Faculty

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAM & SCHOOL COUNSELING CONCENTRATION COORDINATOR
Virginia Dansby 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 Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES), member of the Executive Board of the TN Counseling Association (TCA), 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 (SACES). She is the2014-2015 president of TN Association for Specialists in Group Work (TASGW). She was presented the 2003-04 Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor award by TSCA, the 2007-08 Dr. Charles Thompson Counselor Educator of the Year Award by TACES, and the 2012 Humanistic Impact Award by the Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC).  Her research interests include issues related to group counseling, school counseling, adolescent development, and counselor education. 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 Slicker 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 M.S. from Kansas University in School Counseling, 1971. She has 7 years’ experience as a K-12 school counselor, over 40 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, was awarded the Middle TN Counseling Association Counselor of the Year Award for 2004-05, the Counselor Advocate of the Year Award for 2006-07 and 2009-10, and the Tennessee School Counseling Association’s Counselor Educator of the Year Award in 2012.  Dr. Slicker’s research and professional interests are play therapy, parenting style, family dysfunction, and child/adolescent behavior. She has made numerous research presentations at professional conferences including APA, ACA, NASP, SEPA, ASCA, and APT 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 physicians concerning children, adolescents and adults who exhibited a variety of educational and psychological disorders. 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 adults as well as psychological testing services (e.g., Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, mood & anxiety disorders) to individuals of all ages. Dr. Quarto is a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and is completing an addiction counseling certificate program through Montana State University’s Extended University. 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, the University College 2012 Distinguished Educator in Distance Education Award, and is a Certified Online Instructor (COI).  Dr. Quarto’s research interests include applications of technology to counseling and counselor development and supervision.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR OF THE MTSU CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Robin Wilbourn Lee, (Robin.Lee@mtsu.edu) 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 past president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES; 2013-2014), and is professionally active in 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 editor of The Tennessee Counseling Association Journal.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING FACULTY MEMBER
Michelle Stevens Michelle C. Stevens, (Michelle.Stevens@mtsu.edu) Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Counselor Education, Kent State University, 2010. Dr. Stevens currently teaches Practicum in Counseling, Lifespan Development and Multicultural Counseling. Her research interests include the effects of service learning advocacy projects on counseling students’ cultural competency, the experiences of minorities at primarily white institutions, and mentoring. Dr. Stevens is the current advisor for the Minority Graduate Student Association (MGSA) at MTSU, and has written a grant aimed at increasing retention rates for minority students on campus. Prior to joining the clinical mental health faculty, Dr. Stevens instructed at Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University. Dr. Stevens was a supervising licensed clinical counselor in the State of Ohio, and has practiced in several mental health agencies, focusing on inner city children and their families. Dr. Stevens’ scope of practice includes providing services in the home, schools, and in a mental health setting. She has also provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at a Domestic Violence Center to women who were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and is a past-president of the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES).