Dr. Donelson R. Forsyth
Professor, Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership

A social and personality psychologist, Dr. Forsyth studies groups, leadership, ethical thought, and moral judgment. In addition to his general interest in group processes and psychological aspects of moral judgments, he explores empirically the psychological and interpersonal consequences of success and failure at the group and individual level, individual differences in ethical ideology, and perceptions of leaders.

He has authored more than 150 books, chapters, and articles on ethics, groups, and related topics, and his work has appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychologist, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. His work has been supported by grants from the NIH, NSF, JPL/NASA, and SCHEV. In 1996 he founded the journal Group Dynamics and served in 2008 as the president of Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy.

At the Jepson School, he teaches courses such as Group Dynamics and Leadership and the Social Sciences.
Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond, 2010
State of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002
Award of Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002
Distinguished Scholar Award, Virginia Social Science Association, 2001
Outstanding Group Psychologist, American Psychological Association, 1996
Selected Publications

Group dynamics (6th edition). (2013). Belmont, CA: Cengage.

Social psychology of leadership. (2008). Co-editor with C. L. Hoyt & A. R. Goethals. New York: Praeger.
The professor's guide to teaching: Psychological principles and practices (2003). Washington: American Psychological Association.

Our social world. (1995). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Handbook of social and clinical psychology: The health perspective. Co-editor with C. R. Snyder. (1991). New York: Pergamon.
Psychotherapy and behavior change: Social, cultural, and methodological perspectives. With H. N. Higginbotham & Stephan G. West. (1988). New York: Pergamon.
Social psychology. (1987). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
An introduction to group dynamics. (1983). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Forsyth, D. R., O'Boyle, E. H., & McDaniel, M. A. (2008). East meets West: A meta-analytic investigation of cultural variations in idealism and relativism. Journal of Business Ethics, 83, 813-833.

Forsyth, D. R. (2004). Inferences about actions performed in constraining contexts: Correspondence bias or correspondent inference? Current Psychology: Developmental, Learning, Personality, Social, 23, 41-51
Forsyth, D. R. (2001). Breaking standards of morality when studying morality: Case commentaries. Ethics & Behavior, 11, 357-360.
Forsyth, D. R., Zyzniewski, L. E., & Giammanco, C. A. (2002). Responsibility diffusion in cooperative collectives. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 54-65.
Forsyth, D. R. (2000). The social psychology of groups and group psychotherapy: One view
of the next century. Group, 24, 147-155.
Forsyth, D. R., Elliott, T. R., & Welsh, J. A. (1999). The functions of groups: A psychometric analysis of the group resources inventory. International Journal of Action Methods, 52, 1-14.
Forsyth, D. R (1998). Methodological advances in the study of group dynamics. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2, 211-212.
82. Forsyth, D. R., Wittenbaum, G. M. (1998). Nothing is wrong, change is inevitable. Contemporary Psychology, 43, 476-477.
Forsyth, D. R. (1997). The scientific study of groups: An editorial. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 36.
Wright, S. S., & Forsyth, D. R. (1997). Group membership and collective identity: Consequences for self-esteem. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 16, 43-56.

D.Phil., University of Florida 1978
M.A., University of Florida 1975
B.S., Florida State University 1974
Psychology and Sociology
Contact Information
(804) 289-8461
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Group Dynamics
Social Behavior
Psychology of Morality