RIOT LabRelationship and Interaction Optimization in Teams

RIOT Lab Members

Jessica L. Wildman, Ph.D., director of the RIOT Lab, is an Associate Professor in the Industrial  Organizational Psychology program at Florida Tech, the research director for the Institute for Cross Cultural Management, and the Vice President, Conference Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. Dr. Wildman has over a decade of experience in the practice and science of interpersonal trust dynamics, multicultural/global work issues, and teams in the workplace. Dr. Wildman and her students have conducted organizational research for clients including the Office of Naval Research, NASA, and large multinational companies, and she uses these experiences as engaging examples in her interactive, discussion-based classes. Dr. Wildman was also recently awarded an early career grant from the Army Research Institute to examine the development, violation, and repair of interpersonal trust across cultures. Dr. Wildman and the RIOT lab have showcased their research through more than 60 conference presentations, 18 book chapters, and 12 journal articles.

Jesse Caylor is a a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the Florida Institute of Technology. He received his BA in Psychology from Park University in 2012 and his MS in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Florida Tech in 2018. As a member of RIOT Lab, he has predominantly helped run the longitudinal team study. Additionally, he presented the summarized results of the lab at the 2016 DEOMI Collaborative Series. Most recently, Jesse participated in a panel discussion of the need for research examining experience of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in work teams at SIOP 2019.

His research interests include diversity and stigmatized identity management within work teams. Outside of RIOT Lab, Jesse helps implement a university-wide training program for the development of cross-cultural competence. After completion of his degree, he plans to pursue a career in international consulting or applied research.


Ngoc (Lee) Duong is a second-year Master's student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology from Drexel University in June of 2016. Lee joined RIOT lab in the Fall of 2017. He is currently the lead for the Longitudinal Project Team Study and is also actively involved with the Artemis Lab Team Study. His current research interests include team adaptation, membership change, multiteam systems, identity-based motivation, and LGBT issues in teams. Outside of his academic interests, Lee enjoys traveling, photography, and cooking. 


Kayla Hoelzel earned her B.A. from Flagler College in Psychology and recently earned her Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology in 2018 from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has contributed to the longitudinal team study since joining the RIOT Lab in 2017. Her research passions include leadership, diversity and inclusion, and team composition.


Daniel Nguyen is a second year doctoral student the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the Florida Institute of Technology. He earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 2017. After graduating, he remained in College Station for a year to work as a research lab manager under Dr. Isaac Sabat to continue studying diversity & inclusion. He is currently the project lead for the longitudinal study, and is working on completing his thesis on team composition in human-agent teams.


Jacklyn Scymcyk is a second-year graduate student who earned her BA in Psychology with a Research Concentration and a minor in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. As a RIOT lab member she is involved in several studies and sub-teams. Her current research interests are in teams, leadership, and cross-cultural or global teams and leadership. Currently, she is looking at these topics and their interactions with political skill, organizational citizenship behaviors, trust, leader potential, and customer experience in additional projects.