The TeamWork Lab is a group of researchers that works with organizations in the workforce and members of the academic community to unravel the science of teamwork.
Dr. Natalie J. Allen is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University in London, Canada, and Director of the TeamWork Lab. Her research interests include the psychology of teams, methodological issues in team research, and the psychology and management of employee commitment. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and of the Canadian Psychological Association and a former associate editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Allen's work appears in numerous academic and practitioner journals and she is the co-author, with John Meyer, of Commitment in the Workplace: Theory, Research, and Application. With David Stanley she co-founded WorkStory, a career resource aimed at those in the early stages of their careers.
Hayden Woodley is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He received his Bachelor of Health, Specialized Honours degree in Psychology as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Management at York University. Additionally, he has attained the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. Hayden’s research interests focus mainly on team compensation, equity sensitivity, team-level constructs (e.g., efficacy and cohesion), and their relations with team performance. Furthermore, he is also interested in studying how team performance is conceptualized and measured.
Helen Lee is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She has a passion for bridging her knowledge in psychology with real-world experiences to produce research that can be translated into practice. For her dissertation project, she is developing a training program designed to help teams perform more effectively. As a self-proclaimed impostor in recovery, Helen is also interested in studying the mindset that underlies impostor syndrome. By gaining insight into the mindset of "impostors", she hopes to develop an intervention that can help fellow impostors overcome impostor syndrome.
Kyle Cameron is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Kyle is especially interested in the ways in which teams and their members respond to errors in the workplace. His research is guided by important questions such as: What characterizes teams that learn effectively from their mistakes? Under what conditions do team members feel that they can safely report errors? Why is it that errors often go undetected or uncorrected? How can teams reduce the frequency and consequences of errors? He received his undergraduate degree at the Schulich School of Business at York University where he developed his fascination with teams at work.
Julia McMenamin is a Master's student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology degree at Western as a part-time student, while working at a local factory. This background provides her with a unique perspective and a keen interest in how organizations impact the people within them, and vice versa. She is interested in how teamwork influences adherence to procedures for accuracy and safety, such as checklists. She also continues to explore her undergraduate research topic of impostor syndrome and teamwork attitudes.
Natasha Ouslis is currently pursuing her MSc in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Dr. Natalie Allen in the TeamWork Lab. Her research focuses on the characteristics and processes of teams in organizations, and the methodological concerns when researching teams. Natasha is also interested in leadership and motivation in organizations. In her first year at Western, she received the Douglas N. Jackson Memorial Award for the top incoming student in the I/O Psychology program, and she is supported by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.Prior to joining the I/O Psychology area at Western, Natasha graduated with an Honours BSc specializing in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance and has presented at various conferences, including CSBBCS, APS, LOVE, and CNS.
Outside of the lab, Natasha provides behavioural economics and psychological consulting services for large national companies and multinational corporations through her work at BEworks, a boutique management consulting firm. She previously worked for a startup accelerator, providing consulting services for early-stage student startup companies. When she isn’t working, Natasha plays music, takes extremely long walks, and spends her time looking for the best restaurants in southwestern Ontario.