Meet the COHRE Staff

Michael Hein, Ph.D. headshotMichael Hein, Ph.D.

Director & Consultant

Areas of Expertise
Job Analysis, Employee Surveys, Training Needs Analysis, Training, Leadership, Employee Selection, Performance Appraisal, and Performance Management

Dr. Hein is a Senior Consultant for the Center of Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE) and a Professor of Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I-O) Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990.

He has over twenty-five years of experience consulting with clients in a variety of industries on projects regarding job analysis, employee surveys, training needs analysis, onboarding new employees, leadership development, performance appraisal and organizational performance measurement. Some of his past clients include Toshiba, Jack Daniel's, Eaton, Square-D, SSR, Murfreesboro Police Department, Ingram Books, Rutherford County, Kroll Background America, Tennessee Board of Regents, and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

Dr. Hein has taught in several areas of I-O psychology, including research design, and statistics such as job performance and appraisal, training, research methodology and factor analysis. He was awarded the 2016 Career Acheivement Award, which is considered the pinnacle of recognition for stellar MTSU professors.

His research interests include leadership, best use of training/practice time, the determinants of skilled task performance, and the development of expertise. He has presented numerous papers at professional conventions and meetings. He has published articles in Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Personality, Group Dynamics, Human Factors, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the Journal of Creative Behavior. In addition, he has co-authored book chapters in The Biodata Handbook and Improving Organizational Performance with the Productivity Measurement and Enhancement System: An International Collaboration. Dr. Hein has served on multiple non-profit boards and provided board training to numerous non-profits. He has also done multiple projects with United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.  

He is also a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Society.