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. Associate professor. Conflict and violence, crisis management, parent training.  (

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

Richards, P. Scott, PhD, University of Minnesota, 1988. Professor. Religious and spiritual values in counseling and mental health, research methodology. (

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

Beecher, Mark E., PhD, Brigham Young University, 1998. Clinical professor. Individual and group psychotherapy; learning, intelligence, and psychological assessment; disability issues. (

Gleave, Robert L., PhD, Brigham Young University, 1981. Clinical professor and student evaluation coordinator. Post-modern thought, group work and research, practicum, counseling theory, philosophy of counseling. (

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

Knestel, Andrea, PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. Assistant clinical professor. Health psychology, spirituality/religion, trauma, emotionally focused couples therapy. (

Worthen, Vaughn E., PhD, University of Kansas, 1993. Clinical professor and psychologist, CCC. Career counseling, 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. (

Worthen, Vaughn E., PhD, University of Kansas, 1993. Clinical professor and psychologist, CCC. Career counseling, counseling supervision. (