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The Science Of Coaching

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

There is already a broad evidence base for health coaching, with research showing the successful application of health coaching in diabetes, obesity, smoking cessation, hypertension and dietary behaviour change.


We've prepared a library of resources to help you understand the science behind coaching, which can be accessed here:


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According to Institute of Coaching, Coaching science is the scientific foundation that underpins the work of all professional coaches. The translation of science into coaching practice is the life force of the Institute of Coaching. The broad and deep scientific foundation includes basic and applied research, theories and models that support or inform coaching practices. We organized our Coaching Science resources into a few categories:

  1. Coaching Theories and Models - the most valuable theories and models deployed by coaches.

  2. Coaching Research - study of coaching protocols and outcomes.

  3. Human Performance Science - research and theoretical models supporting optimal performance in life and work.

  4. Neuroscience - research and theoretical models supporting optimal physical and mental health and well-being.

  5. Mental & Physical Health - research and theoretical models supporting optimal physical and mental health and well-being.


Coaching Theories and Models Below are a selection of Master Classes (and their accompanying resources) to help you learn more about the most valuable theories and models deployed by coaches.

  1. Self-Determination Theory - Master Class: Translating Self-Determination Theory into Your Coaching Practice

  2. Transtheoretical Model - Master Class on Transtheoretical Model

  3. Coaching for Compassion - Master Class: Coaching Toward the Positive

  4. Subject-Object Theory - Master Class: How to Raise Consciousness with Robert Kegan

  5. Motivational Interviewing- Master Class: Update to Motivational Interviewing in Coaching


Coaching Research

We offer an overview of the conduct of coaching research. We have assembled the top coaching protocols and outcomes papers in two coaching domains (executive and health & wellness).

  1. Introduction to Coaching Research

  2. Executive Coaching Outcomes Research resources

  3. Health & Wellness Coaching Outcomes Research resources