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Westaby, James
Associate Professor of Psychology & Education
Organization & Leadership

226A Thmps

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Scholarly Interests

  • Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit and performance
  • Combining social network analysis and goal theories
  • Social interaction analysis of dyads, couples, and groups
  • Behavioral reasoning theory and the prediction of individual behavior
  • Computational models of complex social, organizational, and leadership systems


Selected Publications

  • Westaby, J. D. (2012). Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Westaby, J. D., Pfaff, D. L., & Redding, N. (2014). Psychology and social networks: A dynamic network theory perspective. American Psychologist, 69, 269-284. See "Papers" tab on this page for PDF copy.
  • Westaby, J. D., & Redding, N. (2014). Social networks, social media, and conflict resolution. In P.T. Coleman, M. Deutsch, & E.C. Marcus (Eds.), The handbook of conflict resolution: Theory and practice (3rd ed.). pp. 998-1022. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Westaby, J. D., Woods, N., & Pfaff, D. L. (in press). Extending dynamic network theory to group and social interaction analysis: Uncovering key behavioral elements, cycles, and emergent states. Organizational Psychology Review.

  • Westaby, J. D. (2005). Behavioral reasoning theory: Identifying new linkages underlying intentions and behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 98, 97-120.
  • Westaby, J. D., & Lowe, J. K. (2005). Risk taking orientation and injury among youth workers: Examining the social influence of supervisors, coworkers, and parents. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1297-1305.
  • Westaby, J. D., Probst, T. M., & Lee, B. C. (2010). Leadership decision-making: A behavioral reasoning theory analysis. Leadership Quarterly, 21, 481-495.
  • Westaby, J. D., Versenyi, A., & Hausmann, R. C. (2005). Intentions to work during terminal illness: An exploratory study of antecedent conditions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1027-1035.
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    Dynamic Network Theory

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