Counseling Faculty

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

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Melanie Burgess, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University (2019). School counselor preparation and clinical supervision, evidence-based practices in PK-12 settings, and assessment.

Dr. Pam Cogdal

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

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Leigh Falls Holman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, 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).

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Chi Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University (2019). Primary research interest is counselor education and supervision, especially around supervisee disclosure in supervision, deliberate practice in counseling, supervision and research training. Additional research interests include measurement development in counseling and supervision and integrated behavioral healthcare.


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


Patrick D. Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, 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., Assistant Professor, 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., Professor and Chair, 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., Associate Professor, Michigan State University (2007). Development of consultation skills in graduate rehabilitation counseling education programs, psychosocial aspects of disability, professional issues, and ethics.