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Wendy  Bedwell

Wendy Bedwell

Wendy Bedwell
Assistant Professor


Phone: 407/716-4799



Wendy L. Bedwell joined the faculty at USF upon receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Dr. Bedwell’s specific interests include team performance (specifically adaptive performance) and individual and team training. Her research is focused on understanding the factors that enable interdisciplinary and/or multicultural teams operating in complex, dynamic environments to effectively adapt. She also considers training effectiveness, with the goal of tying simulation-based and game-based training techniques, tools, and components to desired learning outcomes. Dr. Bedwell has worked with the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), focusing on development and evaluation of training interventions designed to improve both team and task performance in medical professionals across the country and is currently working with NASA on understanding factors that influence team effectiveness over time.

Before returning to graduate school for her Ph.D., Dr. Bedwell worked as a trainer and instructional designer in academic, business, and government settings. These experiences provided the foundation for her scientist-practitioner approach to research and doctoral student education. She has conducted lab- and field-based research with military, medical, and other professional populations. Currently, she is a member of SIOP, AOM, HFES, & INGRoup. She received her B.A. in Psychology from James Madison University and her Masters in Distance Education with two specializations (Training and Technology) from the University of Maryland.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2012
  • M.D.E., University of Maryland, 2002
  • B.A., James Madison University, 1995


Research Interests: collaborative performance, team adaptation, team processes/emergent states, team composition, individual & team training, simulation-based training, game-based training

Research Synopsis
My research focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to effective team performance and individual/team training. I am specifically interested in fluid work groups as well as how complex, dynamic environments influence processes and emergent states affecting team performance over time. This naturally involves a focus on multilevel theory as individuals comprise teams; therefore, I consider the emergence of attitudes, behaviors, and cognitions from the individual to the dyadic and team level with the goal of improving team effectiveness across contexts. Such information is useful in informing training efforts designed to improve individual task proficiency as well as teamwork, both of which are required for effective team performance. But content is only one part of effective training, and I am interested in not only design and develop, but also evaluation, particularly with regard to simulation and technology-based efforts. As such, I have worked with academics and practitioners in developing metrics as well as guidelines, best practices, and required research directions for team performance and training effectiveness. My colleagues, students, and I have published papers on collaboration, team adaptation, performance measurement, motivational leadership, and training effectiveness when considering not only design and development, but also implementation and evaluation.

Specialty Area


Recent Publications

Bedwell, W.L., Fiore, S. M., Salas, E. (2014). Developing the future workforce: An approach for integrating interpersonal skills in the MBA classroom. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13, 171-186.

Bedwell, W.L., Salas, E., Funke, G. J., & Knott, B. A. (2014). Team workload: A multilevel perspective. Organizational Psychology Review, 4, 99-123.

Zajac, S., Gregory, M., Bedwell, W.L., Kramer, W., & Salas, E. (2014). The cognitive underpinnings of adaptive team performance in ill-defined task situations: A closer look at team cognition. Organizational Psychology Review, 4, 49-73.

Wildman, J. L., & Bedwell, W.L. (2013). Practicing what we preach: Teaching teams using validated team science. Small Group Research, 44, 381-394.

Bedwell, W.L., Pavlas, D., Heyne, K., Lazzara, E. H., & Salas, E. (2012). Towards a taxonomy linking game attributes to learning: An empirical study. Simulation & Gaming, 43, 729-760.

Bedwell, W.L., Ramsay, P. S., & Salas, E. (2012). Helping teams work: A research agenda for effective team adaptation in healthcare. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2, 504-509.

Bedwell, W.L., Wildman, J. L., DiazGranados, D., Salazar, M., Kramer, W. S., & Salas, E. (2012). Collaboration at work: An integrative multilevel conceptualization. Human Resource Management Review, 22, 128-145.