Jessica Wildman (Wildones)

Associate Professor | School of Psychology

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Personal Overview

*Professionally known as Jessica L. Wildman*

Jessica L. Wildman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program, the Director of the Relationship and Interaction Optimization in Teams (RIOT) Lab, and the Research Director of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology.  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 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, 22 edited book chapters, and over 70 national and international conference presentations 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 has conducted organizational research for clients including the U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. Army Research Institute, NASA, and large multinational companies. Dr. Wildman is the primary editor of the 2014 book “Leading Global Teams: Translating Multidisciplinary Science to Practice” and the 2016 book "Critical Issues in Cross Cultural Management." Her current research interests include interpersonal trust development, violation, and repair, culture and diversity in the workplace, and global team dynamics.

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Educational Background


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

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 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

Selected Publications

*Nyein, K. P., *Caylor, J. R., *Duong, N. S., *Fry, T. N, & Wildman, J. L. (2020). Beyond positivism: Toward a pluralistic approach to studying teams. Organizational Psychology Review, 10, 87-112.

*Skiba, T. S., & Wildman, J. L. (2018). Uncertainty reducer, exchange deepener, or self-determination enhancer? Feeling trust versus feeling trusted in supervisor-subordinate relationships. Journal of Business and Psychology. 

*Scott, C. P. R., *Jiang, H., Wildman, J. L., & Griffith, R. L. (2017). Implicit leadership network theories: A multilevel perspective on leadership emergence in teams. Human Resource Management Review. 

*Fry, T. N., *Nyein, K., & Wildman, J. L. (2017). Team trust development and maintenance over time. In E. Salas, W. Vessey, & L. Landon (Eds.), Team Dynamics over Time: Advances in Psychological Theory, Methods, and Practice (Research on Managing Groups and Teams Vol. 18, pp.123-154). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited.

Wildman, J. L., Griffith, R. L., & *Armon, B. (Eds.). (2016). Critical issues in cross cultural management. New York, NY: Springer.

Griffith, R. L., Steelman, L. A., Wildman, J. L., LeNoble, C., & Zhou, Z. E. (2016). 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. 

*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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

*Past or present RIOT Lab graduate students

Recognition & Awards

  • FIT Office of Research 2017 "Rising Stars" Top Researcher
  • Institute for Cross Cultural Management Trailblazer Award (2015)
  • Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Doctoral Scholarship 2010
  • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) Conference Best Poster Award 2009


Current and past projects include:

  • A U.S. Army Research Institute grant (contract #W911NF-16-1-0106) to conduct mixed-method (qualitative and quantitative) research aimed at developing and refining a theory of the development, violation, and repair of interpersonal trust across cultures
  • A laboratory-based study examining the predictors and outcomes of shared leadership in three-person action teams
  • A survey-based study examining the emergence of various cognitive/affective states and team processes over time in long-term project teams

Research & Project Interests

  • The influence of cultural differences and values on trust development, violation, and repair.
  • The multidimensionality of trust.
  • Trust and distrust within multicultural team contexts.
  • The intersection and implications of culture and diversity in the workplace.
  • Cultural competence training strategies for the improvement of international collaboration.
  • Determinants of team effectiveness including diversity, virtuality, leadership, cognition, and attitudes.
  • The predictors and outcomes of shared leadership in diverse teams.
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