Faculty & Staff

One of our department's biggest strengths is our faculty. The members of Lipscomb University's faculty are highly-qualified professors and working clinicians with a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. The core faculty consists of doctoral-level professors representing the areas of counseling, family therapy, clinical psychology, health psychology, neuroscience, child development and cognitive psychology. They have won a number of awards for teaching and advising: 6 Outstanding Teacher awards, 2 Baker Awards, and 2 Outstanding Advisor Awards.  The department supplements this group with several excellent part-time and visiting faculty members who are experts in their fields. 

Jake Morris, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP
Program Director, Graduate Studies in Counseling

Email: jake.morris@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-6652
Office: Ward 156

Dr. Morris joined our faculty in July 2009, after 10 years of teaching in the Psychology and Counseling Programs at Freed-Hardeman University. His received his doctorate in Educational Psychology (with an emphasis in Counselor Education) from University of Mississippi in 2000. Dr. Morris has taught many graduate counseling classes over the years, but his passion lies in Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy.  Currently, he teaches the Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Capstone courses.  Dr. Morris has presented at the local, state, and national levels on topics including Ethics, Supervision, Multicultural Issues in Counseling, Parenting, and Sexuality. Dr. Morris is currently licensed in the state of Tennessee as an LPC-MHSP, with prior licensure in Mississippi as an LPC.

 
J. Dale Alden, III, Ph.D., HSP
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
 
Phone: 615-966-5823
Office: Ward 163
 
Dr. Alden is a longstanding faculty member in the department of Psychology and Counseling.  He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, and Biological Psychology for the graduate program. Dr. Alden is a Licensed Psychologist, HSP, who specializes in clinical neuropsychology and maintains a private practice in Columbia, TN. His education includes a M.S. in Counseling from Abilene Christian University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology from Virginia Tech, and a specialization in Neuropsychology/ Geropsychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

 
Chris Gonzalez, Ph.D., LMFT
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy
 
Phone: 615-966-6651
Office: Ward 165
 
Chris Gonzalez joined our faculty in Fall 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota.  He teaches several courses in the MFT program. His research explores family and spiritual influences on positive youth development. He is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

 
Roy W. Hamley, Ed.D., LPC, FT 
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
 
Phone: 615-966-5753
Office: Ward 155
 
Dr. Hamley is a longstanding professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling and has been awarded three "Outstanding Teacher" awards by the university for excellence in teaching.   Dr. Hamley teaches Grief/Crisis Counseling and Multicultural Issues in Counseling.  He has an M.A. in Psychology from M.T.S.U. and an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University. Dr. Hamley is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Fellow in Thanatology.

 
Dave Morgan, Ed.D., LMFT
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling


Email: dave.morgan@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5209
Office: Ward 161
 
Dave Morgan joined our faculty in Fall 2013 after a dozen years in the Lipscomb University Counseling Center where he served as a therapist and the Director of Testing Services.  Dave received his Doctor of Education degree from Vanderbilt University.  He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  In addition, he holds the designation of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Master Practitioner.  Dave's primary responsibilities are teaching and supervision in the MMFT program.  He has served as academic advisor, for which he has been recognized with an "Outstanding Academic Advising Award."  Dave's clinical interests include relationship, dating, premarital, and marital issues.  Dave's research interests include the application of personality type theory to a variety of issues.

 
Melanie Morris, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, HSP
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Clinical Director, Graduate Studies in Counseling
 
Phone: 615-966-5658
Office: McFarland 107

Dr. Morris coordinates the Practicum and Internship process for the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and supervises practicum/internship students.  Dr. Morris received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Mississippi and is a Licensed Psychologist, HSP. She came to Lipscomb after eight years of teaching at Freed-Hardeman University. 

 
Shanna D. Ray, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology, Counseling & Family Science
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
Program Director, Graduate Studies in Psychology
 
Phone: 615-966-5833
Office: Ward 151
 
Dr. Ray is the coordinator for the M.S. in Psychology program and organizes the master's thesis process for the department. She also teaches Lifespan Development for the graduate program. Dr. Ray has an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from M.T.S.U. and a Ph.D./M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Ray's research explores how people's reasoning about God and Satan varies across the lifespan and among people from diverse religious backgrounds.

 
Douglas Ribeiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling


Email: douglas.ribeiro@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-7142
Office: McFarland 105
 
Dr. Ribeiro joined our faculty in Fall 2012 after completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior, Multicultural Issues in Counseling, and supervises students completing their practicum/internship experience in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His therapeutic approach is grounded in humanistic and multicultural theories. His research interests include culturally responsive counseling interventions, resilience among immigrant groups, and mixed (Quantitative & Qualitative) methodology in research design.

 
Frank Scott, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP
Director, University Counseling Center
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling


Email: frank.scott@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-1781
Office: Basement of Elam
 
Dr.Scott has been an adjunct professor since 1998 and is now serving as the University's Counseling Center Director.  He teaches classes in Group Therapy, Human Sexuality, and Suffering: Psychological Insights. He has taught at colleges in Texas and at four middle Tennessee universities . He has been in private practice, worked in psychiatric hospitals, and directed counseling centers. Dr. Scott's interests include parenting education and the impact of spiritual beliefs on emotional health.

 
Denis' Thomas, Ph.D., NCC
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling


Email: denis.thomas@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5599
Office: McFarland 103
 
Dr. Denis' Thomas joined the faculty in 2012 after several years on faculty at Lindsey Wilson College. She earned a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and a master's degree in school counseling from Middle Tennessee State University before earning a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee. She has worked as a school counselor, play therapy counselor and grief counselor, and she especially enjoys counseling children and adolescents. She is a National Certified Counselor.  Dr. Thomas teaches Theories of Counseling and Personality, Intro to Counseling Skills, Advanced Play Therapy and Expressive Arts and Intro to Play Therapy.

 
Paul E. Turner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Counseling
 
Email: paul.turner@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5832
Office: Ward 164

Dr. Turner is a longstanding professor at Lipscomb University and has been awarded three "Outstanding Teacher" awards and one "Outstanding Advisor" award.  Dr. Turner teaches Research Methods & Statistics and Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar.  He teaches Drugs and Behavior and History and Systems of Psychology at the undergraduate level.  His education includes the M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis in Experimental Psychology, and a M.S. in Public Health from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Turner's research interests are in health psychology, perfectionism, and spirituality.

 
Staff
 
Urszula Collier
Admissions Coordinator 
Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy


Email: urzula.collier@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5213
Office: Ward 154

Urszula joined the department in 2012 to work with the Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy Program.  Urszula received her BA in English from Harding University.  She is also a professional translator and ESL teacher.

 
Kathi Johnson
Outreach and Enrollment


Email: kathi.johnson@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5237
Office: Ward 162

A Lipscomb Alum, Kathi joined the department in 2012 and works primarily with the Graduate Studies program as the Outreach and Enrollment coordinator. Kathi's career has been in the nonprofit industry for the past 13 years with a focus in fundraising and volunteer management.

 
 
Elena Zemmel
Administrative Assistant
Graduate Studies in Psychology and Counseling


Email: elena.zemmel@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5906
Office: Ward 154

Elena Zemmel has served as the administrative assistant for the Department of Psychology and Counseling since 2005.  She coordinates the application and admissions process for the Graduate Programs (among many other things).