PhD Counseling Psychology: Faculty Information

The Counseling Psychology program core faculty include full-time faculty from the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education and assigned faculty from the BYU Counseling and Career Center who hold a joint appointment with CPSE. Other licensed psychologists from campus and the community teach specialty classes as appropriate.

Full-time Core Faculty (CPSE Department)

Allen, G. E. Kawika, PhD, University of Missouri, 2011. Assistant professor. Multicultural psychology, counseling/psychotherapy process and outcome, religiosity/spirituality, psychological well-being/adjustment, specifically among Polynesians. (

Fischer, Lane, PhD, University of Minnesota, 1991. Associate professor. Adoption and foster care, school psychology, child and adolescent psychotherapy, ethics in counseling psychology. (

Heath, Melisa Allen, PhD, Texas A&M University, 1996. Professor. Bibliotherapy, school-based crisis management, children’s grief, suicide prevention  (

Jackson, Aaron P., PhD, University of Missouri, 1993. Associate professor and director of training. Career development of Native Americans, counseling philosophy and theory. (

Smith, Timothy B., PhD, Utah State University, 1997. Professor. Moral psychology, fidelity, faith and spirituality, social and health psychology, quality relationships. (

Young, Ellie L., PhD, University of South Florida, 2001. Associate professor. Gender issues in education, self-concept, middle school education. (

Joint Appointment  (CPSE Department and CCC) Core Clinical Faculty

Bingham, Jennie, Ph.D., 2011. Associate Clinical Professor. Individual and group psychotherapy, supervision and training, community intervention and outreach, issues of power and privilege, gender-based violence, trauma recovery and empowerment. (  

Caldarella, Paul, PhD, Utah State University, 1998. Professor. Research methods; positive behavior support; social-emotional learning; multi-tiered systems of support (

Griner, Derek, PhD, Brigham Young University, 2008. Assistant clinical professor. Individual and group psychotherapy, couples counseling, multicultural counseling, supervision, disability service. (

Hansen, Kristina, PhD, Brigham Young University, 2012.  Associate Clinical Professor.  Individual and group psychotherapy, training and supervision, theory and philosophy of counseling, issues of power and privilege.  (

Nielsen, Lars, PhD, University of Washington, 1984. Clinical Professor. Practice-oriented psychotherapy outome research, spirituality and psychotherapy outcomes, links between theories of psychotherapy and psychotherapy practice—specific interventions and general psychotherapeutic factors (

Worthen, Vaughn E., PhD, University of Kansas, 1993. Clinical professor and psychologist, CAPS. Career counseling, compassion focused therapy, counseling supervision. (

Affiliate Faculty (BYU faculty assigned elsewhere who teach and supervise in CPSE)

Scharman, Janet S., PhD, University of Utah, 1992. Associate clinical professor and university student life vice president. School counseling, individual and group counseling, qualitative research methods, student development. (