Abby Mello


Professor, I/O Psychology; Director, M.S. Human Resource Development Graduate Program

Abby Mello

Contact Info

LA 2146


Ph.D., University of Tennessee,

B.S., Wesley College

Areas of Expertise



Work Teams

Individual Differences

Employee Selection

Conflict & Negotiation

Research Interests

Dr. Mello's research areas include teamwork (e.g., processes, conflict, and performance), cognition, and organizational culture. She is particularly interested in cognitive style diversity. In graduate school, she worked as a member of the Organizational Research Laboratory. She has applied experience as an assessor for the Tennessee Assessment Center and the University of Tennessee's Executive Education Leadership Development Program. 


Selected Publications

Chudzicka-Czupała, A., Grabowski, D., Mello, A., & Kuntz, J. (in press) Application of the theory of planned behavior in academic cheating research – cross-cultural comparison. Ethics & Behavior.

Mello, A. L. & Rentsch, J. R. (2015). Cognitive diversity in teams:  A multidisciplinary review, Small Group Research, 46(6), 623-658.

Mello, A. L. & Delise, L. A. (2015). Cognitive diversity to team outcomes: The roles of cohesion and conflict management. Small Group Research, 46(2), 204-226.

Mello, A. L., Fleisher, M. S., & Woehr, D. J. (2015). Varieties of research experience: Doctoral student perceptions of preparedness for future success. International Journal of Management Education, 13, 128-140.

Mello, A. L. & Rentsch, J. R. (2014). Cognitive style diversity in decision making teams: A conceptual framework. International Journal of Business and Social Research, 4(4), 137-149.

Rentsch, J. R., Delise, L. A., Mello, A. L., & Staniewicz, M. J. (2014). The integrative team knowledge building training strategy in distributed problem-solving teams. Small Group Research, 45(5), 568-591.

Mello, A. L. & Fleisher, M. S. (2011). An exploratory study of I-O doctoral students’ graduate school research experiences. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 48(3), 47-58.

Rentsch, J. R., Mello, A. L., & Delise, L. A. (2010). Collaboration and meaning analysis process in intense problem solving teams. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science, 11(4), 287-303. 

Courses Taught

  • HRD 606: Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC 327: Industrial Psychology