Counseling Psychology Faculty
Below, you will find information about the faculty in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis. To send them an email, click on the faculty member's name. For more information about their research and publications, click on their research team link.
Rosie Phillips Davis, Ph.D., Ohio State University (1977). Interests include multicultural career counseling, ethics, health and health disparities, and university and college administration. Dr. Davis is currently serving as President of the American Psychological Association.
Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1989). Current interests are: masculinity and gender norms, career/work issues with underserved populations, and health behaviors (integrated primary care, health promotion) as they intersect with gender and career. The research team currently has a masculinity and health focus, but I'm always interested in career research also.
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). Research interests are: racial microaggressions and their influence on mental health and health behaviors, and career development in disadvantaged college populations (e.g., first generation college students, racial/ethnic minorities, women).
Elin Ovrebo, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2009). Current interests are international issues in Counseling Psychology, LGBT counseling, social justice, and gender.
Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D., Northwestern University (1974). Interests include: international, vocational, and disability-related issues in counseling. 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.
Please note that Dr. Schiro-Geist is focused on developing an undergraduate program in disability studies and is no longer core faculty in the Counseling Psychology program.