Team Members: Dr. Theresa Okwumabua, Beth Larsens, Naomi Blake, Kiana Hall, Brandy Hunter and Dr.
Goals of the Memphis STEPS Program:
Memphis STEPS is funded through a three year SAMHSA grant awarded to Drs. Pam Cogdal (Counseling/CEPR)
and Theresa Okwumabua (Psychology Department). The team has presented nationally and
regionally at conferences for the Tennessee Counseling Association, the American Psychological
Association and the Tennessee Psychological Association.
In addition the team collaborates with campus groups such as the Center for Counseling
Learning and Testing and the Psychological Services Clinic to provide educational
and training services to the campus and Memphis community.
Specifically the team works to:
Inform students, faculty, staff, and the university community about suicide, as well
as mental and behavioral health problems associated with suicide.
- Draw awareness to the prevention and intervention resources and services available
within the university community.
- Develop and implement training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals
suffering with behavioral or mental health problems.
- Promote health seeking behaviors by removing the stigmas associated with mental/behavioral
problems, and seeking help for them.
- The team has connected with roughly one thousand students, staff and faculty in the
past two years of service. Recently they presented to 150 persons in Nashville and
sponsored a two day certified suicide prevention training program in Memphis.
You Too Can Get Involved:
To find out how you can get involved with the Memphis STEPS program to promote information
on suicide, suicide prevention, and other information on mental awareness, please
Pam Cogdal at email@example.com,
Theresa Okwumabua at firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi Blake at email@example.com
Visit our website at http://www.memphis.edu/psychology/steps/