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Michelle Donovan

Dr. Michelle A. Donovan, Director, People Development at Google has a passion for using data to make a difference in people’s lives.  She joined Google in 2006 and has applied I/O psychology to issues ranging from nudging employees to engage in healthy behaviors to rebooting their performance management system.  Her work on "Project Oxygen," a study of the impact and behaviors of managers, has influenced how managers are onboarded, trained, and rewarded at Google; her work in this area has been cited by the New York Times, Fast Company and the Harvard Business Review.  Prior to Google, she worked at Intel Corporation on surveys and research on turnover and completed an internship at Personnel Decisions Research Institutes.   She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has served on the SIOP Workshop Committee and the 2013 Leading Edge Consortium Organizing Committee, was an Officer of the Bay Area Applied Psychologists and IT Survey Group, and has published her work in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.


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