Walden’s School of Counseling features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience who share a commitment to teaching. They blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices.

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Academic Leadership

Savitri Dixon-Saxon, PhD, NC State University; MBA, Walden University; MEd, BA, University of South Carolina
Dean, School of Counseling and the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services

J. Kelly Coker, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MBA, Walden University; MA, Appalachian State University; BA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Assistant Dean, School of Counseling

Colleen Logan, PhD, University of Virginia; MS, Duquesne University; BA, Warren Wilson College
Program Director for MS in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling, MS in School Counseling, MS in Addiction Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Programs.

Tracy Senstock, PhD, MS, Purdue University
Program Director, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Kristi Cannon, PhD, MA, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio; BS, Texas A&M University
Assessment Director, School of Counseling

Earl Grey, PhD, Capella University; MA, West Virginia University; BFA, Point Park University
Field Experience Director, School of Counseling

Robyn Trippany Simmons, EdD, MA, BA, The University of Alabama Residency
Director, School of Counseling

School of Counseling Faculty

Savita Abrahams, PhD, Texas A&M University; MA, Amberton University; BA, University of Texas at Arlington

Sandy Acheampong, PhD, North Carolina State University; MA, East Carolina University

Jennifer Adams, PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MA, BS, West Virginia University

Kelly Aissen, PhD, MEd, BS, University of Florida

La Shonda S. Akins, EdD, Argosy University, Atlanta; MA, Argosy University; BA, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Elizabeth Alexander, PhD, City University London; MA, University of Brighton; BA, Sheffield Hallam University

Melissa Alvarado, PhD, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; MA, University of Texas at San Antonio; BA, Our Lady of the Lake University 

Heather Ambrose (Core faculty), PhD, MA, St. Mary’s University; BA, Weber State University  

Renee Anderson (Core faculty), PhD, Duquesne University; MSEd, Youngstown State University; BS, Slippery Rock University; AA, Butler County Community College

Carrie Lynn Bailey (Core faculty), PhD, College of William and Mary; MSEd, Old Dominion University

Sue Banks (Core faculty), PhD, Oakland University; MA, Ashland University; BA, Oakland University

Adriana Baratelli, PhD, University of Florida; EdS, University of Mississippi; MEd/EdS, University of Florida; BS, University of Florida

Larry Barker, PhD, MEd, University of South Carolina at Columbia

George R. Beals, PhD, Mississippi State University; MACN, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; BA, Troy University

Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty, PhD, Ohio University; MA, Xavier University; BA, Kent State University 

Esther Benoit (Core faculty), MEd, College of William and Mary

Torey Portrie Bethke (Core faculty), PhD, MS, Idaho State University; BS, University of New Hampshire

Wanetta Hughes Bise, PhD, Capella University; MA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Craig Blum (Core faculty), PhD, University at Buffalo, State University of New York; MS, Syracuse University; BA, University at Buffalo, State University of New York  

Caroline Booth, PhD, EdS, MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BA, Wake Forest University

Charmaine S. Borda, PhD, MS, BS, Nova Southwestern University

Patrice S. Bounds, PhD, University of Iowa; MA, BA Chicago State University 

Quintin Boston, PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; MA, BA, University of South Florida;

Rebecca Boyle, PhD, The University of Akron; MEd, John Carroll University; BS, Miami University

Nicole Bradley, PhD, Kent State University; MSEd, Youngstown State, BS Baldwin Wallace College

Patricia Brawley, PhD, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; MS, BS, University of Southern Mississippi

Jill K. Bryant, PhD, University of Iowa; MA, BM, University of Northern Iowa 

Corinne E. Bridges (Core faculty), EdD, University of Cincinnati; MA, Xavier University; BA, University of Cincinnati  

Cynthia Briggs (Core faculty), PhD, Oregon State University; MAEd, Wake Forest University; BS, Guilford College

Keith Brown, PhD, University of Akron, Main Campus; MA, John Carroll University

Sherlon Brown, PhD, University of Toledo; MEd, Bowling Green State University; BS, Hampton University

Matthew Buckley (Core faculty), EdD, MCoun, Idaho State University; BA, California State University, Northridge

