C. Shawn Burke
Research Scientist

Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, George Mason University, 2000
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, George Mason University, 1995
B.S., Psychology, University of Central Florida, 1992


C. Shawn Burke's  expertise includes teams and their leadership, team adaptability, team training, measurement, evaluation, and team effectiveness. Dr. Burke has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters related to the above topics and has presented at over 70 peer-reviewed conferences. Dr. Burke’s primary area of interest is understanding and promoting the conditions needed for effective team performance (i.e., team training, team measurement, team process and effectiveness). Taking this a step further she is currently working on projects focusing on how to promote and train team members to be adaptive (i.e., team adaptability), the impact that stress has on team cognition, team process, and performance, and understanding the barriers to effective multinational team performance. All of this work is done with an eye toward the role that team leadership occupies in mitigating barriers to effective team performance in these various contexts.

Most recently Dr. Burke, has worked to produce a multi-level model of team adaptation which is scheduled to be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Using the above grounding, experiments have begun to provide the Army with design/training implications. Additionally, in the area of team leadership, Dr. Burke has a meta-analysis that is scheduled to be published in a Special Issue of Leadership Quarterly. She is also working on a Phase II SBIR to develop training for leaders of multicultural Army teams and has a contract to examine aspects of multicultural issues and leadership within netcentric environments. This effort involves various military services and includes multinational partners.

Dr. Burke serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Human Factors, Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management, and Quality and Safety in Healthcare. She has co-edited a book on adaptability and is currently co-editing a book on advances in team effectiveness research.