Alex Benson

Dr. Alex Benson

Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Office: SSC 8408
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 85895
Curriculum Vitae

  • Bio

  • Publications

  • Research

Biographical Information

After completing my BSc and MSc in Kinesiology, I went on to complete my PhD in Social Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.  During this time, I also spent some time abroad at Bangor University in Wales as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Psychology of Elite Performance.  Before arriving at Western University, I was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Nipissing University.  My research program investigates group dynamics, with an aim of understanding how groups shape our experiences as individuals, and how individuals shape the groups to which they belong.

Selected Publications

Benson, A. J., Hardy, J., & Eys, M. A. (2016). Contextualizing leaders’ interpretations of proactive followership. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37, 949-966. doi: 10.1002/job.2077

Benson, A. J., Jordan, C. H., & Christie, A. M. (2016). Narcissistic responses to subordinate role assignment: The case of the narcissistic follower. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 985-999. doi: 10.1177/0146167216649608

Benson, A. J., Eys, M., & Irving, G. (2016). Great expectations: How role expectations and role experiences relate to perceptions of team cohesion. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 160-172. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0228

Benson, A. J., Šiška, P., Priklerová, S., & Slepička, P. (2016). A prospective multilevel examination of the relationship between cohesion and team performance in elite youth sport. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 27, 39-46. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.07.009

Benson, A. J., & Eys, M. A. (2017). Development of the Sport Team Socialization Tactics Questionnaire: Understanding the consequences of newcomer integration processes. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 39, 13-28. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2016-0182

Benson, A. J., Bruner, M. W., & Eys, M. (2017). A social identity approach to understanding the conditions associated with antisocial behaviors among teammates in female teams. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6, 129-142. doi:10.1037/spy0000090


My research program investigates group dynamics using a variety of methodologies, which include qualitative, correlational, and experimental approaches.  One stream of research is currently examining issues related to the integration of new members. Understanding the factors that can ease transitions into new groups is important, but sometimes what is good for a newcomer (or any single group member) is not good for the group as a whole.  A second stream of research focuses on how leader-follower dynamics develop in organizational teams and their consequences.  My research is published in leading journals in the areas of I/O (e.g., Journal of Organizational Behavior), social (e.g., Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin) and sport (e.g., Psychology of Sport & Exercise) psychology.