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School of Counseling Faculty

SCHOOL OF COUNSELING FACULTY

Distinguished, Instructional, and Clinical Faculty members include the following:

DISTINGUISHED FACULTY

GARY W. MOON, PH.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Christian Spirituality. Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary. Director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Codirector of Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry degree program in Spiritual Direction. Founding Director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. His books include Becoming Dallas Willard, Apprenticeship with Jesus, and Falling for God.

Gary Moon

FULL-TIME INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY

KATHLEEN E. BAZILE, PH.D

Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor. Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University; M.A., Counseling, Rollins College; B.A., Florida International University. Specializations: Women’s issues, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and hypnotherapy. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES

Kathleen Bazile
AMANDA M. BLACKBURN, PSY.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs and Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Psychologist. Psy.D., M.A. Wheaton College; B.A., Asbury College. Specializations: adolescent and adult women’s development, interpersonal relationships, marriage, infertility and adoption, grief, spiritual issues, depression and anxiety. Member: ACA, LPCAGA, APA, CAPS

Amanda-Blackburn
MATT CASADA, PH.D.

Assistant Professor. Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University; M.A. Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary; B.A. University of Tennessee. Specializations: adolescent care (parents and children), anxiety, depression, life transitions, relational concerns, spiritual issues and deconstruction. Member: ACA, ACES, Association of Creativity in Counseling

Matt Casada
TAMEKIA CATHRIGHT, PH.D.

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor (AL, GA, TX), National Board-Certified Counselor, EMDR-Trained. Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, University of the Cumberlands; M.S. Counseling & Psychology, Troy University; B.S. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Specializations: corporate stress assessment & crisis intervention; mental & emotional imbalances; family, couple & relationship conflicts; diversity & cultural issues; trauma, image, & faith concerns. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES, TCA, ALCA, NBCC, Chi Sigma Iota

Tamekia Cathright
JENNY L. CHIEN, PH.D.

Assistant Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor. Ph.D. Counseling, Florida Atlantic University; M.A. Liberty University; B.S. University of Maine.  Specializations: college and emerging adulthood; women’s issues; divorce and separation; emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual abuse; faith integration. Member: ACA, ACES, MACES, CAPS, MCA, WMCA

Jenny Chien
CARA COCHRAN, PH.D.

Dean of the School of Counseling and Professor.Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. AAMFT Approved Supervisor, CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor. Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., M.A. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M.M. University of South Carolina; B.S., B.A Southern Wesleyan University. Specializations: supervision, ethics, diagnosis, consulting, and individual therapy. Member: ACA, ACES, ASERVIC, CAPS

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Robert C. Duckworth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor. Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, Adams State University; M.A. Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary; B.S. North Carolina A&T State University. Specializations: narrative therapy, marriage & family/couples, adolescents, justice-involved, multicultural issues, Biblical/theological integration. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES, CAPS, NBCC, Chi Sigma Iota

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Stanley Hoover, PH.D.

Assistant Dean of the School of Counseling, Coordinator of the Trauma Certificate Program, and Associate Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Ph.D. Counselor Education, and Supervision, Mercer University; M.A., Professional Counseling with specializations in Trauma Counseling and Counseling and Spirituality, Richmont Graduate University; B.A. Psychology, Taylor University. Specializations: relational psychodynamic theory and practice, developmental trauma, religious and spiritual coping in response to trauma, spiritually oriented psychotherapy, and clinical supervision. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES, LPCAGA, CAPS

Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.
STEPHANIE KEANE, PH.D.

Assistant Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.S. Palm Beach Atlantic University; B.A. Florida State University. Specializations: trauma, anxiety, depression, identity development, borderline personality disorder, substance and process addictions, Christian counseling. Member: ACA, ACES, PCA, NARACES

Stephanie Keane
LAURA LAND, PH.D.

Associate Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.A. Clinical Mental Health, Pentecostal Theological Seminary; B.A. Lee University. Specializations: trauma, addiction, child and adolescent therapy, grief, community counseling, depression and anxiety. Member: ACA, ACES, ASERVIC, LPCA of Ga, IARTC, AARC, NCC

Laura Land
BRIAN A. MESIMER, PH.D.

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of the Cumberlands; M.A. Theological Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary; M.A. Counseling, Columbia International University; B.A. The University of South Carolina. Specializations: anxiety, mood disorders, counseling theories, spirituality in counseling and counselor education, theological integration, counselor development. Member: AACC, NBCC

Brian Mesimer
ANDREW MORSE, PH.D.

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University; M.S. Counseling, Mercer University; B.B.A. University of West Georgia. Specializations: addiction counseling, marital counseling, adult children of alcoholics. Member: ACA, ACES, Southern ACES, LPCA of GA

Andrew Morse
EMILY OLIVER, PH.D.

Assistant Professor. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy, Lee University; M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy with specializations in Child and Adolescent Counseling and Christian Sex Therapy, Richmont Graduate University; B.A. Taylor University. Specializations: sex therapy; couples, marital, and family counseling; religious trauma/abuse, religious deconstruction. Member: AAMFT, TNAMFT

Emily Oliver
MARY K. PLISCO, PH.D.

Director of Research and Associate Professor. Licensed Psychologist. Ph.D., M.S. University of Florida; B.A. UNC at Chapel Hill. Specializations: anxiety, depression, child and adolescent counseling. Member: ACA, APA, CAPS, GPA, IOCDF

Mary Plisco
LORRIE SLATER, PH.D.

