Suzanne T. Bell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

DePaul University

Twitter: @teamslab



Current Highlights

·         My research primarily focuses on the strategic staffing of organizations, training and employee development, and maximizing team effectiveness. The majority of my current research focuses on how the mix of team members, or team composition, relates to team effectiveness. Our lab, DePaul Teams Lab, is currently focused on two major projects funded by NASA.

·         Project 1:CREWS: Crew Recommender for Effective Work in Space (with Drs. Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch)

o   Future space exploration missions (e.g., mission to Mars) will be characterized by extended periods of isolation and confinement with a small team living and working in a constrained environment. Due to communication constraints caused by the extreme distances involved, crews sent on these missions will need to operate under a much greater level of autonomy than current spaceflight crews on ISS missions. We are working to identify psychological and psychosocial factors, measures, and combinations thereof that can be used to compose highly effective crews for autonomous, long duration and/or long-distance exploration missions. This 3-year project (2015-2018) includes the creation of a predictive composition algorithm that can be used to inform the staffing of future space exploration crews, and be used to identify the training needs or countermeasures for a particular crew.

o   Listen to me talk about our research and long-distance space exploration on Chicago Public Radio’s The Morning Shift - Sept 29, 2015.

o   Hear me reference the project in my 2016 Commencement Speech given at Olivet Nazarene University (starts at 11 minutes 10 second).

·         Project 2: A US-Russian Collaborative Proposal for Data Collection in HERA: The Relationship Composition, Interpersonal Relations, and Team Effectiveness in Space Crews (with Drs. Alla Vinokhodova, Vadim Gushin, Noshir Contractor, & Leslie DeChurch)

o   How crew composition and interpersonal relations affect crew functioning and effectiveness has been and continues to be of interest to both NASA and the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP), whose research informs operations for the Russian Federal Space Agency. Over time, research from these agencies has evolved with different emphases. NASA-sponsored team composition research heavily relies on trait and network theories. It seeks to identify traits and combinations of traits that can be used to compose, train, and manage highly effective crews. IBMP-sponsored research mostly has moved away from trait-based approaches toward an idiographic (in-depth, heavily descriptive) approach to researching crew interpersonal relations. This project is collaborative research between a NASA-sponsored researchers and an IBMP-sponsored researchers which forwards a cutting-edge integrative model that details how team member attributes, combinations thereof, and interpersonal perceptions affects the emergence of relational states in isolated and confined environments (ICE). Our 3-year US-Russian collaborative effort leverages previous data collected in ICE; collects new data using analog-definition research in the 2017 and 2018 HERA campaigns; and uses a novel data analysis approach. This project is an important and ground-breaking research partnership that cooperatively explores the effective composition and management of space crews.

·         Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology; Academy of Management Learning and Education; Human Performance

·         Membership Chair, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Recent Awards and Honors

·         2017 Mid- Career Excellence in Research Award, College of Science and Health, DePaul University

·         Named as one of 2016’s Top 10 Chicago Women in Science by Make it Better Magazine

·         2016 Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award, for Bell, Villado, Lukasik, Belau, & Briggs (2011)

·         Scientist of the Month, Association for Women in Science, Chicago. May 2016

·         2016 Commencement Speaker, Olivet Nazarene University

·         Top Rated Poster, 2015 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Leveraging Context to Gain Meaningful Insights from Extreme Teams.  

Recent Publications (e-mail me or go to my research gate profile to access several articles)

Bell, S. T., Fisher, D., Brown, S., & Mann, K. (2016). An Approach for Conducting Actionable Research with Extreme Teams. Journal of Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0149206316653805

Bell, S. T., & Brown, S. G. (2015). Selecting and Composing Cohesive Teams. In E. Salas, W. B. Vessey, & A. X. Estrada (Eds.). Team Cohesion: Advances in Psychological Theory, Methods and Practice (Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Vol. 17, pp. 181-209). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. doi:10.1108/S1534-085620150000017008

Bell, S. T., Brown, S. G., Abben, D. R., & Outland, N, B. (2015). Team Composition Issues for Future Space Exploration:  A Review and Directions for Future Research. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 86, 548-556.

Fisher, D. M., Bell, S. T., Dierdorff, E., & Belohlav, J. (2012). Facet personality and surface-level diversity as team mental model antecedents: Implications for implicit coordination. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 825-841.

Bell, S. T., & Fisher, D. M. (2012). Does dynamic composition mean the demise of shared team properties and the rise of global team properties? Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5, 39-40.



Bell, S. T., & Marentette, B. J. (2011). Team Viability for Long-term and Ongoing Organizational Teams. Organizational Psychology Review, 1, 275-292.

Bell, S. T., Towler, A. J., & Fisher, D. M. (2011). A Multilevel Examination of the Influence of Trainee-Trainer Gender Dissimilarity and Trainee-Classroom Gender Composition Dissimilarity on Trainee Knowledge Acquisition. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 22, 343-372.

Dierdorff, E., Bell, S. T., & Belohlav, J. (2011). The Power of 'We': Effects of Psychological Collectivism on Team Performance Over Time.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 247-262.

Bell, S. T., Villado, A. J., Lukasik, M., Belau, L., & Briggs, A. (2011). Getting Specific about Demographic Diversity Variable and Team Performance Relationships: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Management, 37, 709-743.

Bell, S. T., & Arthur, W. Jr. (2008). Feedback Acceptance in Developmental Assessment Centers: The Role of Feedback Message, Participant Personality, and Affective Response to the Feedback Session. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 681–703.

Edwards, B. D., Bell, S. T., Arthur, W. Jr., & Decuir, A. D. (2008). Relationships Between Facets of Job Satisfaction and Task and Contextual Performance. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 57, 441–465.

Bell, S. T. (2007).  Deep–Level Composition Variables as Predictors of Team Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 595–615.

Arthur, W. Jr., Bell, S. T., & Edwards, B. D. (2007). A longitudinal examination of the criterion–related validities of additive and referent–shift operationalizations of team–efficacy. Organizational Research Methods, 1, 35–58.

Curriculum Vita (Brief version)





Updated March 10, 2017
©2016 Suzanne T. Bell