Meet the COHRE Staff

Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D., J.D. headshotPatrick McCarthy, Ph.D., J.D.


Areas of Expertise
Organizational Diagnosis and Development, Team Building, Job Analysis, and Legal Issues

Dr. McCarthy has over 25 years of experience as an organizational consultant, and has worked with a wide range of organizations in both the public and private sector. 

He is a Senior Consultant for the Center of Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE). He previously worked for the Center of Entrepreneurial Studies and Development, and with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Office of Systems Innovation and their Personnel Research and Development Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. McCarthy's areas of expertise include organizational development, job analysis, performance appraisal, organizational assessment, leadership, strategic planning, training, group facilitation, organizational structure, organizational change and culture issues, motivation, and legal issues. He has worked with over 60 clients, including FedEx Freight, Nissan, United Way, State Farm Insurance, Proctor and Gamble, Carlex Glass, Altar'd State, Tennessee Board of Regent's, Pearl Drum Cooporation, National Organization of Workforce Diversity, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and many more. 

Dr.McCarthy's experience includes major organizational assessment and redesign projects. He led the Tennessee Board of Regents' assessment of its leadership and system effectiveness in managaing 46 state universities, community colleges, and colleges of applied technology. He also led the assessment and redesign of Tenneesssee's primary enetity for online education, TNeCampus. In the federal sector, Dr. McCarthy was senior manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's evalutation of the State Energy Program (SEP) for all U.S. states and territories. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a model of organizational performance for innovation-oriented organizations, and conducted job analyses for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Dr. McCarthy is a Professor and the Graduate Program Director of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from George Mason University, and his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law.

Dr. McCarthy is a licensed attorney and a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Division. He served on the Murfreesboro City Board of Education, and also served on the Leadership Development Executive Board for the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education.