Leslie DeChurch, Ph.D.
Faculty Director
Associate Professor
School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Office: Coon 234
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Leslie DeChurch is Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include leadership and teamwork in organizations. She leads the Georgia Tech DELTA research group, conducting high-impact scientific projects that yield novel insights into effective organization with real-world impact. Some current questions include: what makes effective team leaders, how do teams successfully collaborate across boundaries, and how are leadership and team dynamics sustained in virtual organizations? Her research has appeared in top journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, & Practice, Small Group Research, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and the International Journal of Conflict Management, and she serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Small Group Research, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research on the Social and Behavioral Sciences. In 2011 DeChurch was awarded an NSF CAREER award to study leadership in virtual organizations, and in 2012 she was awarded an NSF Research Coordination Network project (co-PI with Noshir Contractor) to leverage big data for the advancement of computational social science. She is currently working in the areas of leadership networks and multi team systems, and teaching Social Psychology and Social Networks. Professor DeChurch earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Miami, Coral Gables and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in Miami.

Selected Publications by Topic

Virtual Teams & Organizations
  • Mesmer-Magnus, J.R., DeChurch, L.A., Jimenez-Rodriguez, M.J., Wildman, J., & Shuffler-Porter, M. (2011). A meta-analytic investigation of virtuality and information sharing in teams. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 115, 2, 214-225.
  • Hiller, N.J., DeChurch, L.A., Murase, T., & Doty, D. (2011). Searching for outcomes of leadership. Journal of Management.
  • DeChurch, L.A., Hiller, N.J., Murase, T., Doty, D., & Salas, E. (2010). Leadership across levels: Levels of leaders and their levels of impact.Leadership Quarterly.
Team Effectiveness
  • DeChurch, L.A., & Mesmer-Magnus, J.R. (2010). The cognitive underpinnings of team effectiveness: A meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 1, 32-53.
  • Mesmer-Magnus, J.R., & DeChurch, L.A. (2009). Information sharing and team performance: A meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 2, 535-546.
Multiteam Systems
  • NEW BOOK! Zaccaro, S.J., Marks, M.A., & DeChurch, L.A. (Eds, 2011). Multiteam Systems: An Organization Form for Dynamic and Complex Environments. http://www.amazon.com/Multiteam-Systems-Organization-Environments-Management/dp/product-description/1848728697
  • DeChurch, L. A., & Marks, M. A. (2006). Leadership in multiteam systems. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 311-329.
  • Marks, M. A., DeChurch, L. A., Mathieu, J. E., Panzer, F. J., & Alonso, A. (2005). Teamwork in multiteam systems. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 964-971.
Courses Taught
  • Organizational Psychology (PhD and Undergraduate)
  • Team Effectiveness (PhD and Undergraduate)
  • Leadership (PhD)
  • Research Methods (Undergraduate)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Undergraduate)