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Michael  Coovert

Michael Coovert

Michael Coovert
Professor and Graduate Program Director


Office: PCD 4149
Phone: 813/974-0482



Area Concentration: Industrial/Organizational
Founding Director: Institute for Human Performance, Decision Making & Cybernetics
Member, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Michael D. Coovert joined the faculty of USF in 1985, was promoted to associate in 1990, and full professor in 1998. He served as Associate Chair of Psychology from 1998-2001. Dr. Coovert received his PhD in psychology from The Ohio State University with an emphasis in industrial and organizational. His master’s degree is from Illinois State and an undergraduate degree in computer science and psychology (dual major) from Chaminade University of Honolulu.


Structural Equation Modeling, Factor Analysis, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Factors, Psychological Statistics


I am interested in the impact of technology (e.g., cognitive systems) on individuals and in organizations.  I have methodological interests in modeling human performance that occurs in individuals and teams across time.

My research team has been working on a large qualitative and quantitative review of multimodal technologies. These allow interactions (via vision, sound, touch) on the part of the user with computational devices. A goal is to understand the optimal manor to perform tasks which require specific sensory modalities.

Another project examines team performance on complex tasks. We examine models of individual and team performance from: multiple hierarchical perspectives, different role specific perspectives, and cognitive/behavioral change across time. Training in these teams is also of interest as they move to a distributed mission training environment augmented by intelligent agents.

We have examined team based collaborative critical thinking through addressing several questions. How can team process variables facilitate collaboration and critical thinking? What role does technology play in order to facilitate collaboration and critical thinking for both individuals and teams?

A current project’s focus is on enhancing engagement in medical education and training. Partnering with USF Health and the Department of Pediatrics, we are assessing the role of computer tablets (iPads) and various approaches for digital content delivery and other uses to determine the optimal cognitive systems approach for impacting medical education and training.

I also have a substantive interest in technology and how it impacts individuals and organizations. This includes: cognitive systems, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, the role of intelligent agents, and multimodal interactions. Research support has been received from: Army Research Institute, United States Air Force, United States Navy, National Cancer Institute, among others.

Specialty Area


Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
24829PSY 4931020Human Factors
Meets with INP 7937

CPH 2022
13898SOP 6266002Structural Equation Modeling

PCD 2122
14832PSY 6917011Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U Only.

TBA 100
14877PSY 6971011Thesis: Master's
Majors Only

TBA 100
14918PSY 7918011Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100
17846INP 7937008Human Factors
Majors Only Meets with PSY 4931

CPH 2022
15018PSY 7980011Dissertation: Doctoral
Adm to Doc Candidacy Required. Majors Only.

TBA 100