Faculty & Staff

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 Dr. James Brooks

James Brooks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign     B.S.,    Illinois State University

Research Interests: Romantic Relationships; Topics of Diversity and Multiculturalism; Interracial Relationships; Multiracial Families; Multicultural Counseling


Office: 317A Clay Hall

Phone: (615) 963-5141

Email: jbrook42@tnstate.edu

 Faculty Webpage


Counseling Faculty -Core Staff

James Campbell

James Campbell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.A., Central State University

Research Interests: Male gender role socialization; marriage and couple issues; children and adolescents.

Office: 305B Clay Hall

Phone: (615) 963-5144

Email: jcampbell21@tnstate.edu

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James Chatman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Heart rate as a function of stressful events.

Office:       303B Clay Hall

Phone:      (615) 963-5150

Email:        jchatman@tnstate.edu


Lisa de la Mothe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin

Research Interests: Neuroanatomical and neurochemical organization of the auditory system. What happens in the brain when we do something?

Office:      305D Clay Hall

Phone:      (615)963-1390

Email:       ldelamot@tnstate.edu

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John Dossett, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S., Ball State University
B.S., Ball State University

Research Interests: Sexual behavior and decision making; statistics and critical thinking; instruction and assessment.

Office:      304C Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-1559

Email:      jdossett@tnstate.edu

Dr. Tom Gross  


Thomas Gross, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, School Psychology. Oklahoma State University

Research Interests: Assessment for intervention; Treatment implementation; Caregiver influence on conduct problems; Program evaluation; Outcomes measurement; Diversity training in school psychology


Office:      313 Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-5152

Email:      tgross2@tnstate.edu

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Linda Guthrie, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Service Learning &
Civic Engagement

Ph.D.,Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Middle Tennessee State University
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Office:      306 Holland Hall

Phone:      (615) 963-2920

Email:       lguthrie@tnstate.edu



Marie Hammond, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.Ed., University of Missouri
B.M.E., Olivet College

Research Interests: Career development of African Americans and STEM students; validation of career measures for African American students; mid-life career changes; personality and diagnosis/treatment of psychological disorders.

Office:      308D Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-5191

Email:       mhammond1@tnstate.edu

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Kiesa Kelly, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
M.S., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
B.A., Bowdoin College

Research Interests: Electrophysiology; event-related potentials (ERPs); scholarship of teaching and learning, culturally-relevant instruction.

Office:      303 Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-5157

Email:       kkelly5@tnstate.edu


Jeri Lee, Ed.D., J.D.
Associate Professor

J. D., Nashville School of Law
Ed.D., Tennessee State University
M.S., Texas Christian University
B.A., East Texas Baptist University

Office:      308C Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-1569

Email:       jlee6@tnstate.edu

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Marvin Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Office:     317D Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-5087

Email:       mlee5@tnstate.edu



Dr. Ashleigh Maxcey

Ashleigh Maxcey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Purdue University

Research Interests:  Cognitive Psychology


Office:     30 Clay Hall

Phone:    (615) 963-

Email:      amaxcey@tnstate.edu

Faculty Web Page


Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Howard University
M.S., Howard University
B.A., Fisk University

Research Interests: Work-life balance; professional development of women; coping and career of African American women supervisors.

Office:     305A Clay Hall

Phone:    (615) 963-1558

Email:      roatisballew@tnstate.edu


Joan Popkin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Tennessee
M.S., University of Tennessee
B. S., University of Tennessee

Research Interests: Women's issues; diversity and multicultural issues; development of children and adolescents.

Office:     105A Clay Hall

Phone:    (615) 963-1385

Email:      jpopkin@tnstate.edu


Mary Shelton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ph.D., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
M.S., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of the South

Research Interests: Development and diversity related to ethnic identity.

Office:     304D Clay Hall

Phone:    (615) 963-7984

Email:      mshelton@tnstate.edu


Joshua Shive, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Statistics education; visual perception; human computer interaction.

Office:     317A Clay Hall

Phone:    (615) 963-5160

Email:      jshive@tnstate.edu

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Amy Sibulkin, Ph.D.

Amy Sibulkin, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Cornell University
M.S.,  Cornell University
B.A.,  Clark University

Research Interests: Predictors of college graduation; college student mediation services.

Office:     305C Clay Hall

Phone:    (615) 963 - 5088

Email:      asibulkin@tnstate.edu 

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Stephen Trotter, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Utah
M.S., University of Houston
B.S., Stephen F. Austin University


Office:      406A Avon Williams Campus

Phone:     (615) 963-5161

Email:       strotter@tnstate.edu


Thurman Webb, Ed.D.

Ed.D., Walden University
M.S., Tennessee State University
B.S., Tennessee State University


Office:      308A Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-1593

Email:      twebb8@tnstate.edu



 Support Staff


Mrs. Diane Coakley
Administrative Assistant III

Office:      303 Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-2175

Email:       dcoakley@tnstate.edu


Mrs. Charlotte Phillips
Administrative Assistant IV


Office:      303 Clay Hall

Phone:     (615) 963-5141

Email:      cphillips@tnstate.edu




About the Faculty & Other Instructors


Core Faculty: The faculty committed to undergraduate education are a diverse group with a variety of theoretical orientations and professional interest areas including Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology. We offer a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, active research and service programs, and a team of advisors who are dedicated to helping our students achieve personal and professional goals.

Other Faculty: There are many faculty in the Department who may teach within the Bachelors of Science in Psychology Program. They are available to answer questions about careers in the areas of Counseling Psychology, School Counseling, and School Psychology.


Faculty Liaison Program: All part-time instructors are assigned a full-time professor to serve as their Faculty Liaison. The Faculty Liaison is a resource for the instructor, may be contacted by a student if there are issues that cannot be resolved with the instructor directly, and will provide instructive feedback to the instructor. This program is designed to promote excellence in teaching in all instructors. There are two main types of part-time instructors:

1) Adjunct Faculty: Many courses are taught by community professionals who provide their part-time teaching services to the Department.

2) Graduate Student Instructors: Students working on their doctorates in Counseling or School Psychology may teach courses in the Bachelors Program after they complete a rigorous course designed to prepare them for this activity.

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