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 Angie Passarelli and Scott Taylor as Research Fellows. The CRL is established in partnership with Weatherhead Executive Education.

For questions concerning the CRL, please contact Ellen at ellen.vanoosten@case.edu or our lab manager Gareth Craze at gareth.craze@case.edu.


News, Research Articles & Events

  • Coaching practitioners can work with organizational leaders to enhance their sense of creativity by bringing the right skill set, creating the right context, engendering as much positive affect as possible, and helping the coachee to develop a deep understanding of their self.

Current Organizational Partners




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CRL Leadership

Ellen Van Oosten

Richard Boyatzis

Melvin Smith

Angela Passarelli

Scott Taylor