Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies

Leadership

Dr. Tim Clinton

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies

timclinton@aol.com

Dr. Clinton serves as the President of American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the President of Light Counseling Inc. He is a prolific writer bringing a significant contribution with his books to the field of Christian Counseling. - Biography


Dr. Kevin CorsiniKevin D. Corsini, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Academic Operations

viceprovost@liberty.edu

Dr. Corsini has experience as an executive in business, and as an ordained pastor. His research interests involve Attachment Theory and its influence on Emotional Regulation and Religious Coping.

 


Licensed Counseling

Mark Myers, Ph.D.Dr. Mark Myers
Associate Dean, Licensed Counseling

mjmyers@liberty.edu

Dr. Myers is a native of Colorado and a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has served as a Pastor in many different capacities over the years and holds a Masters in Religious Education as well as a PhD in Professional Counseling and has received additional training from the medical schools of The University of Virginia and Harvard. His clinical experience includes local court appointed work with adolescents and individual and family counseling at the acute in-patient psychiatric care facility of Virginia Baptist Hospital. Dr. Myers has served as a Dept. Chair with the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies graduate programs (both online and residential). His research interests include Emotion Regulation, Religious Coping and Mindfulness.


Elias Moitinho, Ph.D.Dr. Elias Moitinho
Residential Chair

emoitinho2@liberty.edu

Dr. Moitinho has many years of ministry and teaching experience having served in various roles such as pastor, counselor, seminary professor, and director of a Christian counseling center. He is interested in cross-cultural counseling focusing specifically on the Hispanic/Latino population, the use of Scriptures in counseling, marriage counseling, and family ministry.


Steve Johnson, Ph.D., Th.M.
Lead Online Chair, Marriage and Family Online Chair

sgjohnson2@liberty.edu

Steve is Associate Professor and department chair for the online program.  He began working with Liberty online in 2006 as an adjunct faculty and three years as an IM.  For 17 years he was the Director of Behavioral Science at Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency program in Harlingen, TX, a Christ-centered training program for family physicians.  Prior to his position in Harlingen, he served 5 years as the Director of Counseling services and Assistant professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary.   His areas of interest include Medical Family Therapy, Marital therapy and online education.


Patti Hinkley, Ed.D.Dr. Patti Hinkley
Online Chair, Professional Counseling Program

phinkley@liberty.edu

Dr. Hinkley has been with Liberty University for over 27 years and has been involved in administration, counselor education, and mental health counseling.   Her teaching and research interests include women’s issues, counselor skills training, addictions, life coaching, and integration of spirituality and mental health counseling.


Kevin Van WynsbergKevin Van Wynsberg
Online Chair

kpvanwynsberg@liberty.edu

Kevin Van Wynsberg has worked for the Liberty University in a variety of capacities since 2007. He has clinical experiencing working as an in-home counselor and has served as a counselor in a Christian outpatient agency.

 


Dr. Mary DeaconMary Deacon, Ph.D.
Director, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Marriage and Family Counseling Program

mmdeacon@liberty.edu

Dr. Deacon has specialized in counseling research and career counseling. Dr. Deacon was also part of a research team focusing on middle and high school career development and presented research findings at national conferences. Her teaching and research interests include the areas of girls' and women's career development, gender equity, and multicultural competency.
 


Dr. David JenkinsDavid Jenkins, Psy.D.
Director of Master's in Addictions Counseling program

djenkins@liberty.edu

Dr. Jenkins has over 20 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings both public and private, mainly in outpatient settings. He has worked primarily with adults and adolescents in individual, marital and family therapy. His research and teaching interests include professional ethics, addiction, integration of Christian faith and clinical practice, as well as marital/identity/gender issues related to the image of God. - Biography


Dr. Melvin PrideMelvin Pride, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Training

mpride2@liberty.edu

Dr. Pride has over a decade of experience as a licensed counselor in a private clinical practice. A former business executive, he is also a licensed and ordained minister, with specialized training in church conflict resolution. His areas of emphasis in counseling include individuals, marriage and family, and working with pastors. His interests include spirituality, interpersonal relationships, multiculturalism, and family system dynamics.


Dr. Gary SibcyGary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Director of PhD Program in Counseling
Director of Research & Evaluation Center

gsibcy@liberty.edu

Dr. Sibcy has been in private clinical practice for the past decade. His research interests include development a new treatment protocol for treating disruptive behaviors in children, attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology, personality disorders and family development. - Biography


Dr. Lisa SosinLisa Sosin, Ph.D.
Director of the Ph.D. Program

lssosin@liberty.edu

Lisa S. Sosin, Ph.D., L.P.C., L.L.P. is the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision and Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. Dr. Sosin has over 28 years of clinical and teaching experience and is licensed as both a professional counselor and psychologist. Dr. Sosin’s clinical practice includes the assessment and treatment of children, adults, couples, and families; as well as teaching, supervising, public speaking, and consultation to clinicians in training, physicians, educators, organizations, and clergy. Dr. Sosin has developed graduate curriculum and community programs covering diverse subjects including qualitative research, family development and functioning, evidence based practice, and clinical excellence and has published in the areas of psychotherapeutic process, emotional development, burnout, and ethics. Dr. Sosin’s primary research interests include the integration of spirituality and empirically supported interventions, qualitative research related to counseling practice, and emotion regulation. Dr. Sosin has been happily married to her best friend, David, for 28 years and has two wonderful sons, Tim (22) and Josh (16).


