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Amanda L. Thayer

Associate Professor | School of Psychology

Director of Growth and Development | Institute for Culture, Collaboration, and Management

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Personal Overview

Dr. Amanda L. Thayer is an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Florida Tech, as well as the Director of Growth and Development and Portfolio Manager for Teams Research at Florida Tech’s Institute for Culture, Collaboration, and Management (ICCM). She has also served as Secretary for the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), Chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a Consortium Senior Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute, and on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Business and Psychology and Group & Organization Management. Dr. Thayer completed her doctorate at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015. Her research on teams and collaboration has produced more than 85 publications, invited talks, and national and international conference presentations, including outlets such as American Psychologist, Human Resource Management Review, and Organizational Psychology Review, among others. Dr. Thayer’s current research is focused on team selection, staffing, and composition; trust violation and repair; team cohesion, adaptation, and resilience; neurodiversity in teams; and measurement and methodologies for studying interpersonal relationships and team- and system-level dynamics. Her research spans across a variety of contexts, including military units, NASA crews, volunteer non-profit teams, human-agent teams, and virtual teams, among others. To date, she has secured over $7 million in external funding from partners such as the U.S. Army Research Institute (ARI), NASA, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Her current funded research efforts include a large cooperative agreement with ARI aimed at developing a novel experimental paradigm and unobtrusive measurement toolkit for assessing teamwork and team performance, as well as an interdisciplinary effort funded by AFOSR to investigate trust violation and repair in human-agent teams.


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2015
  • B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2005

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2023-present
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2020-2023
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The University of Akron, 2015-2020
  • Graduate Research Associate, Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, 2010-2015
  • Instructor, School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2014
  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2013

Current Courses

  • Organizational Psychology (MS, PhD)
  • Groups & Teams (MS, PhD)
  • Group Behavior (Undergraduate)
  • Social Psychology (Undergraduate)

Selected Publications

*Ficke, C., *Addis, A., *Nguyen, D., *Carmody, K., Thayer, A. L., Wildman, J. L., Carroll, M. (2023). Measuring trust in a simulated team task. Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) 2023 Conference Proceedings.

*Ficke, C., *Carmody, K., *Nguyen, D., *Piasecki, I., *Addis, A., *Akib, M., Thayer, A. L., Wildman, J. L., Carroll, M. (2022). Improving measurement of trust dynamics in human-agent teams. I/ITSEC 2022 Conference Proceedings.

Rebensky, S., *Carmody, K., *Ficke, C., *Nguyen, D., Carroll, M., Wildman, J., & Thayer, A. (2021). Whoops! Something went wrong: Errors, trust, and trust repair strategies in human agent teaming. In H. Degen & S. Ntoa (Eds.). Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence in HCI.

*Smith, J.G., *Flynn, M.L., Shuffler, M.L., Carter, D.R., & Thayer, A.L. (2020). Meetings as a facilitator of multiteam system functioning. In J. Allen, A. Meinecke, & N. Lehmann-Willenbrock (Eds), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Managing Meetings in Organizations (Vol. 20).  Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Diefendorff, J. M., Thayer, A. L., *Sodhi, K., & *Magill, D (2020). Dynamic emotional labor: A review and extension to teams. In L. Yang, R. Cropanzano, C. S. Daus, & V. Martinez-Tur (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of workplace affect (pp. 310-322). Cambridge University Press.

Hacker, J., Johnson, M., & Saunders, C. & Thayer, A. L. (2019). Trust in virtual teams: A multidisciplinary review and integration. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23.

*McClurg, C. E., *Chen, J. L., *Petruzzelli, A., & Thayer, A. L. (2018). Challenges and new directions in examining team cohesion over time. In E. Salas, W. B. Vessey, and L. B. Landon (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Team Dynamics Over Time (Vol. 18, pp. 261-186). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Thayer, A. L., *Petruzzelli, A., & *McClurg, C. E. (2018). Addressing the paradox of the team innovation process: A review and practical considerations. American Psychologist, 73, 363-375.

Shuffler, M. L., *Kramer, W. S., Carter, D., Thayer, A. L., & Rosen, M. (2018). Leveraging a team-centric approach to diagnosing multiteam system functioning: The role of intrateam state profiles. Human Resource Management Review, 4, 361-377.

Salas, E., Shuffler, M. L., Thayer, A. L., Bedwell, W. L., & Lazzara, E. H. (2015). Understanding and diagnosing teamwork in organizations: A scientifically based practical guide. Human Resource Management, 54, 599-622.

Grossman, R., Thayer, A. L., Shuffler, M. L., Burke, C. S., & Salas, E. (2015). Critical social thinking: A conceptual model and insights for training. Organizational Psychology Review, 5, 99-125.

Miloslavic, S., Wildman, J. L., & Thayer, A. L. (2015). Structuring successful global virtual teams. In J. L. Wildman & R. L. Griffith (Eds.). Leading global teams: Translating the multidisciplinary science to practice (pp. 67-87). New York, NY: Springer.

Thayer, A. L., Rico, R., Salas, E., & *Marlow, S. L. (2013). Teams at work. In M. C. W. Peeters, J. de Jonge, & T. W. Taris (Eds.), An introduction to contemporary work psychology (pp. 434-457). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kramer, W. S., Thayer, A. L., & Salas, E. (2013). Goal setting in teams. In E. Locke & G. Latham (Eds.), New developments in goal setting and task performance (pp. 287-310). New York: Routledge.

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.

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.

*Denotes graduate or undergraduate student at time of collaboration.


Funded Projects

  • Co-Principal Investigator -- U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) Cooperative Agreement, Next Generation Teams and Organizational Subsystems Research (Cooperative Agreement #W911NF-19-2-0173, 9/27/19-2/20/24, $5,993,790). Salas, E. (PI), Thayer, A. L. (Co-PI), Carter, D. R. (Co-I), Shuffler, M. L. (Co-I), Luciano, M. (Co-I), Tannenbaum, S. I. (Co-I), & Ratwani, K. (Co-I). Objective: to lay the groundwork for the next generation of teams research by (1) designing, developing, and validating a core experimental paradigm and measurement and analysis data collection toolkit and (2) laying the foundations for the future of research on team selection, staffing, and composition decisions, accounting for multiple staffing scenarios and operational requirements.
  • Co-Principal Investigator -- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Trust Calibration in Heterogeneous, Human-Agent Teams: Applying Multilevel, Dynamic, and Unobtrusive Perspectives (8/1/21-7/31/24, $644,246.58). Carroll, M. (Co-PI), Wildman, J. L. (Co-PI), & Thayer, A. L. (Co-PI). Objectives: Leverage findings from human-human teams research and unobtrusive measurement of trust in human-agent teams to address the question "What are the multilevel, dynamic implications of trust violation/repair events within complex, distributed, heterogeneous human-agent teams?" via the following activities: (1) Conceptualize Theoretical Multilevel Framework of Trust Dynamics in Human-Agent Teams (Year 1), (2) Conduct Experiments Focused on Trust Violation within the Multilevel Framework of Trust Dynamics in Human-Agent Teams (Year 2), (3) Conduct Experiments Focused on Trust Repair within the Multilevel Framework of Trust Dynamics in Human-Agent Teams (Year 3)

Other Current Research

  • Laboratory study investigating virtual work teams.
  • Various manuscripts focused on trust violation and repair, cohesion, team composition, measurement, and research methodologies.
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