Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Program


Dr. Dorothy R. Carter (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology) is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on leadership and teamwork in organizations. Dr. Carter is the director of the Leadership, Innovation, Networks, and Collaboration (LINC) Laboratory at UGA. The LINC lab seeks to uncover the factors that enable teams and larger collectives to tackle complex challenges in contexts such as the military, medicine, scientific collaboration, and long-duration space exploration. More specific research questions under investigation in the LINC lab include: what are the drivers of leadership emergence within and between teams? how can organizations leverage social network approaches to enhance leadership development? how and why do relationships like trust, shared understanding, and teamwork arise between members of organizations? and what are optimal interventions to enhance coordination and collaboration processes across interdependent systems comprised of multiple teams?  

Dr. Carter's current research is supported by funding from the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Army Research Institute (ARI). Her research has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, Group and Organization Management, Human Resource Management ReviewThe Oxford Handbook of Leadership, and The Handbook of Industrial, Work, and Organizational Psychology. 

Research Interests:
  • Teamwork processes and performance
  • Multiteam systems
  • Top management teams 
  • Leadership emergence and effectiveness
  • Leadership development
  • Social network analysis
  • Computational social science

Principal Investigator – Collaborative Research: Strategic Leadership Systems: How Networks of Strategic Communication and Informal Influence Arise and Drive Firm Performance (6/1/2019-5/31/2022). The National Science Foundation (NSF), Science of Organizations (SoO) #1853470. Carter, D.R. (Co-PI), Cullen-Lester, K. (Co-PI). Budget: $356,810.

Principal Investigator – Project FUSION Facilitating Unified Systems of Interdependent Organizational Networks (02/15/2018-02/14/2021). The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) #80NSSC18K0511. Carter, D.R. (PI), Shuffler, M. (Co-I), Schecter, A. (Co-I), DeChurch, L.A. (Co-I), & Contractor, N. (Co-I). Budget: $991,979

Co-Investigator – Cooperative Agreement: Next Generation Teams and Organizational Subsystems Research (10/01/2019-09/30/2026). Salas, E. (PI), Thayer, A. (Co-PI), Carter, D.R. (Co-I), Shuffler, M. (Co-I), Luciano, (Co-I). Army Research Institute (ARI). Budget Pending Final Approval: $19,350,000.

Co-Investigator – Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (GaCTSA) (10/01/2017-9/30/2022). National Institutes of Health (NIH) #UL1TR002378, Taylor, W.R. (PI), Ofili, E.O. (PI), Garcia, A.J. (PI), Phillips, B.G. (PI), Blumberg, H.M. (PI). Budget: $51,000,000.

Selected Publications:

Carter, D.R., DeChurch, L.A., Braun, M. & Contractor, N. (2015). Social network approaches to leadership: An integrative conceptual review. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(3), 597-622. 

Shuffler, M., & Carter, D.R. (2018). Teamwork in multiteam systems: Key lessons learned and future opportunities. American Psychologist, 73(4), 390-406. 

Cullen-Lester, K.L., Maupin, C.K., & Carter, D.R. (2017). Incorporating social networks into leadership development: An organizing framework and evaluation of research and practice. The Leadership Quarterly, 28(1), 130-152. 

  •  Winner of the 2017 Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award 

Carter, N.T., Carter, D.R., & DeChurch, L.A. (2018). Implications of observability for the theory and measurement of shared emergent team properties. Journal of Management, 44(4), 1398-1425. 

Murase, T., Carter, D.R., DeChurch, L.A., & Marks, M.A. (2014). Mind the gap: The role of leadership in MTS collective cognition. The Leadership Quarterly, 25(5), 801-1078. 

Contractor, N.S., DeChurch, L.A., Carson, J., Carter, D.R., & Keegan, B. (2012). The topology of collective leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 994-1011. 


2016 - Ph.D. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Minor: Quantitative Psychology 

Dissertation: The Motivational Drivers of Leadership Emergence in Multiteam Systems 

  • Winner of the 2017 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Field of Organizational Leadership 


2013 - M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thesis: The Impact of Leadership Network Structure on Multiteam System Innovation 


2010 - B.S. Psychology, Wright State University, Magna cum Laude

Minor: Business Management 

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