Angela M. Passarelli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management

Address: Beatty Center, Room 428
Office Hours: Dr. Passarelli is currently on Sabbatical and is expected to return the Fall 2022 semester. Advisees are asked to contact the Student Success Center located on the 1st floor of the Beatty Center.
Phone: 843.953.1909
Curriculum Vitae: Download

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

Research Interests

  • Coaching, mentoring
  • Leader development
  • Women in Leadership
  • Organizational neuroscience
  • Experiential learning

Courses Taught

  • Management & Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior & Change

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 - Director of Research, Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School    
  • 2021 - Representative-at-Large, Organizational Neuroscience Board, Academy of Management
  • 2013 - SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship (dissertation proposal award)   
  • 2013 - Best Research Poster Award, first runner up, Institute of Coaching  
  • 2012 - Harnisch Scholar, Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School     


Passarelli, A.M. (2020). The appreciative team huddle: Real-time, best-self feedback in student teams. Management Teaching Review.

Jack, A., Rochford, R., Friedman, J., Passarelli, A.M., & Boyatzis, R.E. (2019). Pitfalls in organizational neuroscience: A critical review and suggestions for future research. Organizational Research Methods, 22(1), 421-458. doi: 10.1177/1094428117708857.

Taylor, S., Passarelli, A.M., & Van Oosten, E.B. (2019). Leadership coach effectiveness as fostering self-determined sustained change. The Leadership Quarterly, 30 (6), 101313.

Passarelli, A.M., Boyatzis, R.E. & Wei, H. (2018). Assessing leader development: Lessons from a historical review of MBA outcomes. Journal of Management Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1052562917730105

Shaver, K., Schjoedt, L., Passarelli, A., & Reeck, C. (2017). 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. (pp. 207-240).  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

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.


Conference Presentations

Passarelli, A.M., Trinh, M.P., & Van Oosten, E.B. (2018). Executive coaching outcomes. Paper presented at Positive Relationships at Work Research Meeting, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Passarelli, A.M. (2018). In the mind’s eye: The power of an inspiring vision. Midwest Regional Coaching Conference - Science Track, International Coach Federation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Passarelli, A.M., Van Oosten, E.B., Varley, A., & Trinh, M.P. (2017). Effect of coaching modality on coaching effectiveness. Paper presented in symposium “High-tech or High-touch? Developmental Relationships in the Digital Age” (Passarelli, co-organizer). Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, GA. Showcase Symposium, Best Symposium Award, MED Division.

Passarelli, A.M. (2017). The Appreciative Team Huddle. Presented in K.Gibson & J.Kanov (organizers) Teaching Positive Relationships at Work Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Blair, C.A., & Passarelli, A. (2017). To affinity and beyond: Using diagramming as management educators. Teaching exercise presented at OBTC Teaching Conference for Management Educators, Providence, RI.

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.

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Passarelli's research, please see her CV.