Image of Stephen Colarelli, Ph.D.
  • Position: I/O Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 235, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
  • Email: colar1sm@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae

Bio:

Stephen Colarelli was born in Denver and grew up in Arvada, Colorado. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University, where he studied political science and history. After college he served in the Peace Corps for two years in Senegal, West Africa. Upon returning from the Peace Corps, he received his M.A. in social and organizational psychology from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology from New York University. Professor Colarelli was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Zambia and a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore and Hong Kong Baptist University.

Research Interests: 

Professor Colarelli's research is concerned with the question of how evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology in particular can influence the ways we think about, conduct research on, and manage behavior in organizations. While evolutionary theory is the foundation of the life sciences, it has made few inroads into organizational psychology and management. His writing and research involve integrating these perspectives. He also conducts basic research in evolutionary psychology.

Professor Colarelli's work in I/O psychology focuses on: (1) mismatch between our evolved human nature and modern organizations, (2) understanding the use and non-use modern human resource technologies within the context of our evolved psychological adaptations; and (3) adapting human resource technologies so that they are more compatible with our evolved psychology.

Recent Research:

Johnson, M. J., & Colarelli, S. M. (2019) Selection for Cooperative Relationships. In T. K.  Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Meteor Springer: Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3494-1

Han, K., Colarelli, S. M., & Weed, N. C. (in press). Methodological and Statistical Advances in the Consideration of Cultural Diversity in Assessment: Measurement Invariance Tests and Multi-group Confirmatory Analysis. Psychological Assessment.

Colarelli, S. M., McDonald, A., Christensen, M., & Honts, C. (2017). A companion dog increases pro-social behavior in small groups. Anthrozoös,30, 77-89, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2017.1270595.

D'Souza, G., Prewett, M., & Colarelli, S. M. (2017). Selection for virtual teams. In H. W. Goldstein, E. Pulakos, C. Semedo &  J. Passmore. The Wiley handbook of the Psychology of Recruitment, Selection, and Retention (pp. 334-352). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118972472.ch16

Li, N., van Vugt, M., & Colarelli, S. M. (2017). The evolutionary mismatch hypothesis: Implications for psychological science. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

O'Brien, K. E., Minjock, R. M., Colarelli, S. M., & Yang, C. (2017). Kinship ties and employee theft perceptions in family-owned businesses. European Management Journal.

O'Brien, K., Minjock, R., & Colarelli, S. M., & Yang, C. (2017). Nepotism, expected altruism, and employee theft in family businesses: An evolutionary perspective. European Management Journal.

Wan, Y., She, Y., Colarelli, S. M., Fang, Y., Chen, Q., Zhang, X., Zhu, H. (2017). Exposure to nature counteracts aggression after depletion. Aggressive Behavior.

An, M., Colarelli, S. M., & O'Brien, K., & Boyajian M. E. (2016). Why we need more nature at work: Effects of sunlight exposure and natural elements on employee well-being. PLOS ONE. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0155614

Colarelli, S. M., & Arvey, R. D. (Eds.). (2015). The Biological foundations of organizational behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.