B.A. in psychology, McKendree University (2004)
M.S. in educational psychology, Southern Illinois University (2009)
Ph.D. in counselor education and counseling (2012)
My current research interests primarily focus on pedagogy
and supervision based in social construction within counselor education and how
to co-create a learning environment with my students to promote optimal
holistic learning, including helping students realize their impact as holistic
counselors who are also social change agents. I am interested in society's
impact on cultural (visible and invisible) minorities' wellness as well as the
use of creativity in teaching, supervision and working with clients.
I regularly present at local, regional and national conferences
related to counselor education, diversity and creativity. I have served on the
American Counseling Association ethics committee, am currently serving on the
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision research grant committee,
and am on a dissertation committee. I have also published articles in
peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
I view the world from a systemic and relational perspective.
By this, I mean everything I do, you do, we do and the world does is because of
the system we are in and the relationships we have within that system or
culture. Everything is connected. The holistic counseling program at Salve Regina
views the world, our students and their clients in a holistic way, encouraging
each to acknowledge and explore all of the parts of self and other.
As an individual, I am a firm believer in my responsibility
to be a social change agent and advocate. As a professor and counselor, I see
part of my responsibility being promoting social justice, understanding that good
is in every person, yet realizing situations such as oppression and privilege
impact personhood. Within this understanding, I see it as imperative for
counselors to meet their clients where that person is in life to help them work
towards personal wellness. If prospective students are interested in
potentially joining a helping profession that focuses on a wellness-based understanding
of humanity and systems, working for equality of all people, and better
understanding your self related to mind/body/spirit/emotions please come in,
call or email. I look forward to hearing from you.