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Research Teams

Counseling Psychology Faculty


  • 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 promoting behaviors. 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.
  • 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.
  • Douglas Strohmer, Ph.D. Dr. Strohmer currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research and has an appointment in the Counseling Psychology program. His 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.
  • Lu Tian, Ph.D. (2014) University of Missouri-Columbia. Coping/Applied Problem-solving in cultural context and across cultures, international students’ coping and acculturation.

Associated Faculty

  • Rosie P. Bingham, Ph.D., Ohio State University. Dr. Bingham currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and has a faculty appointment in the Department. Her interests include: multicultural counseling, career counseling for women and ethnic minorities.
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