Wildones, Jessica

Assistant Professor
Psychology, School of

*Professionally known as Jessica L. Wildman*

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Personal Overview

Jessica L. Wildman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program and the Research Director of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. She is also the Vice President, Conference Coordinator, of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. She earned a B.S. in Psychology in 2007, an M.S. in I/O Psychology in 2010, and her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology in 2011 from the University of Central Florida. To date, she has co-authored sixteen book chapters and twelve journal articles and has presented over twenty times at professional conferences on topics including team processes and emergent states, team cognition, team performance measurement, global virtual teams, trust development and repair, and cultural competence. She was awarded the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) doctoral scholarship in 2010 and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) best conference poster award in 2009 for her work on measuring trust and distrust as separate workplace attitudes. Dr. Wildman is the co-editor of the 2014 book “Leading Global Teams: Translating Multidisciplinary Science to Practice.” Her current research interests include interpersonal trust dynamics across cultures, multicultural work performance, and global virtual team processes and performance. Her dissertation was entitled, “Cultural Difference in Forgiveness: Fatalism, Trust Violations, and Trust Repair Efforts in Decision-Making Teams.”

Educational Background


  • Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2011
  • M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology,  2010
  • B.S. Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2007

Recognition & Awards

  • Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Doctoral Scholarship 2010
  • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) Conference Best Poster Award 2009

Current Courses


  • PSY 6420: Attitudes and Values in I/O
  • PSY 6408: Cultural Seminar in I/O
  • PSY 5422: Group and Team Development
  • PSY 5100: Introduction to Research in I/O

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Research Associate, Institute for Simulation and Training, June 2007-July 2011
  • Instructor of Record, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Central Florida, January-May 2011

Additional Duties

Current Research

Jessica Wildones is an Assistant Professor of the School of Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. The nature of organizational work is changing. Rapidly developing technology is breaking down geographic boundaries and issues such as global economic crises, terrorism threats, and environmental disasters are making multinational and multicultural teams a necessary reality. While cultural diversity often encourages new perspectives and innovative solutions, differences in cultural viewpoint can also lead to misunderstandings and interaction problems. It is this real-world need that has inspired me to conduct research focused on understanding and improving performance in multicultural collaborative settings. My central research interests include the influence of cultural values and beliefs on behavior in the workplace, interpersonal trust development, violation, and repair, and team process and performance. Most specifically, my passion lies at the intersection of all three topics: the implications of cultural differences on trust dynamics in team settings. I also have an interest in cultural competence and the training of cultural competence.

Selected Publications

Griffith, R. L., Steelman, L. A., Wildman, J. L., LeNoble, C., & Zhou, Z. E. (in press). Guided mindfulness: A self-regulatory approach to experiential learning of complex skills. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science.

Wildman, J. L., & Griffith, R. L. (Eds.). (2014). Leading global teams: Translating the multidisciplinary science to practice. New York, NY: Springer.

Wildman, J. L., Salas, E., & Scott, C. P. R. (2014). Measuring cognition in teams: A cross-domain review. Human Factors, 56, 911-941. doi: 10.1177/0018720813515907

Paul, A., Gitlin, B., Shuffler, M. L., & Wildman, J. L. (2013). Leading global virtual teams: The supporting role of trust and team cognition. In E. Nikoi & K. Boateng (Eds.), Collaborative communication processes and decision making in organizations (pp. 177-200). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Wildman, J. L., & Bedwell, W. L. (2013). Practicing what we preach: Teaching teams using validated team science. Small Group Research, 44, 381-394. doi: 10.1177/1046496413486938

Wildman, J. L., Skiba, T., Armon, B., & Moukarzel, R. (2012). A paradigm shift in cultural training: Culture-general characteristics of culturally competent forces. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference.

Wildman, J. L., Shuffler, M., Lazzara, E. H., Fiore, S., Burke, C. S., Salas, E., & Garven, S. (2012). Trust development in swift starting action teams: A multilevel framework. Group & Organization Management, 37, 138-170. doi:10.1177/1059601111434202

Wildman, J. L., Thayer, A. L., Pavlas, D., Salas, E., Stewart, J. E., & Howse. W. (2012). Team knowledge research: Emerging trends and critical needs. Human Factors, 54, 84-111. doi: 10.1177/0018720811425365

Wildman, J. L., Thayer, A. L., Rosen, M. A., Salas, E., Mathieu, J. E., & Rayne, S. R. (2012). Task types and team-level attributes: Synthesis of team classification literature. Human Resource Development Review, 11, 97-129. doi: 10.1177/1534484311417561

Mesmer-Magnus, J. R., DeChurch, L. A., Jiménez-Rodriguez, M., Wildman, J., & Shuffler, M., (2011). A meta-analytic examination of virtuality and information sharing in teams. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 115, 214-225. doi: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2011.03.002

Thayer, A. L., Wildman, J. L., & Salas, E. (2011). Evidence-based I-O psychology: We have the evidence; we just don’t use it (or care to). Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 32-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9434.2010

Wildman, J. L., Fiore, S. M., Burke, C. S., Salas, E., & Garven, S. (2011). Trust in swift starting action teams: Critical considerations. In N. A. Stanton (Ed.), Trust in military teams (pp. 71-88). London, UK: Ashgate.

Wildman, J. L., Xavier, L. F., Tindall, M., & Salas, E. (2010). Best practices for training intercultural competence in global organizations. In K. Lundby & J. Jolton (Eds.), Going global: Practical applications and recommendations for HR and OD professions in the global workplace (pp. 250-294). New York: Routledge Academic.

Wildman, J. L., Bedwell, W. L., Salas, E., & Smith-Jentsch, K. A. (2010). Performance measurement at work: A multilevel perspective. In S. Zedeck (Ed.), APA Handbook of industrial and organizational psychology: Vol. 1. Building and developing the organization (pp. 303-342). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Salas, E., Wildman, J. L., & Piccolo, R. F. (2009). Using simulation-based training to enhance management education. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 8(4), 559-573.