I’m Dr. Melanie Gallo – a cognitive behavioral coach with a PhD in business psychology. Some might also recognize me as a Forbes contributor specializing in thinking habits, emotional wellness and personality within the world of work. 

Cognitive behavioral coaching focuses on achieving personal and professional fulfillment. It is science-based and grounded in the idea that, "what we think, we become". It is distinct from cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on repairing the psychological difficulties that impair well-being and functioning. 

After 25 years of research, work in the private sector, and of course personal experience, I believe that work-life is not as much about balance as it is about navigating through the mental fog that can disrupt our emotional and physical health – and ultimately our productivity. Trying to actually balance work and life is like wobbling around trying to balance like a juggler on a unicycle. If that's balance, then I'll pass on the circus act!

My passion is in helping professionals navigate through this fog within the Work-Life overlap to boost mental and physical energy. The end result should be Work+Life = Joyful.


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  • The University of Georgia, BA, Psychology

  • Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, PhD, Business Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • APA Div. 8, Society of Personality and Social Psychology

  • Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology

  • Forbes Coaches Council


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