional leadership concentration into Legacy Leadership Institutes.

Her leadership research has appeared in Women in Management Review, the American Psychologist, the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Journal of Leadership Education, among others. She also contributed a invited chapter on leadership and civic engagement through the life span to Civic Engagement and the Baby Boomer Generation (2006), Laura Wilson and Sharon Simson, Eds.

However Tracey considers herself primarily as a leadership educator and as a bridge-builder, translating scientific research so that others can apply it to make a positive difference in their contexts.


Education and Training

B.A., Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. M.A., General Psychology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Ph.D., Personality Psychology, with Social Psychology, The Catholic University of American, Washington, DC.


HLSA772 - Healthcare Leadership & Communications.  

Course Description:

Health care leaders require wide-ranging leadership knowledge and skills to aid individuals, organizations, and communities to respond effectively to 21st century social, financial, ethical, public health, and technological challenges. The Association of Schools of Public Health (2005) and the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice (2009) identified key public health leadership competencies as transformational leadership, envisioning, collaborative leadership, and team-building. These form core objectives of HLSA 772, Healthcare Leadership & Communications.

HLSA 772 students will assess and further develop transformational leadership strengths, apply useful leadership communication principles, and critically analyze relevant leadership models, exploring their utility in addressing key leadership issues in health care or public health organizations. An underlying theme will be the identification of core values involved in health care delivery, integration of those values in personal and organizational missions, and building collaborative relationships with stakeholders to design and implement mission-based initiatives.



Manning, T. T. (2014, June). Communicating climate science: When it works, why it doesn’t. Presentation to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Earth Science Division, Beltsville, MD.

Manning, T. T. (2013, February). I’m not really a leader. Keynote Presentation to Institute of Leadership International Conference: New Thinking on Leadership. Cardiff, Wales.

Manning, T. T. (2013, February). Bringing out the best in others: Efficacy and Empowerment. Presentation to the Institute of Leadership International Conference: New Thinking on Leadership. Cardiff, Wales.

Manning, T. T. (2012, October). ADVANCING collaboration and empowerment. Invited presentation to ADVANCE faculty, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Manning, T. T. (2012, April). Academic leadership: Bringing out the best in others. Invited presentation to ADVANCE faculty, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Manning, T. T. (2012). I’m not really a leader: The power and impact of implicit leadership theories. In Owen, H., Ed. New thinking on leadership: A global perspective. London: Kogan Page Limited.

Manning, T. T. (2011, November). Faculty as university leaders. Invited presentation to ADVANCE faculty, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

Manning, T. T. (2011, September). Maximizing your leadership and positive influence. Invited workshop for ADVANCE faculty, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Brown, J. S. & Manning, T. T. (2010, December). Leading for creative results. Seminar for University of Maryland Center for Intelligence Operations, Vienna, Virginia.

Wilson, L. B., Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Manning, T. & Carroccio, J. (2008). Preparing for the baby boomers: Lifelong learning and civic engagement in active-adult communities. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 16(1), 67-82.

Sykes, K., Manning, T., Campbell, P. A. & Schmeckpeper, B. J. (2008). To endow every child.... Public Policy and Aging Report, 18(2), 14-18.

Manning, T. T. & Wilson, L. B. (2007, December). Legacy Leadership Institutes: Fostering lifelong learning and civic engagement. Presentation to the Positive Aging Conference, St. Petersburg, FL.

Manning, T. T. (2007, November). The power of unlearning: Maximizing leadership learning by addressing its obstacles. Presentation to the 9th International Leadership Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Manning, T. T. (2007). Learn to unlearn: Five key belief patterns that sabotage leadership effectiveness. Academic Leader, 23(10), 4-5, 8.

Manning, T. T. (2007, August). Attachment at work: Influence on work satisfaction and leadership in human service managers. Academy of Management Conference Panel Presentation: Good Relationships, Positive Outcomes. Philadelphia, PA.

Manning, T. T. (2007, March). The role of leadership in civic education. Keynote address to the Second Year Conference, Civic Education Project, Suez Canal University, Egypt.

Wilson, L. B., Harlow-Rosentraub, K., Manning, T., Simson, S., & Steele, J. (2007). Civic engagement and lifelong learning. Generations, 30(4), 90-94.

Manning, T. T., Wilson, L., & Harlow-Rosentraub, K. (2006-2007). Pathways to self-efficacy for civic leadership: Legacy Leadership Institutes. Panel presentation at the 8th Annual International Leadership Association Conference, Chicago, IL. November 2, 2006 and to the ASA/NCOA Conference, Chicago, IL, March 9, 2007.

Manning, T. T., Wilson, L., & Harlow-Rosentraub, K. (2006, Fall). Legacy Leadership Institutes: Strengthening leadership for community involvement in 50+ adults. Journal of Leadership Education, 5(2), 80-92.

Manning, T. T., Fitterling, J., & Kerstetter, K. (2006, March). Legacy Leadership Institutes: Promoting civic engagement and leadership in 50+ adults. Panel presentation to the ASA/NCOA Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Manning, T. T. (2006). Defining the relationship between civic engagement and leadership in later life. Invited chapter in Civic engagement and the baby boomer generation, Wilson, L. B. and Simson, S. P., Eds. New York, Haworth.