Joe M. Blackbourn, Ph.D., Mississippi State University (1985). Behavior Analysis; Single Subject Research
Designs; Learning and Metacognition; Psychology of Leadership; Descriptive Psychology;
Philosophy of Science.
Sara K. Bridges, Ph.D. The University of Memphis (1999). Counselor training, couples and family therapy,
human sexuality, and constructivist theory.
Pamela A. Cogdal, Ph.D. Southern IL. University-Carbondale (1989). Career and work-life balance, practice
outcomes, assessment, suicide prevention and couples/relationship issues.
Alison A. Happel, 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; educational and
psychological measurement; Rasch, IRT and SEM applications with educational and psychological
data; K-12 mathematics teacher efficacy to teach statistics; 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
Richard K. James, Professor. Ph.D. Indiana State University (1974). Crisis intervention, elementary
school counseling, and anger management.
Chloe Lancaster , Ph.D. Texas A & M University (2009). Program Evaluation, career and college counseling,
school counseling and creativity, efficacy of group interventions, foster care and
Suzanne H. Lease, Ph.D. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1989). Career counseling with racial and
ethnic minorities, masculine ideologies and work/intimate relationships, multicultural
counseling, spirituality in the LGBT population and their families.
Richard Lightsey, Ph.D, University of Maryland (1992). Resilience, the relationship between stress and depression,
stress and coping strategies.
Daniel Lustig, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison (1995). Family adjustment and adjustment to disability.
Michael M. Mackay, Ph.D. The University of Memphis (2013). Statistical and methodological consultant for the
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Research interests include employee
engagement; student engagement; survey construction and psychometrics; meta-analysis.
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.
Vicki Sallis Murrell, Ph.D. University of Memphis (2005). Community of Inquiry and impact on student self-efficacy;
Use of constructivism and cognitive-learning theories in online-mediated teaching
and learning; Impact of evolving technologies on cognitive processes; Training faculty
for online teaching. EDPR Program website developer.
Susan Naomi Nordstrom, Ph.D. The University of Georgia (2011). Poststructural and post humanist theories,
onto-epistemology, Deleuze, feminist new materialism, qualitative research methodology.
Elin Ovrebo, Ph.D. The University of Memphis (2009). Transition and adjustment of international students,
Ernest A. Rakow, Ph.D. University of Chicago (1974). Teacher evaluation; Innovative uses of statistics.
Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
Dewaine Rice, Ed.D. Memphis State University (1980). Moral development of young adults, student affairs
issues and clinical hypnosis.
Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D. Northwestern University (1974). Rehabilitation counseling and the development of
international counseling programs.
Douglas Strohmer, Ph.D. (1979) Michigan State University. Clinical judgment and decision-making, medical
decision-making and the Internet, personality assessment, counseling process, professional
identity, men in counseling, and disability issues.
Karen Weddle-West, Ph.D. University of Tennessee (1982). Cultural diversity; Minority teachers; Child psychology;
Infant development; Adolescent pregnancy; At-risk children. Interim 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; use of social media,
social relationships, and identity development among youth and adolescents.
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