COL Donna Brazil is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the United States Military Academy. She graduated from the USMA in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and she also holds a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. COL Brazil’s military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
COL Brazil has served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in the Continental United States and overseas. She served in the 53rd Transportation Battalion in Kaiserslautern Germany, the 7th Transportation Battalion in Ft Bragg, North Carolina and the 541st Maintenance Battalion in Ft Riley Kansas. COL Brazil commanded the 126th Transportation Company at Ft Bragg and served as Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer at Ft Riley. She taught Leadership and Group Dynamics in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy from 1992-1995 and returned as the director of the Military Leadership Course in 2001. In 2003, COL Brazil served with the Office of Military Cooperation – Afghanistan as part of a team of advisors assisting the Afghan Ministry of Defense in establishing the Afghan Military Academy. COL Brazil currently serves as the Director of the Psychology Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.
In addition to her teaching duties, COL Brazil volunteers as the Head Officer Representative to Army Women’s Basketball Team and coaches youth lacrosse.
Experimental Social Psychology
Colloquium in Psychology (Positive Psychology and Resilience)
Brazil, D.M. (2010) “Leading Individuals and Project Management Teams” in D. Merino and J. Farr ed, The Engineering Management Handbook, American Society of Engineering Management, 283-291.
Farr, J. V. and Brazil, D. M. (2009) Leadership Skills Development for Engineers. Engineering Management Journal, 21:1, 3-8.
Trainor, T.E., Brazil, D.M. and Lindberg, T. (2008) Building Knowledge from Organizational Experience: Approaches and Lessons Learned from US Army Base Camp Workshops. Engineering Management Journal, 20:2, 37-45.
Vecchio, R. P. and Brazil, D. M., (2007) Leadership and Sex-Similarity: A Comparison in a Military Setting. Personnel Psychology, 60:2, 303-335.
Borggren, E. J. and Brazil, D. M. (2007). “Reflections on Moral Development at West Point.” In L. Matthews ed, Forging the Warrior’s Character, Sisters, Oregon, Jerico LLC, 101-124.
Vecchio, R. P., Bullis, R. C. and Brazil, D. M., (2006) The Utility of Situational Leadership Theory: A Replication in a Military Setting. Small Groups Research, in press.
Ben-Yoav Nobel, O., Zbylut, M. L., Fuchs, D., Campbell, K., Brazil, D., and Morrison, E. (2006) Leader Experience and the Identification of Challenges in a Stability and Support Operation. Technical Bulletin, United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Kolditz, T.A., & Brazil, D.M. (2005). “Authentic Leadership in In Extremis Settings: A Concept for Extraordinary Leaders in Exceptional Situations.” In B. Avolio, F. Luthans, & W. Gardner, eds., Monographs in Leadership and Management, Elsevier Series.
Insko, C. A., Schopler, J., Gaertner, L., Wildschut, T., Kozar, R., Pinter, B., Finkel, E., Brazil, D. M., Cecil, C., & Montoya, R. (2001) Interindividual – intergroup discontinuity reduction through the anticipation of future interaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 95-111.
Insko, C. A., Schopler, J., Graetz, K. A., Drigotas, S. H., Currey, D.P., Smith, S. L., & Brazil, D. (1994). Interindividual – intergroup discontinuity in the Prisoner’s Dilemma Game. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 38 87-116.
Schopler, J., Insko, C. A., Currey, D. P., Smith, S. L., Brazil, D., Riggens, T., Gaertner, L. & Peterson, S. (1994). The survival of the competitive tradition in the intergroup discontinuity context. Motivation and Emotion, 18, 301-315.
Research history is not available at this time.