Doctoral Student Attendees

Lora Appel
"Put a Face to a Name: Part B"
Lora is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Information Science at Rutgers University, NJ, where she is also a research assistant and teaches Introduction to Research Methods. She obtained her undergraduate degree in International Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Masters in Communication and Information Science from Rutgers where she simultaneously held a fellowship at Johnson & Johnson. She is currently interested in computer mediated organizational communication in health care contexts. She believes there is untapped potential in the use of new technologies, specifically the Internet, mobile devices, and communication tools, to disperse medical information and improve inter-professional collaboration and teamwork between clinicians. Lora is a research fellow at the Center for Innovation in Complex Care (CICC) a research department situated at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. She has just completed the data collection on a randomized control trial, "Put a Face to a Name," and is currently conducting phase II of her dissertation study at both Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. Lora has published articles and co-authored chapters in two books; she has also presented her work at a number of international conferences.

Elizabeth Carlson
"Confrontation in the Inter-Organizational Multi-Team System: Inter-Agency Collaboration for Disaster Preparedness"
Elizabeth Carlson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include collaboration, coordination, and conflict in inter-organizational and inter-disciplinary teams. Her dissertation examines conflict management and coordination among disaster response professionals during the planning, execution, and review of disaster response training exercises. She has also worked on research projects related to: (a) how members of student teams use of Facebook for task and relational communication; (b) how students engage in problem-solving communication using an assigned computer-mediated communication technology; (c) how communication fosters IT workers? identification with their work group, organization, and profession; and (d) how mixed-method approaches have been and could be applied in organizational communication research. She currently works as a research assistant to Dr. Marshall Scott Poole and Dr. John Lammers on a National Science Foundation-funded project studying how disaster response professionals in the U.S. and the Netherlands respond to paradoxical organizational demands. She aspires to join the faculty of a U.S. college or university and to develop a research program that will improve scholars? and practitioners? understanding of how professionals can interact cooperatively with representatives of other organizations or disciplines while still representing the goals and interests of their own affiliations.

Dorothy Carter
"The Topology of Collective Leadership for Multiteam Innovation"
Dorothy Carter is a third year Industrial/OrganizationalPsychology doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a bachelor of science in Psychology from Wright State University. Her research interests include leadership, social network analysis, and multiteam systems. Dorothy is currently involved in several major National Science Foundation grants working with her advisor Leslie DeChurch. These projects seek to understand the leadership antecedents of innovation and collaboration success in functionally diverse multiteam systems and to link network analytic techniques with the measurement of team constructs. In particular, Dorothy?s research focuses on understanding leader emergence in networks of influence and the patterns of collective leadership networks that facilitate collective outcomes. Dorothy also loves spending time with her two dogs and traveling.

Lauren D'Innocenzo
"Predicting Leader Role Occupancy: An Exploration of Shared Leadership Emergence in Project Teams"
Lauren D'Innocenzo is a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior at the University of Connecticut. Lauren is currently working on her dissertation focusing on predicting leader role occupancy and shared leadership emergence over time in project teams. Lauren?s primary research interest is in team dynamics including shared leadership, team inputs, team processes and emergent states, and team- and individual- level outcomes. Adopting a scientist-practitioner approach, she has explored these topics in numerous high-profile field samples including a regional U.S. Hospital Consortium, a Fortune 50 manufacturing firm, and an internationally-based grocery store chain. Lauren has also conducted intervention-driven studies using student project teams and used varied empirical tools including social network analysis, HLM, longitudinal analysis, and (multi-level) SEM. Lauren is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and an M.S. in Sport Management from Ithaca College and recently received the University of Connecticut, Management Department and Business School teaching awards.

Patrick Downes
"A Configural Approach to the Emergence and Evolution of Team Cohesion"
Patrick Downes is a fourth year PhD student in Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa. He received undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a master?s degree from Iowa State University in Higher Education Administration. He conducts research in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior on topics such as groups and teams, employee compensation, and employee goal setting. His research on teams specifically focuses on configural approaches to team composition and team processes. This interest led to work on team chemistry in the National Basketball Association, configurations of deep-level individual differences and team processes in student, research, and manufacturing teams, and patterns of coauthoring in groups of researchers publishing in the field of management. He is currently developing an R package to conduct a variety of team-level social network analyses that are currently difficult for researchers to apply in their work. While at Iowa, Patrick has been awarded a university-wide Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship in addition to the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his undergraduate course on Strategic Human Resource Management. He plans to complete his PhD in 2015 and continue his research as an Assistant Professor.

