Tatem Burns, Ph.D., Consultant

Tatem is a Consultant at Axiom Consulting Partners. She brings to the firm deep behavioral science expertise with a specific focus on organizational team effectiveness. She has spent over a year at Axiom, working with clients to achieve their business transformation goals.

At Axiom, Tatem helps drive work in the areas of organizational and top team effectiveness, talent management, and operating model design. Tatem applies a behavioral science approach with a strong emphasis on psychological measurement, analytics, and research design and methodologies.

Axiom’s approach to consulting embodies teamwork, not just within our firm, but with our clients too. We take the time to make our clients part of our team, working with them as one unit to achieve the most effective solutions for their unique needs.



Prior to joining Axiom Consulting Partners, Tatem worked on two NASA-funded grants, leading qualitative and quantitative research projects examining the factors behind composing high-performing space mission teams and what makes these teams most effective. Additionally, she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on psychological measurement and organizational teams for both DePaul and Roosevelt University.

Tatem’s career highlights:

  • Business Transformation – conducted assessment and solutioning of a large manufacturer’s HR capabilities to improve both process and financial efficacy, most notably, by identifying key opportunities for growth in recruitment and workforce planning practices.
  • Top Team Effectiveness – used qualitative and quantitative methods and analytic techniques to derive insights about team dynamics for a top leadership team at a large insurance organization, of which were integrated into team training design and recommendations for a new operating model.
  • Talent Strategy – supported strategy development for the implementation of an adaptable, skill-based talent marketplace for a large technology consulting firm.

Tatem earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from DePaul University and her B.A. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College. She has published research articles in the journals Acta Psychologica and Talent Quarterly, as well as a chapter in the Handbook of Gender and Negotiation. Tatem is Hogan Assessment certified and a certified Microsoft Workplace Analytics Specialist.

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