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Leslie DeChurch

Leslie DeChurch’s research investigates teamwork and leadership in organizations. She is Professor of Communication Studies, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. She is President and Chairperson of the Board of INGRoup, the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research

Professor DeChurch leads the ATLAS lab: Advancing Teams, Leaders, and Systems. ATLAS explores the dynamics through which teams form, and how these dynamics affect their performance as teams, and their ability to work as larger organizational systems (multiteam systems). ATLAS conducts laboratory and online experiments, meta-analytic integrations, and field studies of teams and leaders to understand their core organizing processes. Such processes include: leadership networks, team cognition, team conflict and motivation, and team information sharing. 

DeChurch’s research seeks to build high-functioning teams that work in scientific innovation, space exploration, healthcare, and the military. The ATLAS research portfolio is currently supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), and Army Research Office (ARO). Her work has appeared in outlets including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP), Journal of Management (JoM), Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP), and Leadership Quarterly (LQ). She is co-editor of Multiteam Systems: An Organization Form for Dynamic and Complex Environments and recently served on the National Research Council Committee on The Context of Military Environments. She has contributed to several National Research Council Committees on teamwork issues ranging from measurement to innovation. She was awarded an NSF CAREER to explore Leadership for Virtual Organizational Effectiveness.

DeChurch holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP). 


Awards and Honors
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), 2016
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), 2016
  • Fellow of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), 2016
  • President & Chairperson of the Board of INGRoup (Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research), 2016-2020
  • Top Paper Award in the Group Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2015). Murase, Asencio, McDonald, Poole, DeChurch, & Contractor, The effect of entrainment of group processes on multiteam system effectiveness
  • Best Conference Poster Award at the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup; 2015). Asencio, Huang, Sawant, DeChurch, Contractor, & Murase, Enabling teams to self-assemble: The MyDreamTeam builder
  • Thank a Teacher Awards (2015, 2016). Georgia Tech Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL)
  • NSF CAREER (2011-2017). Leadership for virtual organizational effectiveness


Leading Collaboratively

This action-oriented course builds participants’ collaborative leadership skills. Through a series of case studies, activities, and projects, students will learn how to effectively lead collaboration among diverse and often distributed teams. The course will explore the special challenges associated with leading teams, some of which include: building and designing teams, managing information exchange within and across teams, structuring effective group decision processes, igniting creative thinking, enabling complex problem solving, and managing team conflict.