Counseling Psychology Faculty & Research

The Counseling Psychology program places a strong emphasis on engaging in the research process. Faculty supervise research teams that provide students with opportunities to gain experience with the research process, present at conferences, and publish. Current faculty study LGBT issues, international issues, health disparities, career development, multicultural and early family career issues, sexuality, wellness, and masculinity.

Madeline Brodt
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2020

Interests include multicultural issues (particularly disability, gender, LGBTQIA+, and racial justice issues), sexual and interpersonal violence, intersection of culture and trauma, and creating effective and socially just psychologist training. 

Madeline Brodt

Sara K. Bridges
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Memphis, 1999

Interests include counselor training, couples and family therapy, human sexuality, and constructivist theory.

Constructivist Sexuality Research Lab

Sara Bridges

Suzanne H. Lease
Associate Professor
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.

Masculinity and Health Research Team

Suzanne Lease

Richard Lightsey
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1992

Interests include resilience, the relationship between stress and depression, stress and coping strategies.

Wellness/Resilience Research Team


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.

Rosie Philips-Davis

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, 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

Chrisann Schiro-Geist

CPSY Research Teams