Amanda L. Thayer, Ph.D.

Amanda L. Thayer, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Dept/Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Office: CAS 313
Phone: 330-972-7018


Note for prospective students: Dr. Thayer will be joining the faculty in the I/O Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology in June 2020. Prospective graduate students interested in working with Dr. Thayer on teams research starting Fall 2020 should apply to the Florida Tech I/O Psychology program.

Dr. Amanda Thayer is an Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at The University of Akron (UA), and Director of the Advancing Collaboration and Teams In Organizations and Networks (ACTION) Lab. Her research is focused on facilitating team- and system-level outcomes – such as innovation and performance – across a variety of complex, high-stakes contexts – including the military, NASA, and entrepreneurial start-up companies – as well as other multi-layered, virtual organizations – such as volunteer non-profits and tech development companies. Her current research includes investigations of dynamic team composition, virtual multiteam systems, dynamic emergent phenomena (e.g., trust, cohesion), teamwork state profiles, and team knowledge management and innovation. She has conducted theory-, lab- and, field-based research for government agencies, the military, and industry, including leadership of several projects funded by the U.S. Army and NASA, and is currently a Senior Consortium Research Fellow with the Foundational Science Research Unit of the U.S. Army Research Institute. Dr. Thayer has also played an integral role in several interdisciplinary research efforts that have produced more than 50 publications and conference presentations, including outlets such as American Psychologist, Human Resource Management Review, Human Resource Management, Organizational Psychology Review, Human Resource Development Review, and Human Factors, among others. She earned her doctorate in I/O Psychology from the University of Central Florida.


  • Smith, J.G.*, Flynn, M.L.*, Shuffler, M.L., Carter, D.R., & Thayer, A.L. (in press). 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). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

  • Diefendorff, J. M., Thayer, A. L., Sodhi, K.*, & Magill, D* (in press). Dynamic emotional labor: A review and extension to teams. The Cambridge Handbook of Workplace Affect. 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.

  • 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.

  • McClurg, C. E.*, Petruzzelli, A.*, Chen, J.*, & Thayer, A. L. (2017). Challenges and new directions in examining team cohesion over time. In E. Salas, W. B. Vessey, and L. Landon (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Team Dynamics Over Time. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

  • 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. (2014). Structuring successful global virtual teams. In Wildman, J. L., & Griffith, R. L. (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: Rutledge.

  • Burke, C. S., Thayer, A. L., Grossman, R., Salas, E., DiRosa, G., & Estrada, A. (2013). Cohesion in large scale, complex systems: A focus on the role of shared knowledge. In M. A. Clark, J. A. Espinosa & Mohammed, S. (co-chairs), Team Knowledge Measurement and Representation in Large Collectives. Academy of Management Proceedings. doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2013.14176symposium
  • 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.
  • Thayer, A. L., Wildman, J. L., & Salas, E. (2011). 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.