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Bryan Acton

Bryan Acton

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

Bryan Acton is entering his 5th 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. Additionally, he is interested in the use of agent based modeling and other forms of computational modeling and data simulation for the study of leadership dynamics.


  • 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
  • Leader/Follower Perceptions
  • Multilevel Theory
  • Computational Modeling/Data Simulation

Courses Taught

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


  • Acton, B. P., Foti, R. J., Lord, R. G., & Gladfelter, J. G. (In Press). Putting emergence back in leadership emergence: A dynamic, multilevel process-oriented framework. The Leadership Quarterly.

    Bryan Acton

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