Mei Chang

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 322-DB
Phone: 
940-565-2338
Email: 
Mei.Chang@unt.edu

Dr. Chang's primary teaching areas are Educational Research Designs and Intermediate Statistics. Her research interests include predicting neuropsychological functioning in academic achievement through utilization of norm-referenced neuropsychological instruments and examining psychometric properties of norm-referenced instruments assessing neuropsychological functioning and/or cognitive processing.

Honors

Mentoring Grant
Junior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship
Joseph W. and Marcella S. Hollis Fund Award

Lisa L. Schulz

Clinical Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 120
Phone: 
940-565-2913
Email: 
lisa.schulz@unt.edu

I was born and raised in the Rogue Valley of Southwestern Oregon. There I gained a curiosity to learn about the world and the diverse people living in it. I was intrigued by the people who came to work in the pear and peach orchards, and decided I wanted to learn to communicate with them. My interest and ability to learn Spanish lead me to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. On my way to becoming a Spanish-language high school teacher, I earned a Master’s of Art degree in Social Science; (I love history!) My ability to create positive relationships with my students lead me to earn another Master’s degree in Counseling and I became a professional school counselor. Five years later I earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree and joined the ranks of higher education as a counselor educator.

I spent my first five years as a counselor educator working for Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. I enjoyed exploring life in an area quite diverse from where I grew up and was able to create teaching and research opportunities in Spain, Guatemala, and Cuba. I have always enjoyed a sense of adventure about different places, and have lived and worked in both Mexico and Costa Rica.  A practitioner at heart, I offered pro bono individual and group counseling services to the Spanish-speaking community of Southeast Georgia.  I enjoyed working specifically with adolescents supporting their bicultural identity development and women who identified as victims of intimate partner violence. An important aspect of my work has been the advocacy for socially just policies that extend to all communities living in the United States.

I left Georgia for a clinical position at the University of North Texas with the excitement to continue to learn and live, and explore the Texas way of being through its people. I hope to contribute to the excellence of the UNT counseling program and to the North Texas community.


Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor [LPC-S] (GA); Nationally Certified Counselor [NCC]; Certified School Counselor, K-12 (OR)

UNT Position: Clinical Associate Professor; Coordinator, Undergraduate Counseling Minor

Teaching Areas: Developmental processes; clinical skills and counseling internship

Research Interests:  Bicultural identity development of adolescent Latinos/as; culturally responsive practices in education and research; multi-lingual supervision.

Honors and awards: 2012, Honor College recognition; 2010 nominee, American School Counselor Educator of the Year; 2010 Counselor Educator of the Year, Georgia School Counselor Association.

Dee C. Ray

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Child and Family Resource Clinic
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 147
Phone: 
940-565-2063
Email: 
dee.ray@unt.edu

Texas is that state I call home. I’ve spent most of my life in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with brief stints in Nashville, TN & San Diego, CA. I was fortunate to gain my master’s degree in counseling at the very young age of 21 from Vanderbilt University. But it took many more years to actually figure out what counseling is really about. Although I originally specialized in adolescents in the school setting, I was introduced to play therapy as a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. My training and experience in play therapy has been the guiding force for my professional growth and focus. I believe that the Child-Centered approach to working with children is aligned with my humanistic beliefs that all people are working toward self-actualization. My research agenda focuses on the quantitative effectiveness of play therapy, with a specific interest in school settings. I am an active member of the Association for Play Therapy (www.a4pt.org) and focus my work on demonstrating efficacy and disseminating information on play therapy. As part of my role in the UNT Counseling Program, I am honored to direct the Child and Family Resource Clinic on campus. We serve close to two hundred clients per week from birth to death on a sliding scale fee. Our program’s commitment to our on-site clinics demonstrates that at UNT we practice what we preach! On a personal note, I have been married for 18 years to my college sweetheart. We are busy raising two boys, Elijah & Noah, who take up any free time that we might spend developing hobbies. I actively volunteer in both of our elementary and middle schools.


Credentials:

Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor

 

UNT Position:

Assistant Professor of Counseling; Director, Child and Family Resource Clinic

 

Teaching Areas:

Elementary School Counseling, Play Therapy, Child Assessment, Counselor Supervision

 

Research Interests:

School Counseling, Play Therapy, Counselor Supervision

 

Honors and Awards:

2010 UNT's Teacher Scholar Award

2010 Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision's Outstanding Counselor Educator Award

2010 UNT College of Education's Faculty Research Excellence Award

2010 Rho Kappa Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota's Outstanding Faculty Member Award

 

Published

An Exploratory Study of Child-Centered Play Therapy with Aggressive Children

Ray, D., Blanco, P., Sullivan, J., Holliman, R

International Journal of Play Therapy, 18, 162-175.

