James A. Grand

James A. Grand

Associate Professor, Psychology

University of Maryland, College Park


Dr. James A. Grand is an Associate Professor in the Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

My primary work focuses on understanding how individuals and teams build knowledge, make decisions, and enact behaviors to accomplish personal and collective goals. My research philosophy is heavily inspired by the science of complex systems, which suggests that the psychological and social phenomena we observe emerge from how actions, relationships, perceptions, events, and contexts unfold within and between people over time in an environment.

Examples of my specific research interests include how individuals working within teams gather, share, and interpret information to make decisions and accomplish tasks; how the behaviors, communication, and regulatory efforts (e.g., leadership, influence) among individuals affects individual and collective outcomes; and how judgment/information processing influence individual learning and assessment outcomes. I rely on a variety of methodologies and data sources to study these topics, including behavioral observation, experimental studies, and computational modeling/simulation.

Beyond my professional interests, I love spending time with my wife and our two kids, hiking and outdoor activities, watching and remembering when I used to actually be able to play sports, playing board games, and learning about computers, space, and other nerdy stuff.

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  • Complex systems
  • Team functioning & cognition
  • Learning & decision-making
  • Personnel testing/selection
  • Computational modeling & simulation
  • Bayesian statistics
  • PhD in Organizational Psychology, 2012

    Michigan State University

  • MA in Organizational Psychology, 2008

    Michigan State University

  • BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude, Minor in Business Administration), 2006

    Auburn University, Auburn AL




I explore how the judgments, choices, and behaviors of individuals unfold over time and give rise to unique patterns of psychological, social, and organizational outcomes.


I teach and present on topics related to organizational psychology, judgment & decision-making, and research methods for the social and organizational sciences.


I team with students, colleagues, and practitioners to pursue important questions about how to make individuals, teams, and organizations work better.



I am not recruiting PhD students for the current application cycle.


I do not currently have openings for undergraduate research assistants and do not expect opportunities to participate in the lab at this time. Please check back later.