Faculty and Staff

Melinda Bowens


Melinda Bowens


Specialty Areas: Service learning, community involvement, mental health and the family, systemic family practices.

Ruth Brooks

Ruth Brooks

Academic Services Coordinator

Alicia Deaver

Visiting Instructor

Stacie Frey

Clinic Director, University of Clinic for Family Therapy


Heath Grames

Associate Professor

Specialty Areas: Health and families, Hispanic/Latino individuals and families, marriage and family therapy, multicultural issues, racial and ethnic issues


Angel Herring

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director

Specialty Areas: Student supports and engagement, Common Core and pre-k/k DAP implications, social media and perception of self, parent-child relations, embedding social studies through DAP

Chelsey Hess-Holden

Assistant Professor, School Counseling M.Ed Program

Specialty areas: Compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction in the helping professions; wellness for students in professional preparation programs; effective communication practices; marriage and family therapy; self-care and personal growth of counselors-in-training

Jeff Hinton

Professor, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Psychology

Specialty Areas: Understanding clinical supervision process and outcome, Understanding the relationships between MFT training and licensure standards and how these impact professional identity

Michelle Jeanfreau

Assistant Professor, Gulf Coast Campus

Specialty Areas: Marital infidelity, financial infidelity, premarital and couples relationships, communication in relationships, sexuality, and grieving and social media

Claire Kimberly

Assistant Professor, Director of CFS MS Program, Gulf Coast Campus

Specialty Areas: Family communication, sexual health, and marital satisfaction

Ryan Luethje

Instructor & Student Support Specialist

Specialty Areas: Student support and retention


Juawice McCormick

Juawice McCormick

Assistant Professor, Coordinator M.Ed. School Counseling

Specialty Areas: Professional School Counselor Leadership and Identity; Supervision and Training of Professional School Counselors; College and Career Readiness for Mississippi Students; Credentialing and Licensure of Professional Counselors; Resilience; Substance Abuse and Process Addictions in Families

Pam Rollins

 Pam Rollins

Assistant Professor, Director of MFT Masters Program

Specialty Areas: Clinician resiliency and burnout, self-of-the-therapist issues, process of therapy, and disciplinary/regulatory issues

Pat Sims

Associate Professor, Chair of Department

Specialty Areas: Treating juvenile offenders and their families, treating adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, therapist training and supervision

Mariann Taylor

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

Specialty Areas: Parenting, Parenting Education (particularly mandated), Family Life Education, Adult Development, and Dialogue Education

Lindsay Wright

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Online Undergraduate Program

Specialty Areas: Infant development, breastfeeding, parent education, child development, child care, children with special needs

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