Vaughn Millner, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Office Hours

​UCOM 3808
M 1:00-4:00 
TH 2:00-5:00 
Ph: (251) 460-6108
Fax: (251) 380-2713
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Vaughn Millner, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Associate Professor, Department of Professional Studies
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

B.S., Human Development, University of Alabama, 1973
M.S., Community Counseling, University of South Alabama, 1993
Ph.D., Counselor Education, Auburn University, 1998
Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is to facilitate the development of students’ eagerness to learn. This philosophy encourages me to instill in students the satisfaction and joy of discovering threads of truth that run through the fabric of life - which may bring them to the lifelong pursuit of wisdom – the motherlode. Wisdom tells us we need to know more.

My beliefs about teaching follow:
  • Teachers should be encouraging, challenging, compassionate, and organized. I support my students and present myself as an educational ally. I assume the roles of teacher, model, and mentor. I challenge students to produce quality work based on recent research and work with them in developing self-efficacy in their academic efforts.
  • Teachers who set high expectations for students are more likely to generate students who try harder and reach higher levels of learning than students not expected to excel. I expect students to be active participants in the learning process and encourage them to set high goals for themselves.

My preferred method of supervision for beginning counselors is a developmental approach. People, abundant with potential, unfold in stages. As beginning counseling supervisees’ confidence and expertise grow, their supervisory needs change. Stoltenberg and Delworth’s (1987) developmental model suggests that supervisees develop over eight dimensions: intervention skills, assessment techniques, interpersonal assessment, client conceptualization, individual differences, theoretical orientation, treatment goals and plans, and professional ethics. I use this model as a guideline for my supervision interventions.

For advanced supervision, Neufeldt, Iversen and Juntunen’s (1995) case conceptualization model best undergirds my work. I encourage counselors to examine their hypotheses about clients and their theoretical orientation in relation to appropriate interventions - all within the context of their theory of change. Advanced supervisees have commented that they have benefited from exploring their own perceptions of change as it relates to chosen interventions as their awareness of their beliefs explained discrepancies in their counseling practice.

I apply an existential/humanistic approach to case conceptualization and supervision. As such, I help supervisees focus on their authenticity and skill development within a respectful, empathic environment. My belief that people have tremendous potential enables me to be optimistic about their possibilities of becoming effective counselors and I am very respectful of the role I play in their development.
Dr. Millner's research focuses on health behavior and health promotion. Specifically, her research investigates attitudes towards unplanned adolescent pregnancy and sexual wellness across the age span. Her other research interests include program evaluation, positive psychology, subjective well-being, and optimism.
Dr. Millner’s work is interdisciplinary and frequently involves collaborative work with community partners to further positive community health. Recent projects include her work with the Junior League of Mobile to study nutritional attitudes of middle-school students and her five year evaluation/research project with the Mobile County Health Department (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to reduce adolescent risky sexual behavior and adolescent unwanted pregnancy rates in the community. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy highlighted her efforts as part of a case study, Community Spotlight: Using Data to Engage Program Partners: Mobile County Health Department.

Dr. Vaughn Millner, LPC, NCC received her PhD in Counselor Education from Auburn University. She teaches graduate courses in the Clinical Mental Health program at USA. Dr. Millner has published over two dozen research papers in professional peer-reviewed journals and contributed to a book, a book chapter, and encyclopedia entries on various topics of human relations training, human sexuality, and public health.

Her recent research and evaluation efforts regarding the reduction of adolescent risky sexual behavior were supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Mobile County Health Department. She recently published, along with her two co-presenters, an article in the Sexuality Research and Social Policy journal regarding parents’ beliefs about sex education for their children in Alabama public schools. Professor Millner’s work has also been published in the Journal of Counseling and Development, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Southern Medical Journal, and The Family Journal. Her work has been cited in Harvard Law & Policy Review.




EPY 351 - Human Growth and Development

EPY 455 - Evaluation of Teaching and Learning

CED 560 - Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

CED 576 - Supervised Practicum in Counseling

CED 586 - Analysis of Counseling Process

CED 588 - Career Planning and Placement

CED 590 - Human Sexuality in Counseling

CED 676 - Advanced Practicum in Counseling

EPY 502 - Psychological Principles of Learning

EPY 521 - Human Development and Behavior

EPY 555 - Tests and Measurements

CED 584 Seminar in Ethical and Legal Issues

CED 597 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Millner has taught additional 8 courses at USA external to the College of Education.