Faculty & Staff

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Lyndon P. Abrams

Director of Doctoral Program, Associate Professor
COED 256

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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 (1984)

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 Parikh Foxx

Department Chair
COED 257


Dr. Foxx is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling. She also serves as the Department Chair for the Counseling department and Director of the Urban School Counseling Collaborative. She is a former elementary and high school counselor. 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 teaches both doctoral and master's level courses and her special areas of interest are school counseling, multicultural 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


Area(s) of Interest and Research

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

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Pamela S. Lassiter

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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Taryne Mingo


Assistant Professor & Director of the School Counseling Program
COED 238

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John Nance

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Field Experience & Testing
COED 260

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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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Bryan Stare

Assistant Professor & Director of the Clinical Mental Health Program
COED 238

Bryan Stare, Ph. D., LPC (Texas), NCC is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Before teaching, he counseled adult and adolescent clients in community, residential, and inpatient settings in north Texas.  His research interests include counseling and advocacy in judicial settings, humanistic counseling, and addictions education.  He is an active member of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling.


Ph.D.- University of North Texas, December...

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Edward A. Wierzalis

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


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