Counseling Psychology Faculty

Below, you will find information about the faculty in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis. To send them an email, click on the faculty member's name. For more information about their research and publications, click on their research team link.


Rosie Bingham





Rosie Phillips Davis, Ph.D.
, The Ohio State University (1977). Interests include multicultural career counseling, ethics, health and health disparities, and university and college administration.


Sara Bridges

Sara K. Bridges, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (1999). Interests include counselor training, couples and family therapy, human sexuality, and constructivist theory.

Constructivist Sexuality Research Lab


Suzanne Lease

Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1989). Current interests are: masculinity and gender norms, career/work issues with underserved populations, and health behaviors (integrated primary care, health promotion) as they intersect with gender and career. The research team currently has a masculinity and health focus, but I'm always interested in career research also.

Masculinity Research Team


Richard Lightsey

Richard Lightsey, Ph.D., University of Maryland (1992). Interests: resilience, the relationship between stress and depression, stress and coping strategies.

Wellness/Resilience Research Team


Laura Marks

Laura Reid Marks, Ph.D., Purdue University (2015). Research interests are: racial microaggressions and their influence on mental health and health behaviors, and career development in disadvantaged college populations (e.g., first generation college students, racial/ethnic minorities, women).

G.R.O.W.T.H. Research Team


Elin Ovrebo

Elin Ovrebo, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2009). Current interests are international issues in Counseling Psychology, LGBT counseling, social justice, and gender.

International Social Justice Issues in Mental Health Research Team

LGBTQA Research Team


Chrisann Schiro-Geist

Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D., Northwestern University (1974). Interests include: international, vocational, and disability-related issues in counseling psychology. Current research projects are in the areas of vocational psychology, as it relates to return-to-work for incarcerated persons, and transitions to work for high school seniors with disabilities.  The research team is examining the role of animal-assisted therapy in the prison and academic settings.  In addition, theTigerLIFE program has a focus on  working with young adults attending the University of Memphis in a post-secondary transition program. Graduate students are working with these post-secondary transition students as they accomplish career decision -making for persons with special needs. A "systems approach "to the team’s work addresses the individuals’ characteristics, as well as environmental barriers.

Dr. Schiro-Geist is now working with the initiation of an undergraduate program in rehabilitation and is no longer core faculty in the counseling psychology program.

Institute on Disability


Douglas Strohmer

Douglas Strohmer, Ph.D.  Dr. Strohmer has stepped down from his department chair duties and rejoined the faculty full-time. His interests include: clinical judgment and decision-making, medical decision-making and the Internet, personality assessment, counseling process, professional identity, men in counseling, and disability issues.

Personality and Psychopathology Assessment Lab (PPAL)