Staff & Faculty

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For undergraduate student & Psychology Department assistance:

Mrs. Charlotte Phillips
Administrative Assistant IVUndergraduate Student & Main Office Support

Office:      303 Clay Hall
Phone:     (615) 963-5141



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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; Schedule an appointment
Phone: (615) 963-5144
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Lisa de la Mothe, Ph.D.
Associate 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?

Phone:      (615)963-1390 Schedule an appointment
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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; Schedule an appointment
Phone:     (615) 963-1559

Richard Garvin

Richard P. Garvin Jr., Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Trevecca Nazarene University
M.A., Fisk University
B.B.A., Philander Smith College

Research Interests: Mental Health diagnoses, Racial Identity Development, Race-Based Traumatic Stress, and Africultural Coping.

Office:      311 Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:     (615) 963-7799

Marie Hammond

Marie Hammond, Ph.D. 

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

Research Interests: Career and identity development in African Americans and STEM students; culturally appropriate career interventions and measures for African American students; contextual influences on career and professional development; mid-life career change.

Office:      313 Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:     (615) 963-5191

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Esther Lynch

Esther M. Lynch, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Tennessee State University
M.S., Tennessee State University
B.S., Utica College of Syracuse University

Research Interests: Relationship issues, integrated behavioral health, and trauma in marginalized populations

Office:      308AA Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:     (615) 963-5152
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Raquel Martin

Raquel Martin, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
M.S., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
M.S., Lipscomb University
B.S., Fisk University

Research Interests: Racism Related Stress, Racial Identity Development, Racial Socialization, Anti-racist and anti-oppressive health care

Office:      317 Clay Hall;Schedule an appointment

Phone:     (615) 963-5150
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Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Research Interests: Perception and treatment of intercultural relationships and multiracial individuals, relationship dynamics in intracultural versus intercultural relationships, stereotypes and prejudice, cultural diversity, application of statistical techniques and methodologies

Office:     317AA Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-5153

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Robin Oatis-Ballew

Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests: Service Learning in Graduate Education, Culturally Inclusive Classrooms, Women’s Issues

Office:     305A Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-1558

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Joan Popkin

Joan Popkin, Ph.D.

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:     AWC 146; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-1385

Brooke Rappaport

Brooke Rappaport, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.S., Tulane University
B.S., Tulane University

Research Interests: Ally/accomplice/co-conspirator development; 
intersectional feminism; multicultural and relational 
supervision and training

Office:    308DD Clay Hall Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-1569


Lauren Rocha

Lauren Rocha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
M.Ed., Texas A&M University
B.S., The University of Texas at Brownsville

Research Interests: Legislative Advocacy Model for Counseling Students.

Office:    303A Clay Hall Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-5345

Mary Shelton

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; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-7984

Joshua Shive

Joshua Shive, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University
B.S., Truman State University

Research Interests: human factors, visual perception

Office:     317DD Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-5160

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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: Vegan research and activism; scholarship of teaching.

Office:     305C Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963 - 5088
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Thurman Webb

Thurman Webb, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

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

Research and Professional Interests: Rebrand the Black Man

Office:      308A Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:     (615) 963-1593


Tiffany Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Cleveland State University
M.S.,  Cleveland State University
B.A.,  Cleveland State University

Research Interests: Interface of work-life for racial or ethnic minorities; Impacts of systemic oppression, racial injustice, sociopolitical and sociocultural barriers, and mental health and health disparities

Office:     308C Clay Hall; Schedule an appointment
Phone:    (615) 963-2175
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