Mary (Mara) J. Waller (Ph.D., Univ. of Texas at Austin; MS, Univ. of Colorado - Denver; BBA, Univ. of Oklahoma - Norman) is Senior Research Scholar at the College of Business, Colorado State University, and Professor Emerita, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
Before beginning her academic career, Mary worked in the petroleum, aviation, and software industries -- work that involved collaborating in teams facing critical situations. That experience helped motivate her program in team dynamics research, resulting in 30 years of research involving quantitative studies of flight crews, nuclear power crews, healthcare teams, harbor management teams, mine rescue teams, military and other teams, all working in simulated or actual crisis-laden situations. Her work has been published in numerous outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group & Organization Management, Organizational Research Methods, British Medical Journal, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She holds research and teaching awards across multiple universities, and has been awarded competitive research grants from the U.S. Army Research Institute, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other government institutions. Mary served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, is an Associate Editor of Organizational Psychology Review, and serves as an active member of several international scholarly journals and organizations.