 

Published

Play therapy in elementary schools.

Landreth, G., Ray, D., & Bratton, S.

Psychology in the Schools, 46, 281-289.

Natalya Ann Lindo

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 116
Phone: 
940-565-2915
Email: 
natalya.lindo@unt.edu

Originally from the island of Jamaica, I came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in professional counseling at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. While there, I was introduced to play therapy and decided to enter the doctoral program. Although my graduate studies at GSU allowed for a variety of clinical experiences with diverse clients, my passion firmly lies with play therapy. I am privileged to be a part of the UNT counseling program which is world-renowned for its play therapy program.


I have specialized training and experience in working with children and families, in particular diverse and at-risk populations. My primary research areas are play therapy, filial therapy, and counselor supervision. My dissertation work involved examining the acceptability, integrity and perceived effectiveness of kinder training for a group of early elementary school teachers. Kinder training is a play-based approach to strengthening teacher-child relationships and improving the social, emotional and academic adjustment of students. The kinder training project was a part of a larger intervention which also involved filial therapy with parents of at-risk students. 

 

In addition to conducting research, I have 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents and a strong interest in serving children in the public school system. Consistent with this agenda, I am now involved in several school-based research projects with parents and teachers.  

 

UNT Position: 

Associate Professor   

 

Teaching Areas:

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Master's Practicum, Child and Adolescent Appraisal, and Advanced Counseling Skills 

 

Research Interests:

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Counselor Supervision

 

Published

Child parent relationship training: Parents’ perceptions of process and content

Edwards, N.A., Sullivan, J., Meany-Walen, K.,& Kantor, K.R.

International Journal of Play Therapy

 

Published

Play Therapy Effects on Child Relationship Stress. In J. Baggerly, Ray, D., & Bratton, S (Eds.), Effective Play Therapy: Evidence-Based Filial and Child Centered Research Studies and Guidelines

Ray, D., & Edwards, N.A.

Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

 

Published

Teachers’ perceptions of kinder training: Acceptability, integrity and effectiveness.

*Edwards, N.A., Varjas, K., White, J., & Stokes, S.

International Journal of Play Therapy

 

Published

Popular Culture in Counseling, psychotherapy, and Play-based Interventions

Edwards, N.A.

American Journal of Play

 

Published

Child centered play therapy: Research theory and practice

Bratton, S.C., Ray, D.C., Edwards, N.A., & Landreth, G.

Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies

Leslie De Jones

Clinical Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Counseling and Human Development Center
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 150
Phone: 
940-369-7967
Email: 
LeslieDe.Jones@unt.edu

I was born and raised in a small town in North Texas. After being the fourth generation of my family to graduate from the high school in our hometown, I enrolled as a student at Texas A&M University. From the moment I began working towards my degree in psychology, I knew I wanted to attend graduate school and become a counselor specializing in adolescents. While pursuing my master’s degree at the University of North Texas, I took my first course in play therapy. It was then that I found my true passion for counseling children and families. After working in a community agency that served children ages 7-17, I returned to the UNT doctoral program to broaden my skills and knowledge as a counselor and play therapist. During my doctoral program I discovered my love of teaching and the use of expressive arts in counseling. Becoming a counselor educator has allowed me to blend my passion for working with children and love of teaching together.


After completing my PhD, I taught at the University of Central Florida for 4 years. I was excited to join the UNT faculty in 2009. I teach master’s level clinical courses and serve as the advisor for the undergraduate counseling minor program. I also serve as Director of the program’s Counseling and Human Development Center. As Center Director, I coordinate the academic, logistical, ethical, and legal matters involved in the operation of an on-campus community mental health clinic. 

 

Credentials: 

 

Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist 

 

UNT Position: 

Lecturer; Director, Counseling and Human Development Center 

 

Teaching Areas: 

Play Therapy, Child Assessment, Basic Counseling Skills, Practicum 

 

Research Interests: 

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy

P. Daniel Chen

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Program Coordinator, Higher Education
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 214-H
Phone: 
940-369-8062
Email: 
Daniel.Chen@unt.edu

As a higher education scholar and educator, I believe that empirical research is the foundation of sound practice. I also believe while applying theories is important, educators must pay attention to individual differences. I apply these two principles both in my research and teaching.


