Michael Coovert

Michael Coovert

Professor Emeritus and External Graduate Co-Advisor





Area Concentration: Industrial/Organizational
Founding Director: Center for Psychology & Technology (1991-2013)
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 doctoral minor work was in computer science. Dr. Coovert’s master’s degree is from Illinois State University and an undergraduate degree in computer science and psychology (dual major) from Chaminade University of Honolulu.


Graduate: Structural Equation Modeling, Factor Analysis, Psychology & Technology, Human Factors & Ergonomics

Undergraduate: Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Human Factors & Ergonomics, Psychological Statistics, Psychology & Technology


I am interested in the changing nature of work, especially the impact of technology on individuals and organizations. My recent work has focused on issues relevant to a cyber workforce and occupations. I have methodological interests in modeling performance of individuals and teams over time especially as they interact with computer mediated technology. I am working with a team to develop and validate a serious game for selection of cyber operators in the Air Force. I recently completed work as a panel member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to advise the Federal Aviation Administration on Cybersecurity Workforce issues (link).

Examples of substantive topics include: Employing serious games as a selection tool for cyber occupations, modeling the development of trust in distributed human-human and human-technology teams, cybersecurity workforce issues, robotics, serious games in training and assessment, artificial intelligence, computer-supported cooperative work, the role of intelligent agents in the workplace, and multimodal interactions and interfaces. See Publications for reprints of selective work.

Research support has been received from: Army Research Institute, United States Air Force, United States Navy, National Cancer Institute, and others.


  • Selected as a Senior Research Associate by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Summer 2015
  • Alumnus of the Year: In Recognition of Outstanding Lifetime Career Accomplishments. Illinois State University, Department of Psychology, 2012
  • Fellow: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Fellow: American Psychological Association
  • Fellow: Association for Psychological Science
  • Presidential Excellence Award, University of South Florida, 2003
  • Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award (USF wide teaching award), 1998
  • State of Florida Teaching Incentive Program Award (for excellence in teaching), 1995
  • Elected as a member of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP). Year elected, 1995. Trustee of the Society 2011-2014.
  • Magna Cum Laude