Faculty

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAM & SCHOOL COUNSELING CONCENTRATION COORDINATOR
Virginia S. Dansby , (Ginny.Dansby@mtsu.edu) Professor, Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, West Virginia University, 1989. Dr. Dansby was a secondary school counselor for 6 years, is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is a licensed psychologist (HSP) with a part time private practice in Murfreesboro. Active in professional organizations, she has served as president of the TN Association. for Counselor Education and Supervision, member of the Executive Board of the TN Counseling Association, member of the Executive Board of the TN School Counselors Association (TSCA) and chair of the Awards Committee for Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She was presented the Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor award for 2003-04 by the TSCA and the Dr. Charles Thompson Counselor Educator of the Year Award for 2007-08 by TACES. Her research interests include group counseling/therapy process, development of empathy, and school counseling issues. Dr. Dansby has made numerous presentations at state, regional, and national professional meetings of ACA, APA, ASCA, and their divisions.
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Ellen K. Slicker , (Ellen.Slicker@mtsu.edu) Professor, has her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in School Psychology, 1991, her Ed.S. from the University of Northern Colorado in Counseling Psychology, 1983, and her MS from Kansas University in School Counseling, 1971. She has 7 years experience as a K-12 school counselor, 13 years as a mental health counselor, and many years as a school psychologist. Dr. Slicker is a Tennessee licensed psychologist (HSP) with a part-time private practice in Murfreesboro and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In addition, she is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). She is a past president of the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and was awarded the Middle TN Counseling Association Counselor of the Year Award for 2004-05 and the Counselor Advocate of the Year Award for 2006-07 and 2009-10. Dr. Slicker's research and professional interests are parenting style, adolescent development, family dysfunction, and play therapy. She has made numerous research presentations at professional conferences including APA, NASP, SEPA, and ASCA with research publications in these areas, as well.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING CONCENTRATION COORDINATOR
Christopher J. Quarto , (Chris.Quarto@mtsu.edu) Professor, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992. Prior to joining the Professional Counseling faculty, Dr. Quarto worked in Michigan and Wisconsin as a clinical mental health counselor and private practice psychologist, respectively. He worked closely with school personnel and pediatricians concerning children and adolescents who exhibited a variety of psychological disorders, in particular Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). He is a licensed psychologist (HSP) and licensed professional counselor (Michigan) and has a part-time private practice in which he provides counseling services to individuals as well as psychological testing and consultation services to area schools. Dr. Quarto is a certified Active Parenting parent educator and trainer of parent educators, Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and Certified Online Instructor (COI). He is past president of the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  Dr. Quarto was awarded the 2007 – 2008 College of Education and Behavioral Science Teaching Award and the University College 2012 Distinguished Educator in Distance Education Award. In addition to ADHD, his research interests include counselor development and supervision, school counselor credibility, and applications of technology to counseling. Click here to view Dr. Quarto's vita.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR OF THE MTSU CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Robin Wilbourn Lee , (Robin.Lee@mtsu.edu) Associate Professor, Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Mississippi State University, 1997. Dr. Lee is a faculty member in the Professional Counseling program at Middle Tennessee State University, specializing in clinical mental health counseling. She serves as the Director of the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to joining MTSU, Dr. Lee held faculty positions in counseling programs at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She earned a M.Ed. in Community Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Dr. Lee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Tennessee. She is professionally active in the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES), and the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA). Dr. Lee is the co-editor of The Tennessee Counseling Association Journal.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING FACULTY MEMBER
Michelle C. Stevens , (Michelle.Stevens@mtsu.edu) Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Counselor Education, Kent State University, 2010. Prior to joining the Professional Counseling faculty, Dr. Stevens instructed at Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University. Her pedagogical experiences range from group counseling, practicum, internship, diversity in healthcare, to multicultural counseling. Dr. Stevens is a supervising licensed clinical counselor in Ohio, and has practiced in several mental health agencies,focusing on inner city children and their families. Her scope of practice includes providing services in the home, schools, and clinic settings. She has also provided CBT to women diagnosed with PTSD at a battered women's shelter. Dr. Stevens has presented at the Ohio Counseling Association and was closely involved in a service learning project aimed at increasing multicultural awareness in staff at a local agency in northeast Ohio. Her areas of interest are: multicultural counseling and awareness, supervision, effective practicum and counselor training, child and adolescent therapy, family therapy, and play therapy.