Michael J. Covell

Undergraduate institution: Berklee College

My research interests have recently centered on how people construct perceptions of various phenomena including supervisory conflict, work-family balance, and deservingness. This involves thinking about perceptions as outcomes that emerge over time, rather than thinking about them as predictors as they’re often treated in the IO psychology literature. Understanding processes of perception emergence is important for managing or designing interventions that influence employee perceptions. For my dissertation, I am examining the emergence of conflict perception between subordinates and their supervisors using experience sampling methodology. This involves collecting daily self-reports of workplace events and conflict perceptions as well as global perceptions of conflict over a month-long timeframe. This research will examine how disagreements and other kinds of social events contribute to global perceptions of conflict. My previous work on work-family balance investigated the construction of perceptions based on psychological need fulfillment within the work and family domains, separately. This work indicates that fulfillment at work may influence work-family balance perception more than fulfillment in the family domain. Finally, I have in ongoing interest in the role of self-regulatory processes including goal pursuit and self-esteem regulation in reactions to performance feedback. My work in this area has examined the conditions under which negative feedback augments or attenuates subsequent performance motivation

Representative publications and presentations:

  • Covell, M.J. (2018). An affective events theory analysis of conflict perception emergence (Dissertation), CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.

  • Covell, M.J., & Sommer, K. (2017, April) Does trait self-esteem moderate the motivational consequences of self-threatening feedback? Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.

  • Covell, M.J., (2016). Augmentation and attenuation effects of negative feedback that evokes self-threat on performance motivation: The role of task similarity (Master’s thesis). CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.

  • Covell, M.J., & Shockley, K.M. (2016, April). A Self-Determination View of Work-Family Balance. Poster presented at the 31st annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, CA.

  • Covell, M.J., Baumann, J., & DeSteno, D. (2010, May) Nonverbal cues enhance accuracy in predicting economic exchange. Poster presented at 22nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.