Education

PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; EdS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

African American males and development throughout the lifespan, counselor identity development, trauma and resilience among children and adolescents, reactive attachment disorder in foster children

Background

Dr. Spurgeon is an associate professor of counselor education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, currently serving as coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He is currently the faculty advisor for the Upsilon Theta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

Dr. Spurgeon was a member of the American Counseling Association’s 2014 Ethics Revision Task Force and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Research and Practice and the Journal of the Professional Counselor. He currently serves as president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and as president-elect for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). He is the first recipient of the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award.

Dr. Spurgeon has previously worked as a mental health counselor in a family services agency, a private practice, and a community mental health center. His work has included couples, families, and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. He is currently licensed as a professional counselor in North Carolina and Tennessee.


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