Our Mission

To enhance the quality of the MTSU's I-O Psychology program, serve its students, represent the University with pride, contribute to the community, and impact organizations and the people in them with integrity.

Our Values


Our History

COHRE was created as an independent consulting unit in 2003. It was designed to be an extension of the educational mission of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program, as well as Middle Tennessee State University's mission of developing a collaborative relationship with businesses and nonprofits within the local community.

In the time that it has existed, COHRE has already provided services to an impressive range of clients that span a variety of industries. COHRE's unique position as both an affiliate of MTSU and as a resource to the local community enables it to serve as a portal to the resources that the university has to offer, as well as the knowledge and experience of external consultants and alumni.

Although COHRE is affiliated with MTSU, it is a self-sustaining entity. Profits that it gains are used to benefit the educational mission of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program and the educational mission of the university. Because of these educational connections, COHRE is on the cutting edge of developments within the Industrial and Organizational Psychology field, which translates to both innovative and scientifically validated solutions for its clients.

COHRE's affiliated Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program has been ranked by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology as the top I-O Master's program in the nation. Similarly, the  MTSU chapter of Society for Human Resource Management was named a National Outstanding Student Chapter for 2016-2017. These nationwide recognitions underscore the value of MTSU's I/O program. 

This program draws top talent from around the globe and COHRE utilizes these individuals to work as project associates in consulting projects - many of whom have prior work experience in the human resources or related field. Furthermore, COHRE integrates nationally acclaimed professionals from its MTSU affiliation with a selective group of collaborative private consultants. Each consultant typically brings over 20 years of experience in creating human resources and organizational development solutions.

Our Clients

COHRE utilizes vast client experience across diverse industries and organizations of all sizes. Our versatility and ability to customize solutions to fit your needs comes from deep knowledge and experience with a variety of organizations. 

Learn how we have helped organizations like yours transform their operations and achieve outstanding results by visiting our “Success Stories” section. The following list is a small sample of our satisfied clients:

Federal Government
U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Internal Revenue Service

State & Local Government
Rutherford County-HR Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Human Resources, State of Tennessee, Tennessee Board of Regents, Town of Smyrna, Tennessee Highway Patrol, City of Murfreesboro Police Department, TN Small Business Development Center, Bedford County

City of Murfreesboro School System, MTSU Aerospace Department, Psi Chi International Honor Society, University of Illinois-Springfield

Community Health Services, Inc., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Preston Memorial Hospital, Tenet Health, ClarisHealth

Ceridian, First Tennessee Bank, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, Cracker Barrel, Jack Daniels, Rutherford Cable, Brookdale Senior Living, Correct Care

United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, Presbyterian Church


Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.