Who We Are

Want to know more about us? On this page you'll find a quick and clear description of what we can do for you. Get to know Dr. Kristen and Dr. Erin a bit better and find out what our Vision is for 2019!

saving the workplace ...

one hard (and healing) conversation at a time. 

The most important resource of your organization is its people. Bottom line. However, people are also hard to figure out. We know this, we've been studying them for over 20 years. 

Abbey Research offers a range of services to help you learn about your people and solve your immediate problems. From White Papers to Mini-Courses - give us anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours and we know we can make a difference. We also deliver online and in person training sessions in set packages with flexible pricing. 

Still need more? Our personal and customized consultations include surveys, interviews, and data analysis. We ask and answer questions quickly, getting you solutions to your complicated people problems and saving you money!

REady to learn more?

Watch these brief videos where we explain a bit more about who we are and what we can do for you!

Abbey Research was founded by Dr. Kristen Nielsen Donnelly in 2015. A social science researcher with over two decades of experience, Dr. Donnelly is also a trained social worker with experience working in non-profits and faith communities.


After completing her PhD, Dr. Donnelly realized that her passion for serving leaders and her skills as a researcher complemented each other perfectly and Abbey Research was born.


In 2017, Dr. Erin Hinson moved from part-time consultant to full-time team member. While they are the primary researchers, both have skilled and vast networks of advisors and colleagues who help ensure that Abbey Research’s clients are getting a world-class experience with a personalized touch.

The Good Doctors met in 2011, when they were both studying at Queen’s University Belfast. Proving that Gryffindors and Ravenclaws make the best friends, the two quickly bonded over their shared love of musicals, travel, family, and learning.


They are frequent contributors to print media, academic publications, conferences, and meetings. For a summary of recent activity and a schedule of upcoming events, please click here.


Abbey Research is a proud member of Abbey Companies, a family-owned network of businesses serving a variety of industries worldwide, seeking to increase capacity and promote excellence wherever they are.

What do we have planned for 2020?

Check out this brief video on our vision for the next year! If you want to keep up to date on everything we’ve got going on, be sure to sign up for our newsletter below!

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