Counseling Faculty

Michelle Welch Brasfield, Ed.D., University of Memphis (2015). Burnout and vicarious traumatization, wellness intervention, college and career readiness, and creative counseling for youth.

Melanie Burgess, Ph.D., Old Dominion University (2019). Dr. Burgess is a new faculty member in the School Counseling program and will be joining us in Fall 2019.

Dr. Pam Cogdal

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).

Chi Li, Ph.D., Old Dominion University (2019). Dr. Li is a new faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and will be joining us in Fall 2019.


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


Patrick D. Murphy, Ph.D., Auburn University (2018). Counselor training and supervision, especially around multicultural competencies with a focus on intersections of identities. Additional research interests include engaging with veterans/military personnel with counseling and crisis intervention.


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

The Brain Lab 

Steve W

Steven L. West, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (2000). Access to care, substance misuse and addiction, military and veteran health, moral injuries, and disability science.

West Lab 

Steve Z

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