Faculty and Staff

Melinda Bowens

 

Melinda Bowens

Instructor

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

Teaching: Contemporary Issues Affecting the Quality of Life, Families in Later Life, Marital and Family Relations


Ruth Brooks

Ruth Brooks

Academic Services Coordinator

Alicia Deaver

Visiting Instructor

Teaching: Behavior and Guidance, Methods and Materials, Curriculum Activities, CD Practicum


Stacie Frey

Clinic Director, University of Clinic for Family Therapy

Teaching: Family Theories, Supervised Practicum in MFT


Heath Grames

Associate Professor

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

Teaching:Psychopathology, Couples, Gender and Culture, Assessment in MFT, Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy


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

Teaching: Child Development I, Infant Development, Program Evaluation and Assessment, and Current Trends and Theories in Child and Family Studies 

Chelsea Hess-Holden

Assistant Professor, School Counsling 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 

Teaching: Assessment in Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Family/Couple Counseling


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

Teaching: Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy II, Pre-Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy, Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

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

Teaching: Parenthood, Contemporary Issues Affecting the Quality of Life, Child Development, Family Theories, Family Life Education

Claire Kimberly

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

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

Teaching: Sexuality in the Family, Program Evaluation and Assessment, Family Theories, Family Life Cycle, Families in Later Life, Research Methods, Family Life Education

Ryan Luethje

Instructor & Student Support Specialist

Specialty Areas: Student support and retention

Teaching: Introduction to Child and Family Studies, CFS Success Course, Marital and Family Relations

 

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

Teaching: FAM 660 Assessment and Diagnosis I, FAM 661 Assessment and Diagnosis II,  FAM 659 Ethics and Professional Issues in MFT, and FAM 790 Supervised Practicum in MFT


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

Teaching: Family Life Educator, Family Theories, Families in Later Life


Lindsay Wright

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Online Undergraduate Program

Specialty Areas: Infant development, breastfeeding, parent education, child development, child care

Teaching: Infant Development, Child Development, Advanced Child Development, Interpersonal Communication, Personal and Family Financial Management, Introduction to Child and Family Studies, CFS Success Course

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