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Keith M. Davis, Ph.D., NCC is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Department. Dr. Davis teaches courses in both school and clinical mental health counseling and has 20+ years of experience teaching, working as an elementary and high school counselor, family intervention specialist, and an EAP therapist. Dr. Davis’ research interests includes international education and the internationalization of the counseling profession, men’s issues and male development over the lifespan, and the incorporation of brief family interventions employed by school counselors working with school-aged youth and their families.
Lauren Ermann, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech) is an Assistant Professor in the department of Counselor Education at Radford University. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Tech. Her research efforts have focused on older adults (specifically older women), addictions (Alcoholics Anonymous), chronic pain (care and coping strategies), and mild cognitive impairment (coping mechanisms for relatives).
Dr. Ermann teaches first year foundation courses related to counseling theory and techniques, legal and ethical issues in counseling, assessment and appraisal in counseling, and individual practicum. She also serves as the assessment coordinator for the department.
Alan Forrest, Ed.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Radford University. Over the past 35 years he has held a variety of positions in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. Dr. Forrest is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has extensive clinical experience in the areas of individual, couples, family, and group counseling. He has facilitated training seminars, workshops, and retreats in the areas of loss, grief and bereavement; chemical dependency and family therapy; couples communication skill training; men's issues in counseling; and mindfulness/meditation practices in counseling. In addition to his personal mindfulness meditation practice, Alan has led, and co-led, mindfulness retreats for college and graduate students, medical students, human service and mental health professionals, educators, young adults and others. He is actively involved in infusing mindfulness into both his counseling practice and into the college classroom. He is interested in mindfulness pedagogy and facilitates weekly mindfulness practice groups at Radford University for faculty and staff. Alan has been a consultant and trainer for various mental health centers, school districts, hospices, businesses, and organizations. Alan is affiliated with a private practice, Life in Balance: Counseling & Wellness Center in Christiansburg.
James Gumaer, Ed. D. (University of Florida) is a professor in the department of counselor education. He has held a variety of counseling positions in both student affairs and school systems. Dr. Gumaer has written books in the area of group counseling and child therapy as well as serving as President of the Association for Specialists in Group Work.
As a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and board-approved supervisor, Dr. Gumaer has been involved with counselor supervision and training for over 25 years and is a consultant to agencies and school systems. His teaching and research interests include internship and practicum supervision, group counseling and child and adolescent counseling.
Nadine Hartig is a Licensed Professional Counselor (VA & CO) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CO). She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996) and a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado (2004). She has over twenty years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including universities, community mental health centers, K-12 schools, crisis settings, private practice settings, the State Public Defender’s Office, domestic violence and trauma centers, an integrated behavioral health clinic, and a dual diagnosis program. She has been part of Radford University’s faculty since 2006, where she currently holds rank as Associate Professor and serves as the chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education. She also serves as the Director for the Center of Integrated Health and Wellness. She has taught across the counseling core, school counseling, couples and family counseling, and clinical mental health curricula for over ten years. Her areas of interest include counseling children and adolescents, integrated health, integrative and complementary treatment methods, trauma, wellness, supervision, leadership, and career development. Personally, she is blessed with the privilege of mothering three beautiful children and enjoys running, gardening, cycling, doing yoga, and being outdoors with her family.
After a national search, the department of counselor education is pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Blackwell Jones has joined the department as an assistant professor faculty member. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Penn State University and has experience working in the areas of community counseling, school counseling, and counseling psychology.
Over the past 11 years, Dr. Jones has taught graduate courses in diversity, counseling skills, drug and alcohol counseling and practicum for individual counseling and groups. In addition, she served as the assistant undergraduate counselor education coordinator and worked as a high school counselor. She also served as a consultant to schools in Georgia on developing cultural competence.
Areas of research and professional interestinclude Cultural Competence, grief and loss, as well as DNA Counseling. Dr.Jones has been an active advocate for LGBT issues and has developed and ledsafe zone trainings for students and faculty in university communities.
William “Wally” Scott, Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education. He has worked in the counseling field for over 30 years in various professional settings (e.g., Social Services, residential care, community mental health, court services and family services).
Dr. Scott is both licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. He is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He served on the Virginia Board of Professional Counselors for two terms between 2006 and 2014. He has served in other professional positions for the Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (VAMFC), Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (VAMFT), and the Healing Story Alliance (HAS). Dr. Scott has regularly presented at international (Poland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, Panama), national, state and local conferences and workshops, and has routinely consulted with organizations in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas.
Dr. Scott has been involved in the supervision, education, and training of students and professionals for over 25 years. Prior to joining the Counselor Education Department in 2003, he was an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work, Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education departments. Additionally, he served for nearly two years as the Director of the Center for Counseling and Student Development at Radford University. Dr. Scott’s teaching and research interests include: narrative, collaborative, post-modern and systemic counseling approaches; use of technology in counseling and supervision; crisis and trauma counseling; community mental health; practicum and internship supervision.
He is the father of three adult children; his hobbies include hiking, biking, music, and travel. He has recently been on missions’ trips to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and was a volunteer for the Royal Family Kids Camp in Huntington, West Virginia.
Valerie Goad has been the Administrative Assistant in the Counselor Education Department since January, 2014. Her previous work at Radford University has been with the Small Business Development Center within the College of Business and Economics.