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E.Joan Looby

E.Joan Looby

Professor, Program Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Email: Dr. Looby
Phone: (662) 325-3426; 325-2091
Office: 508H Allen Hall


  • B.A., University of the Virgin Islands, Psychology and English
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Counseling and Student Personnel Services

Research Interests

  • Multicultural and Diversity Issues
  • Body Image Issues in Women of Color
  • Women and Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Treating Sexually Abused Clients

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Family Counseling Theory
  • Cultural Foundations in Counseling
  • Counseling Sexually Abused Clients
  • Crisis Response in Counseling
  • Advanced Multicultural Counseling
  • Advanced Theories of Counseling
  • Spirituality in Counseling
  • Counseling Theory
  • Counseling Skills
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship
  • Advanced Clinical Interventions in Sexual Abuse
  • Developmental Counseling and Mental Health
  • Feminist Therapy and Counseling Women
  • Introduction to Counseling

Selected Publications

  • Looby, E. J. (2009). The definition of privilege (pp. 407-408) Alexandria, VA: The American Counseling Association.
  • Looby, E.J. (2007). Addressing the independent living needs of ethnic-racial minorities. In P. Leung, C. Flowers, W. Talley, & P. Sanderson (Eds.), Multicultural issues in rehabilitation and allied health (pp. 176-200). Missouri: Aspen Professional Services.
  • Looby, E.J. & Sandhu, D. (2003). Development of multicultural competencies through positive racial identity development. In G. Sodowsky, D. Sandhu & V. Bibbins (Eds), A guidebook: Practices of multicultural competencies (pp.17-28. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Webb, T., Looby, E.J. & Fults, R.(2003) African American men's perceptions of body figure attractiveness: An acculturation study. The Journal of Back Studies, 33, 116-131.
  • Trusty, J., Looby, E. J., & Sandhu, D. (2002). Multicultural counseling: Context, theory and practice, and competence. Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Selected Presentations

  • Selby, A. M., Hines, L., & Looby, E. J. (2012, September). Creative techniques in supervision. Roundtable discussion presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision regional conference, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Jackson , D., & Looby, E. J. (2011, October). Don't ask: Don't tell: Alive and well in counselor education programs. Roundtable discussion presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision national conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Looby, E, J., Staten, Oya., & Atkins, Yolanda. (2010, March). Surviving and thriving: Black women's stories of healing from traumatic intimate relationships. Invited presentation by the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development. The annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA .
  • Looby, E.J., & Sanders, W. (2008, October). Effective strategies for working with high risk African American males. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Houston, TX.
  • Looby, E. J., Gardner, Y., & Craft, S. (2006, March). Sexual abuse interventions with diverse client populations. An all day Learning Institute conducted at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Montreal, Canada. (Refereed).
  • Looby, E. J., Craft, S., & Webb, T. (2005, April). Counseling female sex offenders. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Atlanta, GA. (Refereed).

Selected Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Editorial Board, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Mississippi Counseling Association
  • Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Association

Selected Honors and Awards

  • ACA Emerging Leader Candidate
  • Outstanding African American Faculty in the Workplace
  • AMCD, ASERVIC, ACES Service Awards
  • MSU President's Commission on the Status of Women Honoree
  • Chi Sigma Iota

Certifications and Licensure

  • National Certified Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Mississippi Board Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Safe Zone Ally

Personal Interests

  • Reading psychological thrillers
  • Collecting mugs
  • Traveling