Conducts research on the development of the requisite cognitive, interpersonal, and team skills for future Army leaders.  Building on concepts such as the Avolio-Bass Full Range Model, Sternberg's tacit knowledge, case-based learning, self-awareness, and adaptivity, the research program develops and evaluates leader development approaches suited for self-development, field, or schoolhouse.  Research is conducted at Fort Leavenworth and at ARI's headquarters location at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.


Michele Calton

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School:
The University of Memphis

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology

As a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow I am working with Dr. Angela Karrasch on a research package investigating the development of the Army as a learning organization. Specifically, we are interested in identifying methods for building and sustaining climates that support learning at the individual, team, and organizational levels. My post-doctoral project interests are to identify [multi-rank] Soldier perceptions of learning organizations and the perceptions of their roles in the successful implementation of learning organization concepts in an inherently hierarchical setting. More specifically, I am interested in identifying whether differences exist between rank and organizational structure regarding the perceptions of the Army establishing itself as a learning organization, and role perceptions, and how these perceptions contribute to or retract from learning at the organizational level. I am further interested in investigating how Soldiers are preparing themselves for their perceived roles and how this preparation affects Army goals. The aim of this research will be twofold: to develop methods to align the assessed perceptions of Army Soldiers to create a unified vision of the Army as a learning organization, and to develop unit and organizational methods to track their effectiveness and progression in supporting the Army’s continual efforts to solidify itself as a learning organization.

Website:
www.researchgate.net/profile/Michele_Calton


Wade R. Elmore

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School:
University of Missouri
- Kansas City

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Psychology & Health Psychology

I am working with Dr. Melinda Key-Roberts on several projects related to military leadership. These areas include effective cross-cultural leadership, cross-cultural impression management, and leadership development through mentoring and strengths based leadership.

Publications
Aude, S., Horey, J., Keller-Glaze, H., Tindall, L., Key-Roberts, M., Elmore, W. (2013). Training leaders to develop talent within units (ARI Research Product XXXX). Fort Belvoir, Virginia: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Elmore, W., Key-Roberts, M. (2013, June) Helping subordinates recover from setbacks: the role of leader behaviors. Presented at the Third Annual International Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association, Los Angeles, CA.


Elena Knyshev

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School:
Kansas State University

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology

As a Consortium Research Fellow at the Leader Development Research Unit, I am working with Dr. Anna Sackett and Dr. Angela Karrasch on several projects related to complex cognition and military leadership. The two main projects that I am currently involved in are projects on strategic and critical thinking assessment and development.


Nathaniel Ratcliff

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School:
Pennsylvania State University

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Social Psychology

As a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, I am working with Dr. Melinda Key-Roberts on projects related to diversity and inclusion in the U.S. Army. These projects include ones examining the situational and contextual factors that might affect leaders' willingness to foster climates of inclusion, toxic leadership, and the measurement of inclusive climates in the Army.


Mathias Simmons

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School:
Kansas State University

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology

As a Consortium Doctoral Research Fellow, I work with Dr. Angela Karrasch on research related to learning and development at multiple hierarchical levels including the organization itself and the individual. Specifically, these topics include learning organizations, examining what factors contribute to high quality leader self-development activities, and examining the antecedents/outcomes of leader self-development.


William S. Weyhrauch

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School:
Kansas State University

Degree Program:
Ph.D., Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)

I work with Dr. Kimberly Metcalf in the area of leadership and cross-cultural interactions between Soldiers and their counterparts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. I will also be assisting with validation work on leadership assessment tools.

Publications
Brunner, J.M., Weyhrauch, W.S., Ramsden Zbylut, M., & Metcalf, K.A. (2010, August). Cultural Knowledge as a Facilitator of Effective Cross-Cultural Relationships. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 2010 Conference, San Diego, CA.

Freeman, T. E., Metcalf, K. A. & Weyhrauch, W. (August, 2010). The boundary spanner role of transition team chiefs. Poster presnted at the American Psychological Association 2010 Conference, San Diego, CA.

Metcalf, K. A., Weyhrauch, W.S., Freeman, T.E., & Phelps, C. E. (August, 2010). Importance of culture-general knowledge for effective advisors. In K. Metcalf (Chair), Culture-general knowledge and training for the military. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association 2010 Conference, San Diego, CA.

Sackett, A. L. & Weyhrauch, W. S. (2014). The role of stakeholders in the academic-practitioner gap. The Industrial Psychologist, 51(3), 31-39.

Shuffler, M., Keller-Glaze, H., Strong, B., Weyhrauch, W. S., Jenkins, J., Bryson, J., & Metcalf, K. A. (2014). Organizational Social Effectiveness: An Annotated Bibliography (ARI Research Product 2014-03). Arlington, VA: United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Weyhrauch, W.S., Metcalf, K.A., Freeman, T.E., & Ramsden Zbylut, M. (2010, August) The evolution of advisory behaviors: Evidence of progress in the advisor mission. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 2010 Conference, San Diego, CA.