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Graduate Programs and Plans

The department of Educational Psychology and Special Services offers two graduate degrees. The Master of Education is directed toward the professional who wishes to prepare for specialized professional practice as a School Counselor, Educational Diagnostician, or Special Educator. The Master of Science is directed towards the professional who wishes to prepare for practice as a Mental Health Counselor.

In addition to these degree programs, the Department offers coursework leading to School Counselor and Educational Diagnostician certification by the State Board for Educator Certification. Completion of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling prepares the student with the academic coursework necessary for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. 


Master of Education

Master of Science

Graduate Certificates

CHAIR: Dr. Rick Myer


Rick Myer
Contact Information:; 915-747-7680
Education: BA, Union University; Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph D, University of Memphis
Research Interests: trauma therapy, crisis intervention, assessment for crisis and trauma, crisis management in organizations

Associate Professors

Beverley Argus-Calvo
Contact Information:; 915-747-5266
Education: BA, Mercer University; Certification Course, Anglo Montessori School; MA, The George Washington University; Ph D, New Mexico State University
Research Interests: Parental involvement, extended learning, early college high school programs, bi-national education, children of military connected families, music and arts based programs for elementary children in undeserved communities, school mental health .

Helen Hammond
Contact Information:; 915-747-7642
Education: BS, University of Idaho; BS, University of Idaho; MA, University of Northern Colorado; Ph D, University of New Mexico

Lawrence Ingalls
Contact Information:; 915-747-7583
Education: BS, University of Idaho; BS, University of Idaho; MA, University of Northern Colorado; Ph D, University of New Mexico

Stephen Johnson
Contact Information:; 915-747-7584
Education: BA, Abilene Christian University; M.MFT, Abilene Christian University; Ph D, University of Nebraska

Sarah Peterson
Contact Information:; 915-747-7639
Education: BA, University of Iowa; MA, University of Wyoming; Ph D, Arizona State University
Research Interests: motivation and teachers' beliefs about motivation; school-based interventions to reduce violence; teachers' beliefs about violence

Robert Trussell
Contact Information:; 915-747-7520
Education: BS, Frostburg State University; MA, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, University of Missouri-Columbia
Research Interests: positive behavior support, functional behavior assessment, classroom universals, effective instructional practices for students with autism and emotional/behavioral disorders

Richard Williams
Contact Information:; 915-747-7481
Education: BA, University of West Florida; MA, University of South Carolina; MA, University of Iowa; Ph D, University of Minnesota

Assistant Professors

Carleton Brown
Contact Information:; 915-747-8687
Education: BA, University of Central Arkansas; M.Ed, University of Arkansas; M.Ed, University of Arkansas Little Rock; Ph D, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Research Interests: Two research foci: the first is examining the ever-changing role of the school counselor; the second research focus is examining counselors as leaders

Paul Carrola
Contact Information:; 915-747-7496
Education: BA, The University of San Antonio; MA, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Ph D, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Research Interests: My research interests focuses on correctional counseling, counseling veterans, counselor burnout and vicarious trauma.

Sang Min Shin
Contact Information:; 915-747-7643
Education: BA, Sookmyung Women's University; MS, Johns Hopkins University; Ph D, University of Florida
Research Interests: Child Counseling (including play therapy and nature-based counseling), Filial Therapy (including parenting stress and child-parent relationship), Counseling Interventions for Children/Families in high poverty schools, Multicultural Counseling and Supervision, Counselor Development and Supervision

Anjanette Todd
Contact Information:; 915-747-7640
Education: BS, University of Florida, Gainesville-Department of Tourism; Ed.S., University of Florida, Gainesville-School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education; M.Ed, University of Florida, Gainesville-School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education; Ph D, University of South Florida, Tampa-Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career and Higher Education
Research Interests: School counselor self-care, mindfulness, self-compassion

Visiting Assistant Professor

Marisa Macy
Contact Information:; 915-747-7640
Education: BA, University of Washington; Post Baccaulaureate, St. Martin's College; MS, University of Oregon; Ph D, University of Oregon
Research Interests: Assessment of children birth to age eight with delays, developmental screening, play, and personnel preparation