Director of Henegar Counseling Center and Associate Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP Accredited, Regent University; M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Richmont Graduate University; B.A. Cedarville University. Specializations: marriage and family counseling, life transitions, infidelity recovery, forgiveness, blending families, anxiety and depression issues. Member: ACA, ASERVIC, AACC

Lorrie Slater
JACK UNDERWOOD, PH.D.

Assistant Professor. Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, Mercer University with certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy; M.S. Professional Counseling, Mercer University; B.A. Western Washington University. Specializations: self-love, anxiety, depression, integrated families, marriage/couples, adolescents, substance and process addictions, Christian counseling, faith exploration. Member: ACA, ACES, AACC, LPCAGA

Jack Underwood

CLINICAL FACULTY

AMY PERKINS, PH.D.

Clinical Professor of Counseling and Staff Psychologist at Henegar Counseling Center. Licensed Psychologist. Ph.D.Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia; M.Ed. Professional Counseling with Marriage and Family Certificate, University of Georgia; B.S. Birmingham-Southern College. Specializations: assessment, adolescent development, interpersonal relationships, cognitive-behavioral therapy, addiction issues, grief, depression and anxiety. Member: CPSA, NCC, TPA, APA, Division 17

Amy Perkins

EMERITUS FACULTY

STEPHEN P. BRADSHAW, PH.D.

Licensed Psychologist. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP Accredited, University of Tennessee; M.Ed. Community Counseling, Georgia State University; B.A. William Jennings Bryan College. Specializations: individual marriage and family counseling, legal and ethical issues, and integration of psychology and theology. Member: ACA, AACC, CAPS, IAMFC

Steve P. Bradshaw
WILLIAM E. MCGEE, ED.D.

Licensed Psychologist. Certified Professional Counselor. Ed.D., M.A., B.S., University of Tennessee. Specializations: child and adolescent counseling and psychological evaluation. Member: ACA, ACES, APA, CAPS, TPA, CAPA, NAN, SCEH, ABMP, ABFE, NASP, National Register (Psychology), CCGC

William McGee
Evalin Rhodes Hanshew, Ph.D.
Retired psychologist and professional counselor. Ph.D. Georgia State University. PSI/Richmont alumna. Interests include personality, mood disorders, and relationship difficulties.
JAMA L. WHITE, PSY.D.

Professor Emerita. Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider. Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider. National Certified Counselor. Approved Clinical Supervisor recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Psy.D. and M.A. Clinical Psychology, Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, Biola University; B.S.N., East Tennessee State University. Specializations: women’s issues, trauma, spiritual issues and grief. Member: AACC, ACA, APA, ACES, CAPS, NRHSPP

Jama White

ADJUNCT FACULTY

CHARLES ALLEN, PSY.D.

Director of the Child and Adolescent program.  Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialties in children and neuropsychology from Argosy University, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. M.A. in Christian Psychological Studies from the Psychological Studies Institute. B.A. in Psychology from Emory University. A.A. from Oxford College of Emory University. Specializations: AD/HD, anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorders.

CHARLES ALLEN, PSY.D.
CHRISTINE BAKER, PH.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist, National Certified Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University; M.A. Professional Counseling, Liberty University; B.A. Psychology, Samford University. Specializations: Sexual Addiction and other process addictions, attachment therapy, trauma recovery Member: ACA, International Associations of Addictions and Offender Counseling (IAAOC), Co-chair of the IAAOC Process Addictions Committee, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health

JERRY A. GLADSON, PH.D.

Ph.D., M.A., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Southern College. Emeritus status at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Specializations: theodicy, the Megilloth and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.

Jerry Gladson
CLARK ROSE, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, Approved Supervisor. Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia; M.S. Community Counseling, University of Tennessee – Knoxville; B.A. English Literature and Business Minor, University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Member: CAPS, AACC, NCC, NBCC

VANESSA SNYDER, PH.D.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Certified Sex Therapist, Master Traumatologist. Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Regent University, MAMFT, Richmont Graduate University, B.A., Oral Roberts University. Specializations: Complex Trauma, Dissociative Disorders, Couples and Families in Crisis. Master Trainer – Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Trained in EMDR, IFS, Trauma-Informed Hypnosis, CSAT designation. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES, AAMFT, GAMFT, ABCST, GCAT

Vanessa Snyder
MICHAEL R. SYTSMA, PH.D.

Adjunct Faculty. National Certified Counselor; Licensed Professional Counselor; Certified Sex Therapist. National Certified Counselor. Ordained Minister, The Wesleyan Church; Director of Building Intimate Marriages, Inc., and Co-founder of Sexual Wholeness, Inc. Ph.D., University of Georgia; M.S., CACREP Accredited, Georgia State University; Diploma in Christian Counseling, Psychological Studies Institute; B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University. Specializations: marriage and family counseling and marital sex therapy. Member: ACA, AACC, IAMFC

MORGAN WEATHERLY, PH.D.

Adjunct Faculty. Board Eligible National Certified Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University, M.A. Professional Counseling, Richmont Graduate University, B.A. Psychology, Auburn University. Member: ACA, ACES

CHRIS WHEELUS, PH.D.

Adjunct Faculty. Ph.D., Counseling & Student Personnel Services, University of Georgia; MA, Marriage & Family Therapy, Richmont Graduate University; MDiv, Divinity with Biblical Languages, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; BS, Industrial Engineering Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University

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