Susannah Paletz received her PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Berkeley (December 2003), where she studied teamwork, creativity, and culture. In early 2004 she joined NASA Ames Research Center as a civil servant Research Psychologist, first in the Distributed Team Decision Making Laboratory (2004-2006) and then in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group (2006-2008). In the HCI group, she derived user requirements via qualitative research and collaborated with software designers and developers who created databases that won the team multiple NASA awards. From 2008 to 2013, Paletz was a postdoctoral research associate and then the Principal Investigator (PI) of NSF grants at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied social and cognitive aspects of team processes. Paletz joined the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) as an Associate Research Scientist in 2013 (promoted to Research Scientist in 2017). At CASL, she has supported or led numerous contracts and competed grants, with topics ranging from measure validation to computational social science research. She has also continued to investigate the intersections of teamwork, creativity, and culture with colleagues at UMD and elsewhere. Paletz has authored/coauthored over 20 peer-reviewed articles; over 50 book chapters, conference proceedings papers and technical reports; and 65 peer-reviewed conference papers. She uses a variety of research methods, analyzing data from surveys, experiments, interviews, archives, social media, audio, and video.
Paletz combines fundamental psychology training with applied field experience to identify and untangle social and cultural factors affecting teamwork and creativity, particularly in multidisciplinary and/or multicultural teams. She also conducts applied psychology research on a variety of topics, including the social side of computational social science.
Current Research Interests
- Team creativity and innovation
- Cross-cultural psychology
- Teamwork and group processes
- Applied and organizational psychology
- Diversity in teams
- Social media propagation and emotion
- Research methodology
- PhD, Social/Personality Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
- MA, Social/Personality Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
- BA, Psychology and Science in Society, Wesleyan University, 1994