Faculty and Staff


Dr. Tim Clinton

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Dr. Shaler (Regent University) is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Social Worker.  She is a former psychotherapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs where she specialized in the treatment of PTSD and  anger. Her clinical and research interests include military/veteran issues, crisis and trauma,  adoption and attachment, pre-marital/marital work, and the emotional well-being of women. Dr.  Shaler is an active member of a numerous professional organizations and was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, an international honors society for counselors. Additionally, Dr. Shaler speaks and writes about the intersection of faith, culture, and emotional well-being (www.drlaurelshaler.com).


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


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.




Andrew Trowbridge

Andrew Trowbridge
Faculty Support Coordinator


Andrew Trowbridge

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Faculty Support Coordinator 


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James Barnes
Faculty Support Coordinator


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Administrative Assistant


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Internship Gate Coordinator


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CPCE Coordinator