Faculty and Staff

Melinda Bowens


Melinda Bowens


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


Missy Brame

Visiting Instructor

Specialty areas:  Family communication, marital satisfaction, aging population and addiction, and mindfulness studies.

Ruth Brooks

Ruth Brooks

Academic Services Coordinator

Jacob Esplin

Assistant Professor

Speciality Areas: Role of home and child care environment on cognitive development, development of early mathematics concepts, the relationship between family stress and the parent-child relationship, and influence of parenting stress on    parent-child activities

Stacie Frey

Clinic Director, University of Clinic for Family Therapy


Heath Grames

Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy

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


Angel Herring

Associate Professor

Associate Director, School of Child and Family Sciences

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

Program Coordinator, School Counseling M.Ed

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 Human Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapy

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


Wendy Jacocks


Specialty Areas: Early childhood education, early literacy, and social-emotional learning 

Michelle Jeanfreau

Assistant Professor

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

Ryan Luethje

Instructor & Student Support Specialist

Specialty Areas: Student support and retention

Pam Rollins

 Pam Rollins

Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy

Program Coordinator, MFT Masters

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

Mya Rome

Visiting Instructor

Pat Sims

Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy

Director, School of Child and Family Sciences

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

Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies and Master of Science in Child and Family Studies

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

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