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Faculty Biographies

Photo of Tennille Brownrigg, Ph.D.Dr. Tennille Brownrigg (Assistant Professor)

Research interests: Training and preparation of counselors in spirituality and religion; expatriates of color, mental awareness and availability of services; children/adolescents and spiritual awareness and development.


Courses Taught:

  • Lifespan Developmental
  • Personality Theories
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • Counseling Diverse Populations


  • B.A. Tuskegee University
  • M.S. Texas A&M University- Commerce
  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University- Commerce

Leatha Bennett, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)

Research interests: Racial Micro-aggressions, Early language development, School readiness

Courses Taught:

  • Lifespan Developmental
  • Personality Theories
  • Learning Theories


  • B.S. Psychology, Tougaloo College
  • M.S. Developmental Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • Ph.D. Washington State University

Faculty imageSharon Brown, Ph.D., CRC        (Associate Professor)

Research Interests: Anxiety and Depression Amongst College Students, School-Aged Youth with Learning Disabilities, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Postsecondary Education and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Vocational Assessment


  • B.A. Rehabilitation Services, Wilberforce University 
  • M.Ed. Rehabilitation Counseling, Kent Student University
  • Ph.D. Rehabilitation Services, The Ohio State University

Photo of Dr. Tonya DavisTonya Davis, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCSP (Assistant Professor)

Program Coordinator

Research Interests: Psychological /Psychoeducational Assessment, Biometrics, Health disparities, Technology/Virtual Reality Interventions and Mental Health, Strength-based coaching



  • B.S. Sociology, Auburn University
  • M.S. Counseling Psychology, Alabama A&M University
  • M.A. Educational Psychology/School Psychometry, University of Alabama
  • Ph.D. School Psychology-, University of Alabama

Courses Taught:

  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Personality Assessment

Photo of Dr. Kristy LaMarKristy LaMar, Ph. D. (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Media Influence on Self-Efficacy & Self-Esteem of Black Women; Hair Texture Consciousness; Confirmatory & Exploratory Factor Analysis comparison of the MEIM; Religiosity as a means of coping and survival; Relational Longevity


  • A.S. Photography, Oakwood University
  • B.S. English, Oakwood University
  • M.A. General Psychology, Adelphi University
  • M.S. Counseling Psychology, Andrews University
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Andrews University

Photo of Everton McIntosh, Ph.D.

Everton McIntosh, Ph.D. (Professor)

Research Interests: Impersonal attraction, Romantic jealousy, Research methodology,



  • B.S. Psychology, Oakwood University
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, Alabama A&M University
  • Ph.D. Social Psychology, Howard University

Courses Taught:

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Experimental Psychology
  • History & Systems

Photo of Adrienne Parham, Ph.D.Adrienne Vaughan-Parham, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)

Research Interests: Organizational Development/Consumer Motivation,  Qualitative Measures of Intimacy & Infidelity in Marriage, Implications of Social Desirability and Impacts of Social Media Networks



  • B.S. Psychology, Oakwood University
  • M.S. Counseling Psychology, Alabama A&M University
  • Ed. D. Counseling Psychology

Courses Taught: Behavioral and Inferential Statistics, Research Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Group Dynamics, Counseling Techniques, Counseling Diverse Populations, General Psychology, Human Growth & Development, Personality Theories, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Learning & Behavior, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Orientation & Ethics, etc.

Shatoi Scott, Ph.D.

(Assistant Professor, Gradauate Program Coordinator)

Research Interests: Rehabilitation Counselor Wellness, Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Mentorship Impact on Counselor Trainee Efficacy


  • B.A. Psychology, North Carolina A&T University
  • M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, North Carolina A&T University
  • Ph.D. Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling Education, North Carolina A&T University

Photo of Jo Lauren WeaverJo Lauren Weaver, PhD, LPC, NCC 

Assistant Professor  

Research Interests: Mindfulness-based interventions, adolescent and young adult social media use, restorative justice in schools, perinatal mental health, creativity in counseling and counselor education. 


  • B.A., English, University of Alabama  
  • M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of South Alabama  
  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of Florida  

Courses Taught

  • Group Dynamics  
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics 
  • Psychopharmacology  
  • Practicum  
  • Internship I