Atticia Bundy, PhD, George Washington University; MS, Radford University; MS University of North Carolina at Greensboro

David Capuzzi (Core faculty), PhD, MA, BA, Florida State University

KaRae Carey (Core faculty), PhD, Oakland University; BS, MS, Madonna University

Hayden Center, PhD, Auburn University; MS, Auburn University Montgomery

Julia Champe, PhD, Idaho State University; MS, Montana State University; BPh, Miami University 

Richard Cicchetti (Core faculty), PhD, Old Dominion University; BA, Northeastern Illinois University

Diane Clark, PhD, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; MS, The Canisius College of Buffalo; BS State University of New York at Geneseo

Anita Neuer Colburn (Core faculty), PhD, Old Dominion University; MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Amy Cook, PhD, University of Connecticut; CAGS, MEd, MBA, University of Massachusetts Boston; BS, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amanda Costin (Core faculty), PhD, Kent State University; MEd, University of Virginia; BA, University of Vermont

April Crable (Core faculty), PhD, MA,  Regent University; BS, Old Dominion University
Field Experience Academic Coordinator

Tylon Crook (Core faculty), PhD, Auburn University; MS, BS, Mississippi State University

Penelope (Penny) Dahlen (Core faculty), EdD, Idaho State University; MEd, Colorado State University; BA, The College of Idaho

Kelly Dunbar Davison (Core faculty), PhD, University of Arkansas; MS, BGS, Northeastern State University 

Christian J. Dean (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, BA, University of New Orleans

LaShauna M. Dean, PhD, Old Dominion University; MA, Regent University; BA, Virginia Wesleyan University

Rachel M. Dilts (Core faculty), PhD, Oregon State University; MA, Lewis & Clark College; BS, Western Oregon University 

Kathy Dorch-West, EdD, Argosy University; MS, Nova Southeastern University; BA, Saint Leo University

Lyda Downs, PhD, Capella University; MS, University of Phoenix; BA, Arizona State University

Paige Dunlap, PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; MS, Southern University & A&M College – Baton Rouge

Susan Eaves, PhD, MS, Mississippi State University; BS, Mississippi University for Women

Derenda Edmondson, EdD, Argosy University–Sarasota; MA, Wayne State University; BS, University of Detroit Mercy

Brenda J. Edwards, EdD, Argosy University, Atlanta; MS, BA, Georgia State University 

Jeffrey K. Edwards, EdD, Northern Illinois University; MS, Aurora University; BS, Elmhurst College

Weston Edwards, PhD, University of Minnesota; MA, MDiv, MAT, St. Paul Seminary, School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas

Kelly Emelianchik-Key, PhD, Old Dominion University; MEd, University of Florida

Alicia Fahr (Core faculty), PhD, Western Michigan University; MEd, BA, The Pennsylvania State University 

Jeannie Falkner (Core faculty), PhD, University of Mississippi; MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington; BAE, University of Mississippi

Mary Faulty, PhD, Duke University; MS, Michigan State University; BS, Appalachian State University 

Jane M. Fink, PhD, The University of Akron; MSSA, Case Western Reserve University; BA, The College of Wooster

Wilma Fletcher-Anthony, PhD, Capella University; MEd, Arizona State University; BS, University of West Indies

Amy Ford, PhD, MS, Oregon State University; BS, Western Baptist College

Sonya Ford, EdD, Argosy University–Washington D.C.; MS, Johns Hopkins University; BS, Old Dominion University 

Stephanie JW Ford (Core faculty), PhD, The University of Akron; MA, Fisk University; BA, University of Cincinnati
Field Experience Academic Coordinator

Julia Forman, PhD, Old Dominion University; MA, Regent University

Linda Foster (Core faculty), PhD, Mississippi State University; MEd, University of Alabama at Birmingham; BA, Samford University

Joelle France (Core faculty), EdD, Argosy University, Denver; MBA, Colorado Christian University; MSW, Colorado State University; BA, Edinboro University 

Walter Frazier (Core faculty), PhD, Mississippi State University; Master of Counseling Psychology, Mississippi College; Master of Divinity, Emory University; BS, Mississippi State University 

