I attended the University of Central Missouri and the University of Kansas for my undergraduate studies, and the University of Pittsburgh for my master’s and doctorate degrees in Counselor Education.
Besides my higher-ed teaching, I have been a warehouse worker, a line-worker in manufacturing plants, a retail store manager, a high school teacher and counselor, a psychiatric technician, and a mental health psychologist/case coordinator.
My college teaching experience includes: The State University of New York at Brockport, Lyndon State College in Vermont, Middle Tennessee State University, and over 32 years at JMU
I have been a writer of over 500 songs, and co-author of a number of professional books, book chapters, and journal articles.
I am a native of Kansas City and an ardent fan of the Chiefs football team. I am most proud of my membership in the award-winning JMU Counseling Program, and grateful for my close and collaborative friendships with my colleagues.
I have received the National Award for Publication in Counselor Education from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. I am also the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Madison Scholar Award from the College of Education and Psychology at James Madison University.
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
My research interests include counselor education, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and brief counseling.