Julia Eisenberg
"Geographical Dispersion and Team Performance: A Relationship Mediated by Team Communication and Moderated by Leadership"
Juila Eisenberg is a doctoral student in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia but grew up in New York. She has worked in financial firms for 10 years prior to joining academia both as a developer and later as a manager of a global team. Julia has just completed her third year in the program and is working on the last stages of preparing her dissertation proposal, which she plans to defend later this summer. Her areas of research focus on team dynamics related to innovative team performance. Specifically, she examines the effects of geographical and cultural distance on team outcomes and how factors such as team leadership influence these relationships.

Jennifer Ervin
"Linking a Model of Deliberation to Individual and Group Outcomes: Analysis of the Australian"
Jennifer Ervin earned her MA in 2012 at the University of Arizona, in the Department of Communication, where she also just completed the first year of the PhD program. Under the advisement of Dr. Bonito, her thesis, "The Impact of Similarity on Influence Attempts During Group Discussions," experimentally examined the ways in which group members identify with task features. Her primary area of interest is small group communication processes, with an emphasis on decision-making, participation, and influence. In addition, she teaches undergraduate courses in small group communication, and research methods and statistics.

Amit Gal
"Synergy Work and Synergistic Membership: How and When Individuals Contribute to Teams by Facilitating the Performance of Others"
Amit Gal is a PhD candidate at the Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv University. His research interests revolve around questions concerning how macro organizational phenomena emerge from, and are affected by, individual actions and interactions. Accordingly, Amit's dissertation research examines indirect ways by which group members contribute to their group's performance. Such members, sometimes referred to as "catalysts" or "facilitators", contribute by enabling others perform better, and in his research, Amit theorizes about, and examines the individual- as well as group-level and situational factors that affect such indirect contributions. In addition, Amit engages in projects that examine related phenomena, such as the formation of organizational routines, and the effect of information aggregation mechanisms on organizational decision making. Amit is also interested in advanced research methods and the philosophical underpinnings of social science research, with special interest in formal and computational models and bayesian statistics. Amit has an interdisciplinary background. Formally, he holds an M.A. in musicology and B.Sc. in mathematics, and has studied, in some depth, topics such as music cognition (especially the perception of music similarity), musical semiotics, game theory and mathematical logic. He also spent several years developing advanced algorithms and managing diverse projects in the high-tech and bio-tech industries. His interest in groups and teams evolved from both his reflective engagement in managing teams, and his group improvisation workshops, which he used as a tool for developing leadership and teamwork skills in organizations. His non-academic interests include playing the piano, hiking, and mountain climbing.

Raquel Asencio Hodge
"Optimizing Internal and External Interactions in Cross-Functional Multiteam Systems"
Raquel Asencio Hodge is about to begin her third year in the IO Psychology program at Georgia Tech. She is currently involved in several major grants and projects on teams and multiteam systems. She is really interested in systems of science teams, interdisciplinary teams, and distributed teams, as well as the emergent properties and processes that enable the success of these collectives. Although quite challenging, understanding the complexity of interdependent teams is an important contribution to the field which she hopes to develop during her career. She is currently working on a paper on countervailing forces in multiteam systems. The question that she is trying to address is: What happens to the processes at one level of analysis, when processes at another level of analysis take precedent? The research that Raquel is involved in relies heavily on social network analysis (SNA). Although not a new field, it is relatively new to use SNA in psychology and so this is has been a focus of her research. Additionally, she looks forward to using trace data as part of her analyses which is another relatively untapped resource in the social sciences. Outside of her work as a graduate student she is involved in music and outdoor activities. She is part of a band with her husband and is currently training for a triathlon in the near future.

Nicole Iannone
"Being a Third Wheel: Exclusion by Friends Softens Ostracism's Blow"
Nicole E. Iannone is a doctoral student in social psychology at Purdue University working with Janice R. Kelly. She is primarily interested in small group performance and interaction. Nicole?s research on small group interaction focuses on emotions in groups along with the effects of ostracism and being out of the loop in groups. She also does research with individuals on these specific topics. Nicole?s research on emotions focuses on the different emotions experienced in groups and how these emotional experiences affect groups. Her research on the effects of being out of the loop looks at being out of the loop on pop culture and how that affects belonging needs. Her research on ostracism has looked at the effect of different ostracizers and how that affects belonging needs. Nicole has presented her research at the conferences for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and INGRoup.

