Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.


Dr. Suzanne Bell is a tenured professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University. Her research focuses on the strategic staffing of organizations, training and development, and team effectiveness. She is particularly noted for her expertise in team composition. She teaches courses in Organizational Training, and Work Teams.


The U.S. Army and NASA have funded her research. In 2015, NASA awarded her and her collaborators a $1 million grant to create a predictive team composition model for long-distance space exploration (e.g., Mission to Mars). In 2016, NASA awarded the team, along with Russian collaborators, a second grant to cooperatively research the interpersonal compatibility of crews in prolonged isolation and confinement. Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as American Psychologist, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Research Methods. Her research and expertise has been covered in Harvard Business Review, Live Science, Scientific American, Discovery, and Smithsonian Magazine among others.  She has received a number of awards and recognitions for her research. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Bell has extensive applied experience with clients in the Fortune 500, the public sector, and non-profit organizations in the areas of job analysis; employee selection and strategic staffing including the development of team staffing algorithms; the development and evaluation of organizational and team training; leadership development; and survey design. She served as the chief scientist for a start-up company focused on team staffing and development, which the founding team successfully exited in 2015. Her experiences have included advising those in traditional contexts, such as boardrooms, as well as extreme contexts, such as astronauts and teams deployed to Afghanistan.

When she is not working, Dr. Bell enjoys spending time with her family; gardening; playing sports; and the exact combination of reading, sipping a latte, and nibbling on a scone.


PhD Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Texas A&M University
MS Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Texas A&M University 
BA History and Psychology Majors, Business Minor, Olivet Nazarene University 

Major Areas of Interest 

  • Team composition and selection 

  • Fostering team effectiveness

  • Predictors of job performance with special interest in high performance populations

  • Organizational training

  • Cross-cultural issues

DePaul University

With 22,769 students, DePaul is the nation's largest Catholic University. Located in Chicago, DePaul offers 130+ majors, unparalleled internships, research opportunities, and easy access to a global community.


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