James L. Werth Jr., Ph.D., Professor and Program Director [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dr. Werth received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University in 1995. He completed his internship at Arizona State University’s Counseling and Consultation. He joined the faculty at Radford in the Fall of 2007. Prior to coming to Radford he worked at the University of Arkansas’ Counseling and Psychological Services, served as a post-doctoral fellow at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he received a Master of Legal Studies degree, was the American Psychological Association’s AIDS Policy Congressional Fellow in Washington DC, and was a faculty member in the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron. His research interests include end-of-life issues, HIV disease, suicide, professional ethics, and rural mental health. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and enjoys working with clients, especially persons with HIV disease and persons living with chronic and terminal illnesses (and their loved ones). He is Board certified (ABPP) in Counseling Psychology and is a Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association). He was the Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Rural Health, Chairs the Virginia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and serves as VPA’s Rural Health Coordinator, and is on several other Boards of Directors (e.g., Virginia Rural Health Association, Mental Health Association of the New River Valley, Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley).
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Tracy Cohn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor [email@example.com]
Dr. Cohn received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in human sexuality from the University of Kansas in 2007. He completed his internship at Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas. He joined the Radford faculty in the Fall of 2007. Prior to coming to Radford, he worked as a researcher on a grant funded by the Department of Labor, which sought to examine the job-seeking and job-maintenance strategies of individuals with disabilities. His current research is in the areas of human sexuality, the impact of behavior on public policy, and conflict in close relationships. He is a licensed psychologist in Virginia and has a private practice in Dublin, VA. He enjoys seeing clients and couples regarding issues related to substance abuse, trauma, and sexual identity. He also assists with fundraising for organizations that provide services for under-served and marginalized populations.
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Sarah Hastings, Ph.D., Associate Professor [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dr. Hastings received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1999. She completed her internship at Kansas State University Counseling Services. She joined the faculty at Radford in the Fall of 2006. Prior to coming to Radford she worked in a rural mental health center in southeast Kansas and consulted with the local Head Start agency. She also worked as a licensed psychologist in the counseling center at Baker University for 6 years, serving 4 years as director. While there she served on the university’s strategic leadership team and coauthored a $200,000 grant awarded by the Department of Justice to increase awareness of gender-based violence and enhance counseling and support services. Her current research projects include rural psychological practice, self-compassion and body image, and optimism in relationships. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and enjoys working with clients who are dealing with life transitions.
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Valerie Leake, Ph.D., Assistant Professor [email@example.com]
Dr. Leake received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2006. She completed her internship at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She joined the faculty at Radford in the fall of 2007. Prior to coming to Radford she worked for a year at the University of Kentucky as a Visiting Assistant Professor where she taught a variety of courses including counseling techniques, counseling theories, psychological assessment, gender development, and practicum. Her research focuses on validation of the Family Belonging Scale-Revised with adolescents and adults, development of interventions for stepfamilies with adolescents, how level of family belonging is correlated to positive and negative outcomes for adolescents and adults, and evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and presents research yearly at their national conferences. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and she enjoys working with couples and families.
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Ruth Riding-Malon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Dr. Riding-Malon earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2008. She completed her internship at Kentucky River Community Care and Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky. She joined the Radford faculty in the Fall of 2008. Prior to coming to Radford, she worked in a community mental health clinic in central Kentucky and served one year as assistant to the clinic director. She participated in research projects on AIDS prevention in high schools, and on rape prevention on college campuses; she trained staff and student leaders in diversity issues and on effective sexual assault response, and worked with pre-service teachers to increase awareness of multicultural issues. Dr. Riding-Malon is interested in rural mental health, women’s issues, trauma treatment, and in working with disenfranchised populations. Her current research interests lie in studying issues particular to populations in rural areas, investigating the effectiveness of multicultural training, evaluating trauma treatments, and examining the impact of spirituality in the lives of clients. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and she enjoys working with individuals who have experienced trauma.
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Tom Mullis, Ph.D., Professor [email@example.com]
Dr. Mullis received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 1970. He completed his internship at Holiday Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined the faculty at Radford in 1973. Prior to coming to Radford he worked at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. While working at Radford he worked as a part-time counselor at the Center for Counseling and Student Development for 15 years. His research interests include existential psychology, ethics, and psychology of religion. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia; he also is a Licensed Psychologist in Kansas. Presently, he has a limited private practice at the Center for Grief, Loss and Life Transitions. He enjoys working with clients who have existential and loss issues. He is the recipient of the Dedmon teaching award for excellence at Radford, Outstanding Volunteer Award from American Mental Health Counselors Association for work with graduate students, and in 2007 was presented an award by the Radford University Graduate College for his work in developing the Psy.D. program. His website is www.tommullis.com.
Dr. Mullis retired after the Fall 2008 semester but remains available for consultation as an Emeritus Professor.