COACh Research

Social science research is integrated into all COACh activities to assist in program development and assess the short and long-term impact of its programs. Results and descriptions of COACh activities are published in peer-reviewed journals,  professional publications, presentations and web-posted reports.

Highlights of COACh impact

COACh is actively involved in research to study the impact of its Career Building Workshops by conducting surveys of participants before they attend the workshops and 3-5 years after the workshops, Results of these surveys show that:

  • 94% state that what they learned in the COACh workshops helped with their career advancement.
  • Over 70% of postdoc attendees have attained faculty positions after leaving their postdoc.
  • Over a third (38%) reported that they took administrative positions after attending the COACh workshops; 86% of those credited COACh with either the decision to take on the position or with helping them in leadership effectiveness.
  • 91.3% state that they now feel more in control of their careers because of the COACh workshop.
  • 83% credit COACh workshops for reducing their personal stress.
  • Over 90% have mentored others in the skills that they learned at the workshops.

Publications, Reports and Editorials 

Research Personnel

Jean Stockard – Professor Emerita of Sociology and Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon

Recent and on-going work includes studying influences on student achievement, including the impact of curricular change and teacher training; examining variables that affect attitudes and behavioral responses to climate change; exploring the influence of the built environment and other environmental characteristics on health and subjective well-being; analyzing the impact of gender and minority status on career advancement, especially in the physical sciences; exploring the role of leisure in the lives of middle aged adults; and analyses of cohort variations in violent behavior, with special emphasis on the relation of social policy to variations in homicide and suicide among youth in the United States and other countries.

Jessica K. Greene – Professor and Director of Research, School of Nursing, George Washington University

Jessica Greene is Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the School of Nursing, which she joined in 2012. She is a health services researcher whose focus is on evaluating health policies and strategies for improving quality of care.  In one area of her research, she examines the impact of financial incentives on health care providers and on consumers.  She is currently conducting a study on the impact of an innovative compensation model on primary care providers’ practice.  In another area, she examines the importance of patient activation, or having the motivation, knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage one’s own health.  Her research has been published widely, including in Health Affairs, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and the Milbank Quarterly.