Faculty Profile: Kathia Laszlo

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Kathia Laszlo

Kathia Castro Laszlo, Ph.D. is Director of the Specialization in Leadership of Sustainable Systems at Saybrook University. As an educator, researcher, consultant and social entrepreneur, Kathia has been active in leadership, organizational, and community development with a strong systemic and sustainability focus since the early 90s. She co-founded Syntony Quest - an international think tank dedicated to designing innovative ways of working, learning and living that embody social and environmental integrity. She is currently advising the design of a the new Universidad del Medio Ambiente (University of the Environment) in central Mexico.

Kathia Co-Chairs the Special Integration Group on Evolutionary Development for the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), of which she is past Vice-President and Board Member and has been an active researcher within the International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR) in Austria since 1998. Her publications are in the areas of evolutionary development, knowledge management, future trends in education, learning technologies, sustainable business strategy and evolutionary systems thinking.

In 1996, Kathia came to San Francisco, as a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico, to do her doctoral studies under the mentorship of Bela H. Banathy at Saybrook Graduate School in the area of Human Science with emphasis on social and institutional change. She is holder of a Masters Degree in Education with specialization in Cognitive Development, and of a B.A. in the field of Marketing. Kathia was awarded the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award in systems science for her work on evolutionary learning communities and of the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland for her work in education for social innovation and sustainable development.


Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Co-Chair of Research Team on Learning Systems for Sustainability. International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR), Pernegg, Austria, April 2010.

Presenter on From Systems Thinking to Systems Being at Change the Game Initiative symposium, Salzburg, Austria, April 2010.

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D. Human Science, specialization Social and Institutional Change
Saybrook University, San Francisco, 2000

M.Ed. Cognitive Development
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, 1997

B.A. Marketing
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, 1992

Current Projects and Professional Activities


Current Publications

3. Leaders of Change: Social entrepreneurship and the creation of ecologies of solution. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, Vol. 15 No. 1, April 2009.











Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests


Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research 5
Survey Research 4
Interview Research 4
Observational Research 4
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography 2
Focus Groups 3
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics 3
Grounded Theory 3
Phenomenology 3
Heuristic Research 3

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling