Suzanne T. Bell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

DePaul University

Twitter: @teamslab



Current Highlights

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

o   Research funded by NASA. 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) will include 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.

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

Research Interests

·         Fostering team effectiveness with a special emphasis on team composition and selection, and team training

·         Predictors of job performance

·         Organizational training

·         Feedback acceptance

·         Cross-cultural issues

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

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.


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Updated February 5, 2016
©2016 Suzanne T. Bell