Faculty Profile:

Karen DeShon, Ph.D.Partner, Organizational Development & Effectiveness LeadCoetic

Karen’s training as an organizational psychologist, plus her passion for human learning and adaptation, make her uniquely qualified to assist organizations striving to enhance their vitality in the context of significant organizational change. Karen leverages experiences spanning two decades and a broad array of industries, project goals, and organization types and sizes, to discover and foster each client’s unique potential during large-scale change. She uses practical, outcome-oriented experimentation and dialogue to disarm old habits and encourage new possibilities through effective change programs.


Recognizing that people and buildings are, for most organizations, the two most significant & ongoing investments, Karen has worked with clients to create Purposeful Facilities – buildings and workspaces that make the organizations within them better. Karen invents, tests, and successfully delivers custom services to fill critical gaps in standard approaches to planning, pre-design, design, construction, and occupancy of new and renovated facilities. With a background in organizational psychology and effectiveness, she enjoys working with leadership teams who recognize the unique opportunity a healthcare facility change presents for their organization to move to a new place, not just physically, but also culturally and strategically.


Emphasizing capabilities rather than dependency, Karen partners with internal team members to instill self-sustaining frameworks, strategies, approaches, and practices. An accomplished facilitator, Karen crafts thought-provoking discussions and work sessions, and coaches internal leaders to accept increasingly participative change leadership roles.


Education:      PhD Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University

B.A. Psychology, Trinity College Hartford, CT


Experience:     Partner, Coetic, LLC, Organizational Development & Effectiveness Lead

                        2003 - present