Departmental News

  • Public Dissertation Defense Invitation
    The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations Announces a Public Dissertation Defense by Sondra Dowdle Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling / PHCE
    Dowdle Formal Defense Announcement
  • Three College of Education students – Jasmine Carter, Riley Holmes and Taylor Skinner – participated in a cultural study experience directed by Dr. Qiana Cutts
    Three College of Education students – Jasmine Carter, Riley Holmes and Taylor Skinner – participated in a cultural study experience directed by Dr. Qiana Cutts, assistant professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations. Using the work of Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard, III – a scholar, historian and a professor for 30 years at Georgia State University until his death in 2007 – as the foundation, the experience was curated as an extension of the Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Project implemented by Dr. Cutts during her fall section of EDF 3333: Social Foundations of Education. Specifically, the experience furthered students’ knowledge of the ways in which teacher disposition, cultural understandings, and pre-service education and preparation impact their ability to become “power teachers” who emphasize school equity and cultivate culturally relevant learning experiences for their students.

    Over two days from January 30 through February 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, the group visited cultural and sites, including the APEX Museum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward, and Georgia State University. Activities at these sites included film and exhibit viewings, a teaching observation, and semi-formal dinner and discussion.

    The group had the honor of being attendees at the 1st Annual Asa G. Hilliard, III Memorial Scholarship Dinner, where they met and engaged with the Honorable Patsy Jo Hilliard and Hakim Hilliard, widow and son of Dr. Asa Hilliard; Monica Kaufman Pearson, Emmy Award winner and the first African American and first woman to become a news anchor in Atlanta; Dr. Gwendolyn Benson, associate dean for school, community and international partnerships in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University; Dr. Akinyela Umoja, chair and professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, and countless other scholars and community leaders.

    The group also visited other sites, including Skyview Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlantic Station, and engaged in a focus group discussion and dinner. The students will present their reflections of and research about the experience at the 11th Annual College of Education Research Forum in April, 2018.
  • Congratulations to our faculty and doctoral students in Counselor Education on their accomplishments
    Doctoral Students Accomplishments and Presentations, 2016-2017

    - Congratulations to Yolanda McDade who defended successfully her dissertation, Spring 2017. The title of the dissertation was "Effectiveness of the Mandt System Aggression Management Training in an Inpatient Behavioral Health Program." The dissertation committee included Dr. Joan Looby (Chair), Dr. Kathy Dooley, Dr. Charles Palmer, Dr. David Morse and Dr. Cheryl Justice.

    - The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations is happy to announce that Kimberly Mason Peeples, a doctoral student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, was selected as the 2017 Graduate School Hall of Fame Scholar. Kimberly works under the supervision of Dr. Joan Looby, Professor of Counselor Education. Congratulations Kimberly, on this wonderful milestone.

    National and International Meetings and Presentations

    - Kimberly Peeples, a doctoral student, and Dr. Joan Looby, Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the American Counseling Association Illuminate Conference, Washington, DC., June 2017. The presentation was entitled "Counselor religiosity, competence and readiness to work with sexual minority clients: Counseling Implications."

    - Dr. Joan Looby, Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations and Kimberly Peeples, a doctoral student, presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, California, March 2017. The presentation was entitled "Counselor religiosity, competence and readiness to work with sexual minority clients: Counseling Implications."


    - Melanie Walsh, doctoral student and Dr. Cheryl Justice, both in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, California, March 2017. The presentation was entitled "Transgender* group counseling: Strategies, process, and recruitment efforts"

    - Kimberly Peeples , doctoral student , and Drs. Joan Looby, Cheryl Justice and Laith Mazahreh, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the Mississippi Counseling Association Conference, Jackson, Mississippi, November 2016. The presentation was entitled "Gatekeeping your words: Micro-aggressions in the counseling field."

    - Kimberly Peeples and Shanika Mc. Kinney, doctoral students, and Joan Looby, Professor, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented a poster at the semi-annual meeting of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2016. The poster Session was entitled "I can't be open at school: Creating awareness for LGB issues through counselor trainees."

    - Kimberly Peeples, doctoral student and Joan Looby, Professor, both in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, conducted a 50 minute roundtable session at the semi-annual meeting of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2016. The roundtable was entitled "Being aware of what you say: Supervisee, supervisor and client micro-aggressions."

    - Melanie Walsh and Hope Gilbert, doctoral students, and Dr. Laith Mazahreh, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the semi-annual meeting of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2016. The presentation was entitled "School counselors preparedness and willingness to work with LGB students."


    - Dr. Laith Mazahreh, and Melanie Walsh and Hope Gilbert, doctoral students in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented a poster session at the semi-annual meeting of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2016. The session was entitled "Promoting characteristics of dynamic supervisees: Supervisees perceptions"


    - Hope Gilbert and Melanie Walsh, doctoral students in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, San Antonio, Texas, September 2016. The presentation was entitled "School counselor's willingness and preparedness to provide services to LGB student populations."

    - Melanie Walsh, doctoral student and Dr. Cheryl Justice, both in the Department of Counseling Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, San Antonio, Texas, September 2016. The presentation was entitled, "Transgender group counseling: Strategies, process, and recruitment efforts."


    - Melanie Walsh and Hope Gilbert, doctoral students, James Lang, masters student and Dr. Laith Mazahreh, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the 35th Annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for Helping Professionals, Cleveland, Mississippi, April 2016. The presentation was entitled "School counselor's preparedness and willingness to work with LGB students."

    - Kimberly Peeples, doctoral student, and Drs. Joan Looby, Cheryl Justice and Laith Mazahreh, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the 35th Annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for Helping Professionals, Cleveland. Mississippi, April 2016. The presentation was entitled "Be careful what you say: Addressing micro-aggressions in clinical supervision."


    - Drs. Joan Looby, Cheryl Justice and Laith Mazahreh, and Kimberly Mason, doctoral student, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2016. The presentation was entitled "Words hurt: Micro-aggressions in clinical supervision."

    - Drs. Laith Mazahreh, Joan Looby, and Cheryl Justice, and Kimberly Mason, doctoral student, all in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2016. The presentation was entitled "Surviving Supervision: Counselor trainees talk back."
  • Welcome to Fall Semester 2017!
    Welcome to Mississippi State University as we begin Fall Semester 2017. As classes begin tomorrow, we look forward to celebrating your accomplishments throughout the semester!
  • Congratulations to Xi Chen who won the best paper at the COE research forum.
    We are happy to announce that Xi Chen, an Educational Psychology doctoral student, won the best paper award at the 10th College of Education Forum. Congratulations Xi on this great accomplishment!

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