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Dorothy Carter

Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Program
** Please Note: Dr. Carter is NOT planning to accept a new graduate student for Fall 2021

Biography

Dr. Dorothy R. Carter (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016) 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. 

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 publications have 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.

Dr. Carter's dissertation research was awarded the 2017 Alvah H. Chapman Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Field of Leadership from the Florida International University Center for Leadership and the Academy of Management's Network of Leadership Scholars. She was also the recipient of a Best Paper of the Year Award from The Leadership Quarterly in 2018, the 2019 Rising Star in Leadership Research Award from the Exeter Centre for Leadership and the Academy of Management's Network of Leadership Scholars, and the 2020 Charles B. Knapp Early Career Scholar Award from The University of Georgia - this award recognizes "outstanding accomplishment and evidence of potential future success in scholarship, creative work, or research by an early career faculty in the social and behavioral sciences."

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

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. (PI), Cullen-Lester, K. (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-Principal 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-PI), Shuffler, M. (Co-PI), Luciano, (Co-PI). Army Research Institute (ARI). Projected Budget: $6,000,000.

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.

Co-Investigator – IGE: Toward an Interdisciplinary Blueprint for Open Science Graduate Education. National Science Foundation (NSF) #1955049 (07/01/2020-06/30/2023), Quinn, D. (PI), Johnsen, K. (Co-I), Lazar, N. (Co-I), Welch-Devine (Co-I), & Carter, D.R. (Co-I). Budget: $499,651.

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. 

Education:

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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