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Bryan Acton

Bryan Acton

Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
Graduate Student, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Bryan Acton is currently in his third year in Virginia Tech’s I/O Psychology PhD program. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from MCLA in 2013 and subsequently worked for Dr. Wendy Donlin Washington at UNC Wilmington on applying contingency management interventions to increase exercise behaviors prior to attending graduate school.

As a member of the Interface of Leadership and Teams lab (ILT lab), his primary research interests lie in modeling team behavior and leadership in a dynamic fashion. He is currently focused on projects that study newly formed teams over time, with a specific focus on the role that team composition plays in this dynamic process. As a graduate assistant in the Office of University Organizational Professional Development, Bryan assists in the creation and implementation of professional development workshops including leadership workshops for managers at Virginia Tech.


  • 2013 B.A., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
  • 2016 M.S., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


  • Team Dynamics
  • Informal/Emergent Leadership
  • Antecedents of Team Leadership and Leader Emergence
  • Leadership Perceptions (Claiming & Granting)
  • Team Composition
  • Development of Team Emergent States
  • Multilevel Theory
  • Pattern Oriented Approaches

Courses Taught

  • PSYCH 2004: Introduction to Psychology (recitation)
  • PSYCH 2084: Social Psychology

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