Dr. Laura Severance is the Director of Military Personnel Research at Fors Marsh Group. She has a background in gender dynamics and sexual assault, with a focus on the Military, military recruiting, cross-cultural issues, and negotiation. Laura’s team conducts research (primarily surveys and focus groups) related to quality-of-life issues within the Military, focusing on gender relations, race/ethnicity-based discrimination, general force well-being, and military spouse well-being, among other topics.
Before joining Fors Marsh Group, Laura conducted research on intercultural conflict and negotiation as a MURI Graduate Fellow at the University of Maryland. She has authored numerous papers and book chapters and has presented at conferences, including the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. She received a Clara Mayo Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues to support her work on gender and conflict in organizations. She also completed an internship with Federal Management Partners, where she worked on projects related to organizational assessment, individual assessment, and employee development.
Laura earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Social, Decision, and Organizational Sciences from the University of Maryland and her B.A. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College.