Welcome to the Applied Public Policy and Leadership Experiments (APPLE) Lab!

We are a social psychology research lab that examines interpersonal dynamics, judgment and decision-making, and victim-transgressor interactions.

Gabrielle Adams, Ph.D.

Gabrielle Adams conducts research on interpersonal dynamics and conflict resolution. A recent focus of her work has been on addressing workplace politics and resolving ethical transgressions through offender punishment, victim compensation, apologies, and forgiveness. She also studies prosocial behavior such as charitable donations and gift giving.


Her research has been published in journals such as Psychological Science; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. It has also been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review.


Professor Adams teaches courses on leadership, power, and organizational politics; interpersonal and group dynamics; negotiations; and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She has also taught executive education programs for top management teams in both public and private sectors. In 2014 she was honored as one of the Poets & Quants’ 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40. At UVA, she teaches the Foundations of Behavioral Science course and is the course director for Batten’s inaugural executive education program.

Get Involved

Sign up for our studies!
APPLE Lab is always looking for paid volunteers to participate in our studies during the academic year as well as in the summer! Our studies are spread out between two different participant pools:

Adams APPLE lab

1413 University Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903