Core Faculty

Chris Gonzalez, Ph.D., LMFT
Associate Professor, Psychology, Counseling & Family Science
Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

Email: chris.gonzalez@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-6651
Office: LFTC 201

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.

 

Justin Briggs, Ph.D., LMFT
Assistant Professor, Psychology, Counseling & Family Science
Clinical Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

Email: jgbriggs@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5301
Office: LFTC 203

Dr. Briggs joined the faculty at Lipscomb University in 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University and earned his M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Briggs is a licensed marriage and family therapist, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow, assistant professor, and director of the Lipscomb Family Therapy Center. His areas of research and special clinical interest include marriage and health, research informed clinical practice, couple conflict, divorce, sexual and physical trauma, sex therapy, parenting issues, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Dr. Briggs practices an evidence based approach to therapy that includes cognitive-behavioral and emotionally focused interventions. In addition to his clinical work and research, Dr. Briggs is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. This designation signifies that he has attained the educational, experiential and supervisory training required for the competent supervision of marriage and family therapists and trainees.

Justin Briggs

 

 

Dave Morgan, Ed.D., LMFT
Assistant Professor, Psychology, Counseling & Family Science

Email: dave.morgan@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5209
Office: Ward 161

Dave Morgan joined the MFT 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. Dr. Morgan 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 M.MFT program. He has served as academic advisor, for which he has been recognized with an "Outstanding Academic Advising Award." Dr. Morgan’s clinical interests include relationship, dating, premarital, and marital issues. His research interests include the application of personality type theory to a variety of issues.

 

 

Adjunct Faculty

Jackie Halstead, Ph.D., LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Jackie L. Halstead earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University in 2000. She served on the faculty and as Chair of the Department of MFT at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, for twelve years. During her time in Texas, Dr. Halstead was on the state professional board, Texas Association for MFT, for ten years and served as President of the Board. She is an approved supervisor and clinical fellow of AAMFT. She is on the national board-- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Halstead is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Tennessee.

Areas of specialization include clergy and their families, faculty, staff, physicians, and mental health providers. Her primary theoretical underpinnings are Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Emotionally-focused Therapy, and Intergenerational theory. Her research interests include mindfulness/contemplative practices in therapy, spiritually focused therapy, and clergy wellness. She serves as adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Linda A. Hazel, Ph.D., LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Dr. Linda Hazel is an adjunct professor in the MFT masters program at Lipscomb University; her responsibilities include teaching Addictions in Families. Linda is a licensed marriage and family therapist, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Linda is a Certified Addiction Specialist and certified in EMDR-2. She is currently engaged in private practice in Brentwood, Tennessee. 

Julie Barnes, Ph.D., LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Dr. Barnes is an Adjunct faculty for the MFT master program at Lipscomb University.  Her teaching responsibilities include teaching Couple Therapy.  Her research interest is in suicidal adolescent behavior.  She maintains a private practice doing family therapy with adolescents.  She also teaches adult Sunday school classes at Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Kyle Horst, Ph.D., LMFT
AAMFT Member

Dr. Horst is an adjunct professor in MFT master program at Lipscomb University. He currently teaches the Family Life Cycle course online, and has taught a course on Assessment and Diagnosis in the past. His research interests include couple therapy for IPV, mindfulness-based interventions for MFT, medical family therapy, and disordered eating. 

Adjunct Supervisors

Tina Waymire Collier, LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator

Tina Waymire Collier is founder of the Therapeutic Wellness Center in Franklin, TN where she has a full time private practice working with clients 5 days a week and offering supervision to master level counselors working towards licensure. Her teaching responsibility, as an Adjunct at Lipscomb University, is to provide Supervision to master level students in the MMFT program. In addition to this, Tina works with attorneys within TN providing mediation services regarding Family Law. Believing volunteer work is essential, Tina provides pro bono services to those unable to afford therapy.

Jeremy Johnson, LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Jeremy Johnson is a faculty supervisor in the MFT masters program at Lipscomb University. His responsibilities include Supervised Clinical Practice. Mr. Johnson is the owner of The Connection Place, LLC, a private practice in Hendersonville, Tennessee where he provides therapy services for the surrounding communities. Mr. Johnson has completed extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and works largely from an attachment perspective. He has also been trained in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI), a model used for working with “children from hard places.”  Mr. Johnson serves on the Men’s Ministry Leadership Team and as a small group leader in the student ministry at Community Church of Hendersonville.

Ashley C. Dumas M.MFT, LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Ms. Dumas is an adjunct faculty member in the MFT master program at Lipscomb University. She teaches Supervised Clinical Practice.  Her clinical interests include eating and body image issues, premarital counseling, anxiety, depression, and spirituality issues.  Ms. Dumas is an independent contractor counselor with Agape, and she volunteers in the children and worship ministries at the Otter Creek Church of Christ. 

Staff

Urszula Collier
Admissions Coordinator
Graduate Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy

Email: urszula.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.

Sheryl Palmer
Office Manager, Lipscomb Family Therapy Center

Email: sheryl.palmer@lipscomb.edu
Phone: 615-966-5300

Sheryl, a Nashville native, joined Lipscomb Family Therapy Center in March 2016. Prior to Lipscomb, Sheryl worked at Nashville Oncology assisting cancer patients as a patient care coordinator for 15 years. She also worked with the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge as their evening office manager and volunteered as a driver with the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program. Along with over 20 years of patient care experience, she also brings knowledge of American Sign Language.