Background & Vision


The origins of The Institute for Psychological Research and Application (IPRA) can be traced back to 1981. In 1981 an institute designed to provide consulting and research services to local and national organizations was created in the BGSU Department of Psychology. This institute was originally named the Institute for Organizational Research and Development (IORD). In 1987, it was decided that the focus of IORD was too narrowly defined and did not involve faculty from across the psychology department or the university. Therefore, the department proposed to expand the mission of IORD in its application for a State of Ohio Academic Challenge Award. The Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program received this competitive award in 1989. As a result, the name IORD was changed to IPRA, and the institute became a broader-based organization open to intra and inter-departmental collaborative efforts so as to address and meet a diverse set of client needs for professional services. The goals of IPRA are to:

  • Promote “hands-on” supervised educational opportunities for graduate students
  • Provide excellent, cost-effective professional services to organizations in both the private and public sectors
  • Establish mutually beneficial research collaborations between the University and organizations

Since our inception, we have worked with a great number of clients. Here is a partial list of our clients.

  • BGSU College of Arts & Sciences
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • City of Bowling Green Police Department
  • BGSU Office of the Provost
  • NW Ohio Community Shares
  • Otterbein Retirement Living Communities
  • Denison Consulting
  • NW Ohio Scholarship Fund
  • BGSU Student Employment Services
  • BGSU BGeX Program
  • Lucas County Community Prevention Partnership
  • Gifts Compass, Inc.
  • BGSU Student Achievement Committee
  • Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center
  • Cedar Fair
  • The City of Toledo
  • Sandusky Newspaper