Elar Killumets
"The Impact of Team Processes on Team Effectiveness Outputs"
Elar Killumets is currently a doctoral student in Tartu University, Estonia. He received his BA in 2000 and after that worked for 8 years in the private sector. At first, he worked in a local distribution company of fast moving consumer goods as marketing manager. The job offered him a unique opportunity to be simultaneously involved in sales and marketing activities of P&G, Unilever, Nestle and Kellogg?s. He started as specialist, but in 2 years was promoted into the management team. In 2005 he joined the world?s largest logistic company DHL as Sales & Marketing Director of Estonia. The company had just gone through several mergers, and his role was to finalize them and recover the ability to serve customers the way N1 company in the business is expected to do. It was a challenging time, where he could fully use things he had learned in previous job from my business partners. In 2009 he realized his long-standing plan to go back to university to do his doctoral and give his contribution to the development of Estonian management practices. Elar is interested in the role of team processes in team effectiveness and in team-based performance management systems. He resides in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, with his wife and 1.5 year old son. He enjoys sports, especially basketball, and although not a fan of watching sports, he is now reconsidering now as an Estonian athlete was chosen in 2013 NFL draft.

Sun Young Kim
"The Diversity-Morality Link"
Sun Young "Sunny" Kim is a lecturer of Negotiations and doctoral candidate in the department of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She obtained her M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University and her M.S. in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University. Her research considers the basic psychological processes of valuing group diversity, and its behavioral consequences in terms of individual and group creativity and ethical decision-making. She also examines the experience of victimization, and its influence on how people perceive and make creative choices in their environment. Her coauthored paper on group deception has appeared in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and she has presented at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, International Association for Conflict Management, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, and Society for Judgment and Decision Making.

Margaret Luciano
"Examining External Team Processes in Multiteam Systems"
Margaret Luciano is a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior at the University of Connecticut. Margaret is currently working on her dissertation focusing on inter-team processes in multiteam systems under conditions of sequential and reciprocal interdependence. Margaret?s primary research interest is in team dynamics including the leadership of multiple teams, within and between team processes and emergent states, and the interplay between empowerment at the individual and team levels. Adopting a scientist-practitioner approach, Margaret has explored these topics in several field samples including a major office equipment and technology company in four regions of the U.S. and a regional U.S. Hospital Consortium. Margaret is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.B.A. in Management from Clark University and recently received the University of Connecticut, Management Department and Business School research awards.

Megan McCarty
"The Role of Affective Diversity in Group Dynamics and Performance"
Megan K. McCarty is a doctoral candidate in social psychology working with Janice Kelly at Purdue University. She has two lines of research: a primary line concerning group dynamics, and a second line concerning the psychology of gender. Her work on group dynamics investigates the effects of mood and exclusion on small group interaction, performance, and leadership. Her work on the psychology of gender investigates backlash against gender counter-stereotypic behaviors and emotional displays, issues of gender and leadership, and sexual harassment. Megan's research has been presented at conferences for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and INGRoup.

Loes Meeussen
"When Values (don't) Converge: Cultural Diversity and Norm Formation in Work Groups"
Loes Meeussen is currently in the fourth and last year of her PhD at the Centre for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Her research interests broadly concern intra- and inter-group processes in multicultural societies: Why do people reject others on the basis of their social categories? How do people feel, think, and behave when interacting with members of other groups? And how can we improve intergroup relations? Currently, she applies these interests within organizational contexts, where she studies processes of social influence and value convergence within work groups. More specifically, she examines how work group members affect each other?s values to come to a shared group identity, how this affects their social and work-related functioning, and how these processes differ for culturally diverse work groups. For this research, she collaborated with researchers from the universities of Groningen and Tilburg, the Netherlands. In the past, she has studied the effects of inter-group threat in mass media on inter-group attitudes and possible ways to buffer generalization from single threatening outgroup members towards an outgroup as a whole. Moreover, she has studied the effectiveness of online tailored health programs aimed at improving people?s lifestyle (quitting smoking, exercising, healthy nutrition). Outside academia, she likes travelling and sports (my last trip combined these two in a cycling trip from Vancouver to San Francisco). She has a long history in youth work, and she is renovating a house.

