Professor Overbeck received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her B.A. in East Asian Studies was granted by the University of Hawaii.
Professor Overbeck's research focuses on issues of power and social judgement, power in negotiations, and group processes involving power and status. She has authored papers for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and Research on Managing Groups and Teams. Before attending graduate school, Professor Overbeck worked in private business, most recently as vice president of operations for a national test-preparation company. She has provided process-change and program evaluation consulting for several small organizations and a state agency in Colorado.