CEPR Faculty


Michelle Welch Brasfield, Ed.D., University of Memphis. School Counseling.

Pamela A. Cogdal, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1989). Career and work-life balance, practice outcomes, assessment, suicide prevention and couples/relationship issues.

Leigh Falls Holman, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University (2009). Job stress and burnout among human service professionals; the intersection of trauma, substance and process addictions and interpersonal violence across the lifespan; neurosequential experiential and relational interventions; clinical training and supervision of front-line staff (correction officers, psych techs, foster patents, police, medical staff, teachers) and counselors (mental health & school).

Richard K. James, Ph.D., Indiana State University (1974). Crisis intervention, elementary school counseling, and anger management.

Daniel Lustig, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1995). Family adjustment and adjustment to disability.

Eraina Schauss, Ph.D., George Washington University (2011). Child cognitive, behavioral, emotional and neurodevelopment, family systems therapy, career development and coaching.

Steven L. West, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (2000). Access to care, military and veteran health, moral injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Stephen Zanskas, Ph.D., Michigan State University (2007). Development of consultation skills in graduate rehabilitation counseling education programs, the psychosocial aspects of disability, professional issues and ethics.

counseling psychology

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

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

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

Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1989). Current interests are: career counseling with racial and ethnic minorities, masculine ideologies and relationships, multicultural counseling, and health promoting behaviors. Click for more information on the Masculinity Research Team. Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Education.

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

Laura Reid Marks, Ph.D., Purdue University (2015). Interests include: microaggressions, HIV-related health disparities, career development in disadvantaged college populations.

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.

Douglas Strohmer, Ph.D., Michigan State University (1979). 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.

educational psychology & research

Alison A. Happel-Parkins, Ph.D., Georgia State University (2011). Qualitative methodology; Post-structural, post-colonial, and feminist theories; Ecojustice and ecofeminist education.

Leigh M. Harrell-Williams, Ph.D., Virginia Tech (2009). Statistics and quantitative research methods; instrument development; Rasch, IRT and SEM applications with educational and psychological data; K-12 math teacher efficacy to teach statistics; assessment of behavioral and emotional risk in K-12 students.

Yeh Hsueh, Ed.D., Harvard University (1997). Development of young children; Cross-cultural early childhood education; Development of developmental psychology in the United States; Children and media.

Michael M. Mackay, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2013). Statistical and methodological consultant for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Research interests include employee engagement; student engagement; survey construction and psychometrics; meta-analysis.

Christian E. Mueller, Ph.D. University of Kentucky (2006). Developmental trajectories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental factors influencing achievement motivation in at-risk students (e.g., adolescents, gifted, minority); Measurement issues (e.g., Rasch modeling) in education and psychology. Program Coordinator for Educational Psychology.

Vicki Sallis Murrell, Ph.D., University of Memphis (2005). Toxic stress and its impact on behavior and learning; Use of constructivism and cognitive-learning theories in online-mediated teaching and learning; Impact of evolving technologies on cognitive processes; Training faculty for online teaching. Program website developer.

Susan Naomi Nordstrom, Ph.D. The University of Georgia (2011). Poststructural and post humanist theories, onto-epistemology, Deleuze, feminist new materialism, qualitative research methodology.

Ernest A. Rakow, Ph.D., University of Chicago (1974). Teacher evaluation; Innovative uses of statistics. Associate Dean of the College of Education.

Karen Weddle-West, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (1982). Cultural diversity; Minority teachers; Child psychology; Infant development; Adolescent pregnancy; At-risk children. Provost of the University of Memphis.

Denise L. Winsor, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2008). Child development; Development in context; Early epistemological thinking; Technology in preschool-age children. Teacher beliefs and the use of strategies for high-order thinking. Liason for undergraduate programs.

Yonghong Jade Xu, Ph.D., University of Arizona (2003). Multivariate statistics and quantitative research methods; Gender disparities in STEM disciplines; Structural equation modeling; Big data analysis with statistical and data mining approaches.

Chia-chen Yang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014). Adolescent development; Social media use, social relationships, and identity development among youth.