Counseling Faculty


Michelle Brasfield, Ed.D., Associate Professor, University of Memphis (2015). Burnout and vicarious traumatization, wellness intervention, college and career readiness, and creative counseling for youth. Dr. Brasfield is Coordinator of the School Counseling Program.


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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. Burgess is Co-coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision.


Pamela A. Cogdal, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1989). Career and work-life balance, practice outcomes, assessment, suicide prevention, and couples/relationship issues. Dr. Cogdal is the Counseling Division Director, and Coordinator of Internship and Practicum for all Counseling programs.


Dr. Claire Dempsey, Ed.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Practicum and Internship Coordinator, University of Memphis. Child sexual abuse prevention, coping skills of child sexual abuse survivors, women with fertility roadblocks, and collaboration between school and clinical mental health counseling.

Dr. Ellmo

Frances Ellmo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Memphis (2020).

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Taneshia Greenidge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida (2019).



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., Associate 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, Texas Tech University (2000). Access to care, substance misuse and addiction, military and veteran health, moral injuries, and disability science. Dr. West is Co-coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision, Coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling programs, and Coordinator of the Disability Support Services certificate program.

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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, and professional issues.