Collaboration and Team Science: Mindset Matters

L. Michelle Bennett, Ph.D.
Institution/ Affiliation
LMBennett Consulting
Presentation Details (date, conference, etc.)

Presentation to BRAIN: Sunday June 16, 2024


Presentation to IMAG/MSM: Thursday March 3, 2022

Zoom Recording:

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Team Science, the convergence of different disciplines, is essential today for addressing our most complex scientific challenges. But there is more to successful collaboration than assembling scientific experts. There is strong data to support a need for the team to focus on both the science as well as the team functioning, or relationships, to be maximally effective. Strong relationships and personal well-being, in the context of the team, make important contributions to overall team productivity. Team scientists are also beginning to better understand the importance of individual and team mindset as a driving force for both the behaviors and the results the team gets. The Team Effectiveness Model for Science (TEMS) provides a framework for understanding the value of the mutual learning mindset as the core for the team, upon which they can then develop team specific scientific and relationship mindsets in support of their work together. TEMS helps answer the question of how a team can benefit from the multiple dimensions of diversity, essential for creativity and innovation, without those same differences undermining the teams functioning and performance.

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About the Speaker

Dr. L. Michelle Bennett is currently serving as the Chief Collaboration Officer of LMBennett Consulting where she focuses on helping individuals, teams and organizations create the capacity for more productive partnerships and innovation in team science.

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Prior to this role she served as the acting Chief Innovation Officer at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science where she promoted innovation and collaboration across the NIEHS as well as between NIEHS and other ICs, other federal agencies, and beyond.

In 2015 she established the NCI Center for Research Strategy, a science-based office charged with monitoring the direction and application of NCI’s scientific knowledge and resources. It coordinates the articulation of NCI priorities and facilitates scientific integration.

Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in oncology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and conducted her post-doctoral research in the genetic susceptibility to cancer at the interface of the environment.

Dr. Bennett has over 15 years of practical experience in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She co-authored Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide that serves as a primer for investigators who are building or participating on a research team. 


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Team Science, Teaming, Science of Science