Jessie Aileen Cannon

Jessie Aileen Cannon

Jessie Aileen Cannon

Graduate Research Assistant

Leadership, Multiteam systems, organizational culture, legal issues in HR

As a native Seattleite, I’ve spent most of my life on the West Coast, receiving my bachelor’s in Psychology from Whitworth University in Eastern Washington and a Master’s in I-O Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.

I took three years off between undergraduate studies and the Master’s program, working with Amazon as a technical recruiter. Originally, I had not intended to study IO Psychology, but was drawn to it when I realized I spent more time thinking about the effects of leadership styles on our team dynamics than I did thinking about my actual work!

Through the Master’s program at Seattle Pacific I’ve had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of Seattle businesses including the Gates Foundation, VillageReach, a global nonprofit, and Trident Seafoods. I’ve worked on teams and individually to consult on business strategy, team dynamics, and most recently creating a training module on organizational culture and change management. 

I am currently working under Dr. Steve Zaccaro, conducting research on leadership in children's media, the relationship between cognitive development and leadership emergence, and multiteam systems in the healthcare context. Currently I also work as a research assistant with Dr. Deborah Rupp, editing her book on discrimination in the workplace from a legal perspective. 


B.A. Psychology, Whitworth University

M.A. Industrial Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University