Julija Mell
"Overcoming the Tradeoff: How Relational Structures within Units Affect Knowledge Integration between Units"
Juilja Mell is a 3rd-year PhD student of organizational behavior at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Previous to her PhD, she has studied Psychology at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. In her PhD, she is integrating research on group cognition with research on social networks. More specifically, she is interested in transactive memory (the understanding of who knows what) in teams and organizations and its effects on knowledge exchange within teams as well as between collaborating teams. In her research, she takes a dyadic perspective on transactive memory, conceptualizing it as a cognitive tie between two individuals. Building on this understanding, in her first project she took a closer look at how the transactive memory structure within a team influences team processes and decision making outcomes. In further projects she investigates the role of transactive memory in a) knowledge exchange across team boundaries and in b) network churn in response to changes in knowledge needs. Next to this main line of research, she is furthermore interested in knowledge diversity in teams, team mental models, leadership, creativity and innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Maartje Schouten
"A Multi-method Investigation of the Types and Consequences of Hierarchical Conflicts in Teams: Vying for the Limelight or Navigating the Shadows?"
Maartje is a PhD Candidate in the department of Organization and Personnel Management of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in The Netherlands. Her main research interests focus on both team dynamics, especially the effect of hierarchy and attaining influence, and creativity. Beyond these main interests, she works on projects about emotional labor, work family conflict and sleep deprivation. In her dissertation, Maartje uses different research methods to examine the cooperative and competitive exchange of influence both within teams and in organizational units. In her first paper she examines how influence can be derived based on one?s knowledge, a potential source of power. Specifically, she examines whether specialists and generalists occupy different roles in advice giving and advice seeking networks and how this affects employees' creativity. In her second paper, Maartje focuses on the different types of competitions people engage in to increase their influence and attain a higher position in a team hierarchy. This paper employs a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Maartje's research is published in the Academy of Management Review and the Academy of Management Proceedings. She has presented her work at the annual meetings of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, and INGroup.

Sophia Sullivan
"Leadership Networks and Team Innovation"
Sophia Sullivan is a third year Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research is in Social Network Analysis, in the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Lab, directed by Professor Noshir S. Contractor. She completed her Undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She is also involved in several extracurricular activities - she is the President of the Catatonics, a graduate student a cappella group at Northwestern, and she has served as a co-chair of the McCormick Graduate Leadership Council, which plans events for McCormick graduate students to build community and professional skills.

Golnaz Tajeddin
"The Effect of the Temporal Characteristics of Discrepant Interruptions on Team Effectiveness"
Golnaz Tajeddin was born in Tehran, Iran. Her undergraduate studies were in Industrial Engineering at Shraif University of Technology. Her work experience includes Project Management positions at the Sharif Entrepreneur Research Center and at SAPCo, Iran's leading Supplying Automotive Parts Company, during which she realized my passion for understanding the human dimension of organizations. She moved to Toronto with her husband, Iman, in Summer 2002. Influenced by her work experience, she pursued a certificate in Human Resources Management at Ryerson University and a Master in Management Sciences at The University of Waterloo. Group dynamics has been her passion ever since working as a team leader and observing the interactions between individuals working together in a group. In her Master?s thesis, she studied the emergence and influence of expertise in group decision making. She started her PhD studies in 2007. Currently, she is working on her PhD dissertation in which she looks at the effect of interruption?s timing on group processes and performance.

Martijn Van der Kamp
"Cascading Falutlines in Multi-Team Systems"
Martijn is a PhD. candidate at the Melbourne Business School with a background in strategy consulting. Martijn's current research investigates how team composition leads to subgroup formation and team conflict,and how deteriorating team outcomes as a result of subgroup formation can be prevented. He questions how this occurs in alliance teams that are part of a multi-team system, a network of interdependent teams. In his studies Martijn uses a variety of research methods, including surveys, cases and experiments. In 2012, he received the Runner up Best Theoretical Conference Paper award at the Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management. Also, Martijn teaches Corporate Strategy and Organizational Behavior. He works under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jehn (Melbourne Business School) and Dr. Tjemkes (VU University).

Jin Wook Chang
"Effects of Group Status on Information Exchange and Group Outcome"
Jin Wook Chang is a doctoral student at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, United States. He received his BA in economics and MS in organizational behavior both from Seoul National University. His research interests include status dynamics within and between groups, and deviance in small groups.

Le Zhou
"A Formal Model of Leadership in Team Goal Pursuit: Team Design, Team Composition, and Dynamic Leader Regulatory Processes"
Le (Betty) Zhou is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Management at the University of Florida. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the Peking University in China and her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include leadership, work groups and teams, and workplace training and development. Her research has been published in top-tier academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology. She is a co-author of book chapters on leadership and quantitative research methods. Her research on the influence of commuting experience and employee self-regulation at work has won the best student research award at the 9th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health. Her dissertation work focuses on modeling the dynamic team leadership processes in team goal pursuit. She proposes a formal computational model of team leadership and tests the model across three studies.