Full-time Faculty

Please see the Ph.D. handbook for the most up-to-date list of faculty research interests and biographies.

Dr. Jeanne BrooksJeanne Brooks, Ph.D.

jdbrooks6@liberty.edu

Dr. Brooks has been in practice for over 20 years and her specialty areas are working with troubled adolescents, alcohol and drug addiction, as well as helping children and families adjust to divorce. She has also worked closely with the Courts in her area and surrounding counties providing psychological assessments, referral, and treatment services for children and parents adjusting to divorce.


 

Denise Daniel, Ph.D.Dr. Denise Daniel

ddaniel@liberty.edu

Dr. Daniel is involved in instruction, student advisement and research of study efficacy in both online and traditional classroom. Additionally, her research interests include online support groups, online therapy, women's issues and development.


 



Dr. Fernando GarzonFernando Garzon, Psy.D.

fgarzon@liberty.edu

Dr. Garzon's vast experience include practicing as a clinical psychologist, directing the provider services department of a managed care insurance company, being an associate pastor for a Latino church, and doing pastoral care ministry. His research interests focus on investigating Christian interventions in counseling and evaluating counselor education practices in spirituality.


 

Dr. Victor HinsonVictor Hinson, Ed.D.

vdhinson@liberty.edu

Dr. Hinson has over 16 years experience as a senior pastor of churches, mentoring individuals, teaching groups and facilitating small group therapy in churches and the community. His research interests include clinical mental health counseling, group counseling, marriage and family therapy, and adult children of alcoholics.  - Biography


 

Dr. Anita KnightAnita Knight, Ph.D.

aknight7@liberty.edu

Dr. Knight had a variety of experience in both clinical and educational settings. She has worked on the research team for the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (ISSI) and presented on the topic of the etiology of male homosexuality. Additionally she has developed an effective curriculum for overcoming Math anxiety. Her research interests include emotional intelligence, effective counseling skills training and evidence based interventions in pre-marital and family therapy.


 

Joy Mwendwa

jmmaweu@liberty.edu

Dr. Mwendwa served as a college and community counselor for seven years.  She has participated in different international counseling institutes and service opportunities in Ireland, Malawi, and Kenya.  Her research interests include qualitative and indigenous research methodology, the profession of counseling, multicultural competence, and the supervisory relationship.


 

Dr. Laurel ShalerLaurel Shaler, Ph.D.

lshaler@liberty.edu

Laurel Shaler (Regent University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies. She is a Licensed Social Worker, and a former psychotherapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her professional interests include anger management, military/veteran issues, PTSD, crisis management, emotional well-being of women, expressive therapy, marital enhancement, and suicidology. Dr. Shaler is an active member of a number of professional organizations including the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the Association of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Lambda chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honors society for counselors. Additionally, Dr. Shaler speaks and writes about the intersection of faith and emotional well-being (www.drlaurelshaler.com).


 

Dr. John C. ThomasJohn C. Thomas, Ph.D.

jcthomas2@liberty.edu

Dr. Thomas's professional include  Employee Assistance Consultant (EAC) with DuPont for 12 years as well as private practice, clinical director of the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Columbia, South Carolina. He has authored many publications as well as two curriculum series with Hatherleigh Press.

 


 

Staff

Andrew Trowbridge

Andrew Trowbridge
Faculty Support Coordinator

adtrowbridge@liberty.edu

Andrew Trowbridge

Abby Retzlaff
Faculty Support Coordinator 
(Practicum/Internship)

aretzlaff@liberty.edu

Kelli Yuzon

Kelli Yuzon
Faculty Support Coordinator 
(Practicum/Internship)

kbyuzon@liberty.edu

 

Kristen Edmondson
Practicum Gate Coordinator

knturbyfill@liberty.edu

 

Lauren Laughlin
Faculty Support Coordinator

llaughlin@liberty.edu

James Barnes

James Barnes
Faculty Support Coordinator

jtbarnes@liberty.edu

Bonnie Gould     
Administrative Assistant

bcsmith@liberty.edu

Bethany Kennon
Faculty Support Coordinator

brwakeley@liberty.edu

Katie Thomas
CPCE Coordinator

cothomas@liberty.edu