Nov. 29, 2016
We find ourselves in group environments almost every moment of our lives. We are part of families, work groups, religious congregations, sport teams, exercise classes, among many others. My research focuses on what makes groups function successfully and how these groups influence our lives. In particular, my lab is interested in how to make groups cohesive and how we can develop and communicate appropriate roles for individual group members. People want to contribute meaningfully to the groups of which they are a part, and communicating clear role responsibilities and having group members who accept their roles are critical components to being successful.
I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work in two departments, Kinesiology and Psychology, with colleagues who have exciting research programs and with whom I can collaborate. Further, the masters and doctoral students I work with bring fresh ideas and new perspectives related to group dynamics. The majority of our work focuses on sport and physical activity, but we continue to apply this knowledge in other important areas like the business world where groups play a vital role in success.
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