Mobile, AL 36688-0002
M.Ed., Counseling, University of Houston, 2006
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Houston, 2012
My teaching philosophy has been highly influenced by clinical experience and my theoretical orientation as a counseling psychologist. Students, like clients, need to feel safe and supported in order to take the necessary risks to grow. Accordingly, I strive to provide an environment inside and outside of the classroom that is safe, supportive, transparent, and above all else fair. In one-on-one mentoring, for instance, I work collaboratively with my students to identify emerging strengths and areas for growth throughout the coming semesters. Because a central task of a doctoral level student is developing research competence, I also provide numerous opportunities to be involved with every step of the research process.
Although members of our research team have investigated a variety of cultural variables, such as race and sexual orientation in college students, my personal research tends to focus heavily on masculinity. Currently, the research team is involved in two major masculinity projects: the development of a new instrument to assess positive/prosocial masculinity ideologies, and a meta-analysis of 30 years of masculine gender role conflict research with the assistance of Dr. James O’Neil at the University of Connecticut. My research has also focused on individual differences, such as adult attachment orientations, which intersect with important masculinity variables. For instance, my dissertation examined the combined contributions of masculine gender role stress and adult attachment insecurity in the prediction of dating violence acceptance attitudes within college men. I am also an avid applied user of statistics and seek to learn the most advanced approaches so that I have a variety of tools to answer difficult research questions.
I am not from Alabama originally but came here by way of Kansas, Missouri, Texas,
and most recently Michigan. I received my bachelors in psychology at the University
of Kansas, which is also where I grew up, and I received my Masters in counseling,
as well as my PhD in counseling psychology, from the University of Houston in Texas.
At the University of Houston, my advisor and mentor was Dr. Frederick G Lopez, a world-renowned
researcher in adult attachment. I also had the good fortune to work with Dr. Jonathan
P Schwartz, an emergent scholar in the field of men and masculinity. With the support
of these two mentors, I have pursued a career in counseling psychology as a research-oriented
professor. At the same time, I truly enjoy the clinical aspects of our field, and
I worked for several years as a trainee and then a postdoctoral fellow in college
counseling. Accordingly, my research interests are a blend of my background in college
counseling and my two major influences of the psychology of men and adult attachment.
I am full faculty and the associate Director of Clinical Training in the Combined-integrative Clinical and Counseling Psychology PhD program. I am also an affiliate faculty in the Clinical Mental health program and their coordinator of research.
CCP 766 - Clinical Supervision
CCP 765 - Advanced Clinical Practicum
CCP 790 - Multicultural Counseling
EPY 555 - Assessment in Counseling
EPY 566 - Multicultural Counseling