Ithuriel Gale, EdD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; MPA, Old Dominion University Norfolk; MBA, Marymount University; MA, Pepperdine University; MA, Catholic University of America;  

Lorraine Giardino, EdD, MS, Nova Southeastern, BS University of Southern Connecticut 

Donna Gibson, PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MS, Winthrop University

Brandy Gilea (Core faculty), PhD, Kent State University; MSEd, BA, Youngstown State University

Geneva M. Gray, PhD, EdS, MS, Georgia State University; BA, Emory University 

Jonathan Gray, PhD, Walden University; MS, Bank Street College; BA, Lehman College

Judith Green (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, Kent State University; BA, Thiel College

Maranda Brown Griffin (Core faculty), PhD, Auburn University; BS, Troy University

Marilyn Haight (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, Texas Tech University; BS, Wayland Baptist University

Breyan Haizlip (Core faculty), PhD, Old Dominion University; MEd, Virginia State University

Duane A. Halbur Jr. (Core faculty), PhD, University of South Dakota; MS, Minnesota State University, Mankato; BS, Iowa State University

Melinda Haley (Core faculty), PhD, New Mexico State University; MS, Portland State University

Terri Hamm (Core faculty), PhD, Kent State; MEd, University of Toledo

Brooks Bastian Hanks (Core faculty), PhD, M.Coun., BS, Idaho State University

Tamara M. Harris, PhD, Sam Houston State University; MA, Prairie View A&M University; BA, Sam Houston State University 

Elizabeth Hatchuel, PhD, MA, George Washington University

Kristel Headley, PhD, Regent University; MA, Liberty University

Deanna L. Henderson, PhD, Ohio University; MA, Ohio State University; BA, Kentucky State University

Karena J. Heyward (Core faculty), PhD, MS, The College of William & Mary; BS, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sacky Holdiness, PhD, Mississippi State University; MA, University of West Florida; BS, Mississippi State College for Women

Kimberly Nelson Homeniuk (Core faculty), PhD, University of Northern Colorado; MS, Eastern Washington University

Eleni M. Honderich, PhD, MEd, College of William & Mary; BA, University of Central Florida 

Denita Hudson, PhD, Ohio State University; MS, BS, Wright State University;

Aaron Jackson (Core faculty), PhD, College of William & Mary; MA, Campbell University; BA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Shelley Jackson (Core faculty), PhD, EdS, Georgia State University MA, Lesley Graduate College; BA, University of Vermont

Philicia Jefferson, PhD, George Mason University; MS, BS, Eastern Washington University 

Christie Jenkins (Core faculty), PhD, University of Toledo; MA, Siena Heights University; BS, University of Toledo

Mita Johnson (Core faculty), EdD, Argosy University; MA, Denver Seminary; BA, University of Colorado

Jennifer Jordan, PhD, Mississippi State University; MA, Nicholls State University

Louise Jorgensen, PhD, Oregon State University; MS, University of Phoenix; BGS, Brigham Young University  

Kathleen Kellum, PhD, University of Iowa; MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary; MEd, BS, Texas A&M University

Wendy Killam, PhD, University of Arkansas; MBA, University of Phoenix; MS, Texas A&M University; BA, Baylor University

Jason King (Core faculty), PhD, Capella University; MS, University of Phoenix
Student Development Coordinator

Kelly Kozlowski (Core faculty), PhD, Texas A&M University–Commerce; MS, Texas Woman’s University; BS, Montana State University 

Victoria Kress, PhD, MA, The University of Akron; BA, Baldwin-Wallace College

Jason Kushner, PhD, University of Arkansas; MA, University of South Florida

Mark Leggett (Core faculty), PhD, University of Alabama; MA, BS, Mississippi College 

Jonathan Lent, PhD, The University of Akron; MEd, BA, California University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen Levingston (Core faculty), PhD, University of New Orleans; MEd, BS, University of Louisiana at Monroe 

Jeremy Linton, PhD, Western Michigan University; MA, Valparaiso University; BA, University of Michigan

Robyn Lowery, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MA, George Washington University

