CEPR Faculty


Michelle Welch Brasfield, Ed.D., University of Memphis. School Counseling.

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

Leigh Falls Holman, Ph.D., 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).

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

Patrick D. Murphy, Ph.D., Auburn University (2018). 

Eraina Schauss, Ph.D., George Washington University (2011). Child cognitive, behavioral, emotional and neurodevelopment, family systems therapy, career development and coaching.

Steven L. West, Ph.D., Texas Tech University (2000). Access to care, military and veteran health, moral injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Stephen Zanskas, Ph.D., Michigan State University (2007). Development of consultation skills in graduate rehabilitation counseling education programs, the psychosocial aspects of disability, professional issues and ethics.

Counseling Psychology

Rosie Phillips Davis, Ph.D., The Ohio State University (1977). Interests include multicultural career counseling, ethics, health and health disparities, and university and college administration

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

Elin Ovrebo, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2009). Current interests are international issues in Counseling Psychology, LGBT counseling, social justice, and gender.

Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1989). Current interests are: career counseling with racial and ethnic minorities, masculine ideologies and relationships, multicultural counseling, and health promotion/integrated care. Click for more information on the Masculinity Research Team

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., 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). G.R.O.W.T.H. LAB Website: https://blogs.memphis.edu/growthrt/

Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D., Northwestern University (1974). Interests include: international, vocational, and disability-related issues in counseling psychology. 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. Dr. Schiro-Geist is now working with the initiation of an undergraduate program in rehabilitation and is no longer core faculty in the counseling psychology program.

Douglas Strohmer, Ph.D., Michigan State University (1979). interests include: clinical judgment and decision-making, medical decision-making and the Internet, personality assessment, counseling process, professional identity, men in counseling, and disability issues.

Educational Psychology & Research

Alison A. Happel-Parkins, Ph.D., Georgia State University (2011). Qualitative methodology; Post-structural, post-colonial, and feminist theories; Ecojustice and ecofeminist education.

Leigh M. Harrell-Williams, Ph.D., Virginia Tech (2009). Statistics and quantitative research methods; instrument development; Rasch, IRT and SEM applications with educational and psychological data; K-12 math teacher efficacy to teach statistics (Self Efficacy to Teach Statistics (SETS)); assessment of behavioral and emotional risk in K-12 students.

Yeh Hsueh, Ed.D., Harvard University (1997). Development of young children; Cross-cultural early childhood education; Development of developmental psychology in the United States; Children and media.

Karen Westerman Kitchens, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2016). Mixed methods research; program evaluation and analysis; research interest includes successful retention and completion of first generation college students.

Michael M. Mackay, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (2013). Statistical and methodological consultant for the College of Education. Current research interests include validation of minimum educational requirement for employment, prevention of careless responding in survey research, and scale validation.

Christian E. Mueller, Ph.D. University of Kentucky (2006). Developmental trajectories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental factors influencing achievement motivation in at-risk students (e.g., adolescents, gifted, minority); Measurement issues (e.g., Rasch modeling) in education and psychology. Program Coordinator for Educational Psychology.

Susan Naomi Nordstrom, Ph.D. The University of Georgia (2011). Poststructural and post humanist theories, onto-epistemology, Deleuze, feminist new materialism, qualitative research methodology.

Karen Weddle-West, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (1982). Cultural diversity; Minority teachers; Child psychology; Infant development; Adolescent pregnancy; At-risk children. Provost of the University of Memphis.

Denise L. Winsor, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2008). Child development; Development in context; Early epistemological thinking; Technology in preschool-age children. Teacher beliefs and the use of strategies for high-order thinking. Liason for undergraduate programs.

Yonghong Jade Xu, Ph.D., University of Arizona (2003). Multivariate statistics and quantitative research methods; Gender disparities in STEM disciplines; Structural equation modeling; Big data analysis with statistical and data mining approaches.

Chia-chen Yang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014). Adolescent development; Social media use, social relationships, and identity development among youth.