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Dr. Suzanne Lease Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring

For release: August 30, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. Suzanne Lease
Dr. Suzanne Lease

Dr. Suzanne Lease, associate professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research in the University of Memphis College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, has received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award. The award is presented by the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association Division 17.

The Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award acknowledges career contributions to counseling psychology through excellence in mentoring. This award is for professionals who have provided mentoring throughout their careers.


Lease serves as a mentor to multiple students, graduates and faculty. While doing this, she maintains an active research program, teaches a full load of courses, and represents the program at all national accreditation meetings.  

“Sue has hooded more doctoral students in one semester than any other professor at the University,” said Dr. Karen Weddle-West, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for Academic Affairs. “Six of her doctoral students graduated the same semester, and she routinely hoods three to four students during commencement ceremonies. Her ability to mentor several students simultaneously is phenomenal.”   

Another colleague added, “She has been clinical director of our nationally known Counseling Psychology program for 17 years. During this time the program has almost a perfect retention and graduation rate. Under her leadership the program recently received the maximum accreditation allowed by our accrediting body, the American Psychological Association.”  

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