Faculty & Staff

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Lyndon P. Abrams

Associate Professor
COED 256

Area(s) of Interest and Research

Racial Identity Development, Diversity in Math Science Careers, Multicultural Education, and Social Desirability


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Anne Bracken

Office Manager

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John R. Culbreth

COED 252


Ph.D. – University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1996)
M.A. – Appalachian State University (1986)
B.S. – Appalachian State University (1986)

John R. (Jack) Culbreth is a professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Jack’s research and training interests are in the areas clinical supervision, ethical issues in counseling, and the development of new and experienced clinical supervisors.  Jack’s clinical experience includes work in treatment settings as a mental health counselor, chemical...

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Sejal Foxx

Sejal Parikh Foxx

Associate Professor, Director of School Counseling Program & Director of Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision
COED 257


Dr. Sejal Parikh Foxx is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling. She serves as the Director of the School Counseling Program and Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling. She is co-author of School Counseling in the 21st Century, 6th ed. In 2015, she received the Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the North Carolina School Counselors Association. She was appointed member of the NC School Counseling State Leadership Team and serves as Chair of the Higher Education Committee. Dr. Foxx is also a board member of CACREP.  She teaches both doctoral and...

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Susan R. Furr

COED 255


Dr. Susan Furr is a professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. Prior to her career in teaching, she worked as a school counselor and a psychologist at the university counseling center. Her specialized teaching interests include grief and loss counseling and crisis counseling. Research interests include college student development, problems of professional competency, grief related to substance...

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Henry L. Harris

Department Chair & Professor

Area(s) of Interest and Research

School Counseling, Multiracial Issues, Autism, Career Development, College Student-Athletes, and Military Veterans

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Pam S. Lassiter

Associate Professor & Addictions Program Director
COED 254


Dr. Lassiter also serves as Coordinator of the Substance Abuse Gradaute Certificate Program.

Area(s) of Interest and Research

Sexual Minority Parenting, Multicultural Supervision, Substance Abuse Counselor Training, Women’s Issues, and Historical Narratives in Counseling

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Clare Merlin-Knoblich

Assistant Professor, Director of Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling Program
COED 254


Dr. Clare Merlin-Knoblich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte, where she specializes in teaching and researching professional school counseling. Merlin researches school counseling and multicultural education in order to understand how to reduce prejudice and improve school climate for K-12 students of all backgrounds. She also...

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Kristie Opiola

Assistant Professor
COED 260


Kristie Opiola, Ph. D., LPC (Texas), RPT is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She began her professional career as a certified child life specialist working with acutely and terminally ill children in hospital settings for 13 years. She switched careers and is currently teaching play therapy courses at UNC Charlotte. Her areas of teaching interest include play therapy, filial therapy, skill development, expressive arts. Research interests include play therapy and filial therapy with children who have...

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Phyllis B. Post

Professor, Director of Play Therapy Certificate


Dr. Post also serves as the Director of the Multicultural Play Therapy Center.

Area(s) of Interest and Research

Play Therapy, Child-Parent & Teacher Relationship Therapy, School Counseling, Social Justice Advocacy in Play Therapy and School Counseling, and Counselor Education

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Edward A. Wierzalis

Clinical Associate Professor & Program Director M.A. Program
COED 237


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