Meet the COHRE Staff

Emily Cowles headshotEmily Cowles

Master's Student & Project Associate

Areas of Expertise
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Emily is currently a first-year graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology master's program at Middle Tennessee State University. She is a Project Associate for the Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE). She recently facilitated structured interview training for the Tennessee Highway Patrols cadet selection  

Prior to COHRE, Emily interned with the Lansing Board of Water and Light as their Human Resources Intern. She helped gather data from over 90+ managers and supervisors to aid in implementing a new HR information system. She developed a questionnaire to collect qualitative and quantitative data regarding time management processes. As part of her project, she collaborated with their change management team to learn successful ways to inform and implement new processes for a variety of skilled workers.  

Emily is a recent graduate from Western Michigan University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Psychology and Criminal Justice. During her undergraduate program, Emily worked with a doctoral student whose focus was geared toward behavioral economics, and their research project involved game theory. Emily was also the recruitment chair and president of WMU's women's club soccer team. These roles allowed her to develop her leadership and problem-solving skillset.