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Leslie DeChurch

School of Communication, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Communication Studies, School of Communication
Department Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Advancing Teams, Leaders, and Systems (ATLAS) Laboratory


Areas of Focus

  • Leading teams
  • Collaborative and shared leadership
  • Team performance
  • Making high stakes team decisions
  • Multi-team systems
  • Creating successful human-machine teams
  • Future of work
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Space psychology


  • Explores the dynamics through which teams form and how those dynamics affect their overall performance, as well as their ability to work as large organizational systems (multi-team systems)
  • Seeks to build high-functioning teams that work in scientific innovation, space exploration, healthcare and the military
  • Designing teams for long-distance space exploration missions


DeChurch leads the ATLAS research laboratory, which currently is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Army Research Laboratory (ARL). DeChurch received an NSF CAREER to explore Leadership for Virtual Organizational Effectiveness. She is a regular contributor to the National Research Council Committee, advising on teamwork issues ranging from measurement to innovation. She is Past-President of INGRoup (Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research), and Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP).