Angela M. Passarelli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Dr. Angela Passarelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management & Marketing at the College of Charleston, SC. Her research focuses on how developmental relationships support behavior change, particularly in the context of leader development. She draws on neuroscience and psychophysiology to explore the implicit dynamics of these relationships. Her research has been supported by grants from the Harnisch Foundation at the Harvard Institute of Coaching, as well as the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her work has been published in various journals including the Academy of Management Learning & Education, Leadership Quarterly, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, and the Journal of Experiential Education.
Angela has significant experience designing and delivering leadership development programs in both corporate and educational contexts. As a consultant and executive coach, she has worked with organizations in the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and education industries to increase the vitality of their leadership systems. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was responsible for undergraduate and graduate leadership development programs at Elon University and Texas A&M University.
Angela has taught courses and non-degree programs on leadership, organizational behavior, and experiential learning for graduate, undergraduate, and executive learners. She is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Ph.D., Organizational Behavior - 2014
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
M.S., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education - 2004
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
B.S., Psychology (major) / General Business (minor) - 2001
- Coaching, mentoring
- Leader development
- Women in Leadership
- Organizational neuroscience
- Experiential learning
- Management & Organizational Behavior
- Organizational Behavior & Change
Honors and Awards
- SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship (dissertation proposal award) 2013
- Best Research Poster Award, first runner up, Institute of Coaching 2013
- Harnisch Scholar, Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School 2012
Shaver, K., Schjoedt, L., Passarelli, A., & Reeck, C. (forthcoming). The cognitive neuroscience of entrepreneurial risk: conceptual and methodological challenges. In M.J. Day, M.C. Boardman, & N. Krueger, (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methodologies and Design in Neuro-entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar
Passarelli, A.M., & Boyatzis, R.E. (conditionally accepted). Pitfalls in organizational neuroscience: A critical review and suggestions for future research. Organizational Research Methods.
Passarelli, A.M., Van Oosten, E.B., & Eckert, M.A. (2017). Neuroscience in coaching research and practice. In T. Bachkirova, G. Spence, & D. Drake (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Coaching. London: SAGE.
Passarelli, A.M. (2015). Vision-based coaching: Optimizing resources for leader development. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:412. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00412
Passarelli, Angela. (2015). Organizational Neuroscience. In Oxford Bibliographies in Management. R. Griffin (Ed.) New York: Oxford University Press.
Boyatzis, R.E., Passarelli, A.M., & Wei, H. (2014). Developing emotional, social, and cognitive competencies in MBA programs: A Twenty-five year perspective. In R.E. Riggio & S.J. Tan (Eds.), Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills (pp. 311-330). New York: Routledge.
Kolb, A., Kolb, D., Passarelli, A., & Sharma, G. (2014). On becoming an experiential educator: The Educator Role Profile. Simulation & Gaming, 45(2), pp. 204-234.
Passarelli, A.M. (2014). Harnessing the power of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Inspiring leadership through emotional intelligence. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13(2), pp. 298-300.
Kenworthy, A.L., Passarelli, A.M., & Van Oosten, E. (2014). Introduction: Coaching and positive emotions – Exploring a collection of resources in the health and wellness domain. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13(2), pp. 290-292.
Jack, A., Boyatzis, R., Khawaja, M., Passarelli, A. & Leckie, R. (2013). Visioning in the brain: an fMRI study of inspirational coaching and mentoring. Social Neuroscience, 8(4), pp. 369-384.
Boyatzis, R.E., Passarelli, A.M., Koenig, K., Lowe, M., Mathew, B., Stoller, J.K., & Phillips, M. (2012). Examination of the neural substrates activated in memories of experiences with resonant and dissonant leaders. Leadership Quarterly, 23, 259-272.
Passarelli, A.M. & Kolb, D.A. (2012). Using experiential learning theory to promote student learning and development in programs of education abroad. In M. Vande Berg, M. Page, & K. Lou (Eds.), Student Learning Abroad (pp. 137-161). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
Passarelli, A.M., Van Oosten, E.B., & Varley, A. (2017). When high-tech meets high-touch: Exploring how communication modalities affect coaching. To be presented at the Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
Van Oosten, E. & Passarelli, A.M. (2016). Coach effectiveness: An integration of competence, relationship, and process factors. Paper presented in symposium “New Frontiers in Coaching Research” (organizer). Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA. Best Symposium Award, MED Division.
Kim, D. Passarelli, A.M., & Wang, W. (2016). Difference in local political ideology and its impact on mergers and acquisitions. World Finance Conference, NY, New York.
Van Oosten, E.V. & Passarelli, A.M. (2015). Coaching as an underutilized resource for leader development of emotional competence. Midwest Academy of Management Conference, Columbus, OH.
Passarelli, A.M. (2015). The effects of contrasting coaching interactions on clients’ developmental resources. Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference, Orlando, FL.
Passarelli, A.M. (2015). Positive coaching interactions foster goal-related behavior. Positive Organizational Scholarship Research Conference, Orlando, FL.
Passarelli, A.M., Abou Zeki, D., Boyatzis, R.E., Dawson, A.J., & Jack, A.I. (2015). Emotional attractor contagion affects attentional processes in coaching dyads. Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
Passarelli, A.M., Abou Zeki, D., Boyatzis, R.E., Dawson, A.J., & Jack, A.I. (2014). Widespread neural overlap of visual attention and self-regulatory focus: Implications for Leader Coaching. Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Passarelli, A.M., Abou Zeki, D., Boyatzis, R.E., Dawson, A.J., & Jack, A.I. (2013). Coaching with compassion helps you see the big picture: fMRI reveals neural overlap between different styles of coaching and visual attention. Poster presented at Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare conference, Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA., 1st Runner Up, Best Poster Award.
Passarelli, A.M. (2013). The heart of the matter: Cardiovascular measures in organizational research. Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, FL. (Symposium organizer, presenter).
Passarelli, A.M. & Van Oosten, E. (2013). Conversations that inspire: Coaching and positive emotions. Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, FL. (Symposium organizer). Best Symposium Award, MED Division.
Boyatzis, R.E. & Passarelli, A.M. (2013). Conversations that inspire: An overview of research on Intentional Change Theory. International Coach Federation Research Community of Practice, January meeting.
Passarelli, A.M., Sharma, G., & Van Oosten, E. (2012). Learning about learning: Advances in the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (KLSI 4.0). Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA.
For a comprehensive list of Dr. Passarelli's research, please see her CV.