Susannah Paletz is an accomplished University of Maryland College of Information Studies Associate Professor. She received her Ph.D. in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Paletz has an affiliation with the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) and the Social Data Science Center (SODA), and she is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland. She is the Director of the Organizational Teams and Technology Research Society (OTTRS).
Paletz has an extensive background in research, having worked at NASA Ames Research Center as a civil servant Research Psychologist from 2004 to 2008. She then worked at the University of Pittsburgh from 2008 to 2013, where she studied the social and cognitive aspects of team processes. Paletz joined the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) as an Associate Research Scientist in 2013 and was promoted to Research Scientist in 2017. She joined the INFO as a Research Professor in 2019 and became an Associate Professor in 2021.
Paletz's research focuses on the intersection of social psychology and information science. She uses a variety of research methods, analyzing data from surveys, experiments, interviews, archives, social media, audio, and video. Her work examines various topics, such as teams, culture, creativity, information, and technology, as well as other applied psychology topics such as emotions in social media. Paletz's research has implications for how people communicate and share information and the future of work.