Wynn Mallicoat (Core faculty), PhD, University of South Carolina; MS, Western Carolina University; BS, Lander University 

Peter Manzi, EdD, MS, University of Rochester; BA, University of Massachusetts

John Marszalek (Core faculty), PhD, MS, Mississippi State University; BA, Canisius College

Kimberly Mason (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, BA, University of New Orleans 

Constance Matthews (Core faculty), PhD, Penn State University Park; MS, Shippensburg University; MA, The George Washington University; BA, Wilson College

Leah McCallum, PhD, University of South Carolina at Columbia; MA, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

K. Elizabeth McDonald (Core faculty), PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; MA, Indiana Wesleyan University; B.A., Anderson University
Curriculum and Course Development Coordinator

James Todd McGahey, EdD, Auburn University; EdS, Georgia Southern University; MEd, Augusta College; BA, University of Georgia 

Tomeka W. McGhee (Core faculty), PhD, Auburn University; MS, Troy University at Montgomery; BS, Auburn University at Montgomery

Candace McLain-Tait (Core faculty), EdD, Argosy University – Denver; MA, BA Colorado Christian University 

Lori Milo (Core faculty), PhD, MA, BA, The University of Akron
Academic Integrity Coordinator

Tanaya Morris, PhD, MS, MSW, BS, University of Wyoming

Elisha-Rose Bayer Neal, PhD, MA, University of Louisiana at Monroe; MA, BA, Southeastern Louisiana University

Lynne Nelson, PhD, University of North Texas; MA, Stephen F. Austin State University; BS, University of North Texas

Rhonda Neswald-Potter, PhD, University of New Mexico; MA, BA, Northwestern State University

Adele Logan O’Keefe, PhD, College of William & Mary; MEd/EdS, College of William & Mary; BA, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Rachel O’Neill (Core faculty), PhD, Kent State University; MSEd, BA, Youngstown State University 

Stacy L. Overton (Core faculty), PhD, MA, University of Northern Colorado 

Heather Paessler-Chesterton (Core faculty), PhD, MA, Regent University; BA, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

Maggie Morganfield Parker, PhD, University of North Texas; MS, Southern Methodist University 

Agatha Parks-Savage, EdD, The College of William & Mary; MA, BA, Norfolk State University

Shawn Parmanand (Core faculty), PhD, MA, BA, Idaho State University

Jason Patton (Core faculty), PhD, St. Mary’s University; MA, Texas State University
Field Experience Academic Coordinator

John Paul, PhD, University of South Dakota; MSEd, University of Wisconsin at Superior; BS, Bemidji State University

Rhonda E. Paul, PhD, Wayne State University; MA, Atlanta University; BA, Michigan State University 

Katarzyna Peoples (Core faculty), PhD, MA, BA, Duquesne University

Michelle Perepiczka (Core faculty), PhD, Texas A&M University–Commerce; MS, Texas Woman’s University; BA, University of Texas at Dallas

Jenelle S. Pitt, PhD, MA, Michigan State University; BA, University of California, Riverside 

Torey Portrie-Bethke (Core faculty), PhD, Master of Counseling, Idaho State University; BS, University of New Hampshire

Manivong Ratts, PhD in Counseling, Oregon State University, MS, in Counseling, Oregon State University, BA in Psychology Western Washington University 

Eva E. Reed (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, BS, The Pennsylvania State University

Theodore Remley Jr., PhD, University of Florida; JD, The Catholic University of America; EdS, MEd, BA, University of Florida 

Glenda P. Reynolds, EdD, EdS, The University of Alabama; MS, BA, Jacksonville State University

Melanie Richburg, PhD, Clark Atlanta University; MS, Troy State University; BS, The University of Alabama

Joseph M. Rizzo, PhD, MAEd, BA, The University of Akron 

Rebecca Roberts-Martin, PhD, Kent State University; MA, Walsh University; BA, Malone University

Amanda Rovnak (Core faculty), PhD, University of Akron; MSW, University of Pittsburgh; BSW, University of Pittsburgh

Bruce D. Rumsey (Core faculty), PhD, University of Northern Colorado; MA, Colorado Christian University; BA, Baylor University 

