Counseling Psychology Faculty

Ashley Batastini

Ashley Batastini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University (2015). Dr. Batastini's program of research primarily focuses on developing and exploring innovative intervention strategies for criminal justice-involved populations that aim to improve mental health, behavioral, and systemic factors associated with continued antisocial conduct. In addition to correctional mental health treatment, Dr. Batastini and her team conduct research related to the use of administrative segregation, community re-entry barriers, violence risk communication, and applications of technology in psychology-law contexts.

Batastini Correctional & Forensic Psychology Lab


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Sara K. Bridges, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Memphis (1999). Interests include counselor training, couples and family therapy, human sexuality, and constructivist theory.

Constructivist Sexuality Research Lab

Suzanne Lease

Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D., Associate Professor, 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.

Masculinity and Health Research Team

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Richard Lightsey, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland (1992). Interests: resilience, the relationship between stress and depression, stress and coping strategies.

Wellness/Resilience Research Team


Rosie Phillips Davis, Ph.D., Professor, 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.

Chrisann Schiro-Geist

Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D., CRC, Professor, 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, the TigerLIFE 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.

Institute on Disability