Ph.D. Program Leadership

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

Director of Ph. D. Program
Director of Research and & Evaluation Center

Dr. Gary Sibcy is currently the Director of the PhD program in Professional Counseling and Pastoral Counseling and Care at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies. He is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been in private clinical practice for the past decade. He currently practices at Piedmont Psychiatric Center, a private practice owned by Centra Health and Virginia Baptist Hospital.  Other research projects include an outcome study on the effectiveness of DBT group therapy for patients with severe Borderline Personality Disorder and the development of clinician-friendly measures for attachment problems in children and families.

Lisa Sosin, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Ph. D. Program

Lisa S. Sosin, Ph.D., L.P.C., L.L.P. is the Associate Director of PhD Programs in Counseling and Associate Professor at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies, Liberty University. Dr. Sosin has over 27 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, burn-out, 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.

David Jenkins, Psy.D.

Coordinator of Ph.D. Clinical Training

Dr. David Jenkins is the Coordinator for Ph.D. Clinical Training at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies and an Associate Professor of Counseling. As a licensed psychologist, 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. Dr. Jenkins’ teaching and research interests include professional ethics, addiction, integration of Christian faith and clinical practice, and marital/identity/gender issues related to the image of God.