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Coaching Research Laboratory

Welcome to the Coaching Research Lab

The Coaching Research Lab is a joint initiative between scholars and leading organizations to develop a more comprehensive understanding of coaching through empirical research. Using the latest research from the scholarship of coaching, woven together with real life experiences of business leaders committed to realizing its many benefits, we seek to inspire coaches and coachees alike to pursue their passions, realize their dreams and contribute compassionately to the establishment of effective coaching relationships within their organizations.

Coaching Research Laboratory (CRL) Purpose: to advance and support research on the effectiveness and process of coaching.

We use the term "coaching" to refer to a broad range of helping relationships, which include coach–client, leader–follower, manager–subordinate, doctor/nurse–patient, teacher/professor–student, therapist–client, cleric–parishioner, parent–child, and mentor–protégé. Learn more about the CRL’s mission and vision.

CRL Leadership

The organizational behavior faculty leading this initiative include Ellen Van Oosten, PhD, serving as director; Richard Boyatzis, PhD and Melvin Smith, PhD, as senior research fellows; and Angela Passarelli, Scott Taylor and Anthony Jack as Research Fellows. The CRL is established in partnership with Weatherhead Executive Education.

For questions concerning the CRL, please contact Ellen at or our lab manager Gareth Craze at

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