Victoria Kennel, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Allied Health Professions Education, Research, and Practice
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984420 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4420
Twitter: @v_kennel

Academic Appointments:
Graduate Faculty, University of Nebraska: 2018-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Allied Health Professions Education, Research, and Practice: 2015-present

PhD: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2015
MA: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2012
BS: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2009

TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, 2014
TeamSTEPPS Advanced Master Training, 2015

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
CAHP 431/631, Management in Health Care
Development of a Certificate Program in Quality Improvement
Teamwork, Team Science, and Quality Improvement lectures in CAHP and MSIA

Scholarly Activity:
Research interests include: creating high-performing teams, assessment of team performance, team training and development, how the use of technology changes the experience of teamwork, engaging patients and caregivers in the healthcare team, quality improvement and patient safety, team creative problem solving and innovation.

Recent Publications:
Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, Allen JA. Teams in small organizations: Conceptual, methodological, and practical considerations. Frontiers in Psychology. Accepted for publication.

Kennel V, Rosen MA, Lowndes BR. Virtual teamwork in healthcare delivery: I-O psychology in telehealth research and practice. Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2021. Accepted for publication.

Webster TL, Honeycutt K, Becker BJ, Haggar FL, Kennel VL, McBrien SB. Fix Your Leaky Pipeline: Support Women in Pursuit of Advanced Degrees. Med.Sci.Educ. (2021).

Becker BJ, Shope R, Willett GM, Von Essen S, Kennel V. Early career physical therapy faculty connecting with others for scholarly activity: A grounded theory study. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. October 27, 2020 - Volume Published Online First - Issue - doi: 10.1097/JTE.0000000000000161

Kennel V, Fedderson J, Skinner N, Lowndes B. A tale of two patient safety programs: Comparing tools and skills in two programs for integration into interprofessional clinical simulation-based training. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting; 2019;63:738-742. DOI: 10.1177/1071181319631415

Kennel V. Building your dream team by utilizing team science. In Love L, Blusys M, eds. THRIVE: Success strategies for the modern-day faculty member. Omaha, NE: Office of Faculty Development, University of Nebraska Medical Center; 2019:64.

Jones KJ, Crowe J, Allen JA, Skinner AM, High R, Kennel V, Reiter-Palmon R. The impact of post-fall huddles on repeat fall rates and perceptions of safety culture: A quasi-experimental evaluation of a patient safety demonstration project. BMC Health Services Research. 2019.

Jones KJ, Skinner A, Venema D, Crowe J, High R, Kennel V, Allen J, Reiter‐Palmon R. Evaluating the use of multiteam systems to manage the complexity of inpatient falls in rural hospitals. Health Serv Res. 2019; 54(5):994-100.

Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, de Vreede T, de Vreede GJ. The role of structure and instruction on creative idea evaluation and selection. In Lebuda I, Glaveanu V, eds. Palgrave handbook of social creativity research. Palgrave. 2019:209-224.

Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, Kaufman J. Individual creativity in the workplace. New York, NY: Elsevier. 2018.

Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, Kaufman J, eds. Individual creativity in the workplace: An introduction. In: Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, Kaufman J, eds. Individual creativity in the workplace. New York, NY: Elsevier. 2018:xv-xxiii.

Allen JA, Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, Jones KJ. Group and organizational safety norms set the stage for good post-fall huddles. J Leadersh Organ Stud. 2019;26(4):465-475. DOI:10.1177/1548051818781820

Reiter-Palmon R, Kennel V, Allen J, Jones KJ. Good catch!: Using interdisciplinary teams and team reflexivity to improve patient safety. Group & Organization Management: Teamwork and Teamwork Training in Healthcare. Online first April 16, 2018. DOI: 10.1177/1059601118768163

Kennel V, Jones KJ, & Reiter-Palmon R. Team innovation in healthcare. In R. Reiter-Palmon (Ed.), Team Creativity. Oxford University Press; 2017:307-336.

Harms M, Kennel V, & Reiter-Palmon R. Team creativity: Cognitive processes underlying problem-solving. In R. Reiter-Palmon (Ed.), Team Creativity. Oxford University Press; 2017:61-86.

Active Grants/Contract Support:
Co-Investigator, Creating Connections: Using Student Tele-Teams to Empower Rural Stroke Survivors, funded by the American Heart Association Nebraska Mission: Lifeline Rural Stroke Innovators Grant, 2020-2022.

Co-Principal Investigator, CAPTURE Falls: Collaboration and Proactive Teamwork Used to Reduce Falls, funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, 2019-2024
Visit the CAPTURE Falls program website at

Member, American Psychological Association
Member, Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology
Member, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research