Our Team

Principal Investigator

Shanique G. Brown, PhD

Shanique Brown, an industrial-organizational psychologist, is currently an assistant professor in the psychology department at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on exploring cognitive processes and states that help to enhance the effectiveness of individuals and teams. Currently, she is especially curious about knowledge integration in cross-disciplinary teams and she is working to explore this process. Her research appears in outlets including American Psychologist, Journal of Management, Personality and Individual Differences, Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, and Journal of Research in Memory and Cognition. She has completed consulting projects related to employee and executive selection, leadership development, organizational development, and training and development. She received her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies, her M.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and her Ph.D. from DePaul University.

Google Scholar Profile

Email: shanique.brown@wayne.edu

Graduate Students

Amer Odeh

Amer Odeh is a doctoral student in I-O psychology with a minor in statistics. An orientation towards goal-related theories drives his interest in modeling dynamic processes, especially within teams. Recently, Amer proposed his thesis investigating the dynamic development of trust within teams. In his free time, Amer is an active member of the Muslim community in south east Michigan, and helps run a youth program in Canton, MI.  

Aylime Bueno

Aylime Bueno is a first-year doctoral student in the I-O psychology program at Wayne State University. Born and raised in New York City, she completed her undergraduate education at Lehman College, CUNY, before moving to Detroit. Aylime is primarily interested in diversity, equity, inclusion, and discrimination issues within the workplace, as well as how these issues intersect with a variety of other topics, including selection, team effectiveness, training and development, and leadership. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes and spending time with her family. 

Ziyad Muflahi

Ziyad Muflahi is a first-year doctoral student studying Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University. He graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, earning a Bachelor of Arts in two disciplines: Psychology and Business Studies. Ziyad’s passion for I-O Psychology stemmed from his desire to understand why some best-practice techniques are used in the workplace. His interests lie in teams research; specifically, in the composition, dynamics, and effectiveness of cross-disciplinary teams. Ziyad hopes to expand our understanding of the relationship between team heterogeneity of disciplines and outcomes, like performance and cohesion.

Caitlyn Sendra, MA

Caitlynn is a New Yorker turned Midwesterner with a passion for using data and research to solve personnel related business issues. She achieved her master’s degree in I-O psychology in April of 2019 and is currently working towards her doctorate. Her research interests include the intersectionality of diversity and leadership, team and group dynamics, and the influence of darker personality traits (i.e., narcissism, Machiavellianism) at work. Additionally, she has applied experience working in the domains of organizational culture, applied research, and leadership assessment. In her free time, she works with her husband to teach their two rescue dogs that the world is not such a scary place.

Georgia LaMarre, MA

Georgia LaMarre is a 4th-year PhD student in I-O psychology. Originally from Canada, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Waterloo before moving over the border to live in Michigan. Georgia’s research interests include team decision making, workplace identity, and the relationship between organizational stressors and behavior in police and paramilitary organizations.

Jessica Zalewski

Jessica is a second year PhD student in the I-O program here at Wayne State. She graduated from DePaul University in 2019, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in I-O Psychology. During her time at DePaul University, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Goran Kuljanin’s DyNAMO lab, leading to the development of her continued interest in teams research and computational modeling. Recently, grief research has become an area of interest of hers, specifically assessing how grief behavior can manifest in the workplace and its impact on an individual’s work experience.

Zachary Fragoso, MA

Zachary Fragoso is a doctoral student in I-O Psychology at Wayne State University. He was born and raised in metropolitan Detroit, where he attended Detroit Catholic Central High School, followed by Wayne State University. Before completing his undergraduate degree, Zachary worked as a paramedic in the city of Detroit. It is this experience in the healthcare field, and his interest in human behavior, that lead him to study Industrial Organizational Psychology. Currently, Zachary works as a data scientist at Domino’s Pizza where he builds machine learning models that help optimize employee performance. Zachary is also conducting his dissertation study exploring the effects of team strategy mental models on adaptive performance through a novel virtual escape room methodology.

Undergraduate Students

  • Yousuf Almadhoun
  • Jon Mei Dela Cruz
  • Geetika Guha
  • Erta Hidri
  • Laila Jafri
  • Nadia Khan
  • Fatima Majeeb
  • Ali Osman
  • Finn Osman
  • Megan Phillips
  • Paula Qefaliaj
  • Sevanthy Rajenthiran
  • Nicholas Smiddy
  • Jacqueline–Pearl Swann
  • Marissa Wegmann
  • Kareem Wells

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