Tiffany Rush-Wilson (Core faculty), PhD, The University of Akron; MA, John Carroll University; BA, Cleveland State University
Skills Development Coordinator

Jessica Russo (Core faculty), PhD, MS, MA, The University of Akron; BA, Cleveland State University

Tina M. Sacin, PhD, University of Central Florida; MS, Texas State University; double BS, University of New Mexico 

Marsha Sage (Core faculty), EdD, Argosy University; MA, University of Northern Colorado; BS, Colorado State University 

Kelli A. Saginak, EdD, Idaho State University; MA, Rollins College; BS, University of Central Florida

Shanaz Sawyer, PhD, University of Florida; MS, Nova Southeastern University; BS, University of Florida

David A. Scott, PhD, North Carolina State University; MS, Western Carolina University; BA, University of North Carolina–Wilmington 

Stephanie Scott (Core faculty), PhD, MS, Capella University; BA, College of Wooster

Victoria I. Sepulveda, PhD, University of Toledo; MA, BS, Central Michigan University

Sidney L. Shaw (Core faculty), EdD, University of Montana; MA, University of Montana; BS, Kennesaw State University 

Thomas J. Sherman, PhD, University of Virginia; MEd, Lehigh University; BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Michelle K. Shuler, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio; MA, University of Northern Colorado; BA, Texas State University

Michelle Slater (Core faculty), PhD, MA, University of Florida

Marlene Slyter (Core faculty), PhD, MA, University of Northern Colorado

Rita Smith, PhD, MA, University of Maryland; BA, Morgan State University

Nina Spadaro (Core faculty), EdD, MS, West Virginia University; BS, Fordham University

Joseph Spillman (Core faculty), PhD, M.Coun., BA, Idaho State University

Ljubica Spiro (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, BA, Kent State University
Faculty Development Coordinator 

Shawn Spurgeon, PhD, MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mark Stauffer (Core faculty), PhD, Oregon State University; MS, Portland State University; BA, Occidental College

Janeé Steele, PhD, Western Michigan University; MSEd, BA, BS, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Tiffany Stewart, PhD, The University of Akron; MS, Minnesota State University, Mankato; BA, Southern University at New Orleans

LoriAnn Stretch, PhD, North Carolina State University; MS, Longwood University

Gary Szirony (Core faculty), PhD, MEd, Kent State University

Lee Teufel-Prida (Core faculty), PhD, University of South Florida; MEd, BA, Ohio University

Andi Thacker, PhD, University of North Texas; MA, Dallas Theological Seminary, BS, Texas Tech University

Robert Theodore, PhD, MS, BA, University of Wyoming

Casey Tobin, PhD, University of Northern Colorado; MEd, MA, BS, Stephen F. Austin State University

Don P. Trahan Jr., PhD, MA, University of New Mexico; MA, BA, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi 

Richard Tyler, PhD, North Carolina State University; EdS, MA, James Madison University; BA, University of Virginia

Yulanda Tyre, PhD, MEd, Auburn University; BS, Troy University

Timothy S. VanderGast, PhD, MA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; BS, Dominican College

Elizabeth M. Ventura (Core faculty), PhD, MSEd, Duquesne University; BS, John Carroll University

George Davy Vera, PhD, MEd, University of New Orleans; MS, Center for Psychiatry, Psychological, and Sexual Research Studies of Venezuela; BS, University of Zulia  

Fredericka R. Vyvlecka, PhD, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; MS, Our Lady of the Lake University; MA, BA, St. Mary’s University

Imelda Wallace, PhD, Idaho State University; MEd, Sam Houston State University 

Rosa West, PhD, University of Florida; MBA, Saint Leo University

Joy S. Whitman (Core faculty), PhD, West Virginia University; MS, Villanova University; BS, University of Florida 

Dawn M. Wirick (Core faculty), PhD, The University of Akron; MA, BA, Ashland University

April J. Young (Core faculty), PhD, MA, University of Northern Colorado; MBA, Regis University; BS, University of Northern Colorado
Student Support Coordinator

Margaret C. Zappitello (Core faculty), EdD, Argosy University; MA, University of Colorado; BS, Brigham Young University

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