Prior to became a faculty member at the UNT, I had worked in various industrial and educational setting. I have served in the Chinese Army and I have been holding positions as biomedical engineer, webmaster, violence prevention and intervention counselor, policy analyst, and research scientist both in the U.S. and Taiwan. For three years from 2005 to 2008 I worked for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at the Indiana University Bloomington, where I conducted higher education research and psychometric studies using NSSE data. Prior to that I did policy analysis as the Assistant to the Policy and Training Director at the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance.

 

My goal as a higher education educator is to teach and inspire students to maximize their potential and to contribute their knowledge and experiences in their field of practice. In my own career I have had the good fortunate to be mentored by some of the best higher education scholars of this generation. I would like to pass down what I have learned from them and to mentor future higher education leaders.

 

My research interests focus around the issue of student success and student development. Topics of interest include college student’s moral and spiritual development, civic engagement, ethical issues in higher education, the influence of technology on student learning and development, assessing student learning outcomes, effective teaching and learning strategy in the online learning environment, and diversity and equity issues in higher education.

 

 

UNT Position:

Associate Professor of Higher Education 

 

Teaching Areas:

Research on Higher Education, Institutional Effectiveness, Quantitative Research Methods, Student Demographics, Research on Student

 

Research Interests:

College student’s moral and spiritual development, civic engagement, ethics, technology and student learning and development, assessment, online learning, and diversity and equity issues in higher education

 

Published

Finding quality responses: The problem of low-quality survey responses and its impact on accountability measures

Chen, P. D.

Research in Higher Education, 52(7)

 

Published

Engaging online learners: The impact of web-based learning technology on college student engagement

Chen, P. D., Lambert, A. D., & Guidry, K. R.

Computers & Education, 54, 1222-1232

 

Published

Analyzing and interpreting NSSE data

Chen, P. D., Gonyea, R. M., Sarraf, S. A., BrckaLorenz, A., Korkmaz, A., Lambert, A. D., Shoup, R., & Williams, J. M.

New Directions for Institutional Research, 141, 35-54

 

Published

Comparing the utility of the 2000 and 2005 Carnegie classification systems in research on students’ college experiences and outcomes

McCormick, A. C., Pike, G. R., Kuh, G. D., & Chen, P. D.

Research in Higher Education, 50(2), 119-214

 

Published

Learning at a distance: Engaged or not?

Chen, P. D., Kuh, G. D., & Gonyea, R. M.

Innovate Journal of Online Education

Cynthia Kay Chandler

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 126
Phone: 
940-565-2914
Email: 
Cynthia.Chandler@unt.edu

Cynthia Kay Chandler was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She went to elementary and middle school in El Paso and graduated from high school in Muleshoe in 1974. She received her doctoral degree in educational psychology in 1986 from Texas Tech University. She is a professor of the counseling program at UNT where she has served on the faculty since August 1989. She has several publications and has presented at professional venues across the U.S., and in Canada, Austria, Greece, and South Korea. She co-leads the annual statewide training Institute in Counselor Supervision and organizes and leads training and certification workshops each year in Animal Assisted Therapy. She can often be seen with one of her certified therapy dogs, Rusty or Dolly.


Credentials

Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Supervisor, Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Instructor, Certified, EEG Biofeedback – Approved Supervisor, Certified, General Biofeedback – Approved Supervisor, Licensed Pet Partners Therapy Team Evaluator, Licensed Pet Partners Therapy Team Instructor, National Registered Animal Assisted Therapist 

UNT Position

Professor of Counseling; Director, Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy; Director, Biofeedback Lab 

Teaching Areas

Animal Assisted Therapy, Biofeedback Therapy, Women’s Emotional Health, Counseling Supervision, Adult Assessment & Appraisal, Counseling Practicum, Counseling Research, Basic Techniques in Counseling. 

Research Interests

Animal Assisted Therapy, Biofeedback Therapy, Women’s Emotional Health, Counseling Supervision. 

Honors and Awards

2009 Association for Creativity in Counseling's Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award 

Published

Contemporary women's health: Issues for today and the future, 3rd edition
Kolander, C., Ballard, D., & Chandler, C.
St. Louis: McGraw-Hill

 

A comparison study of the efficacy of group equine assisted counseling with at-risk children and adolescents
Trotter, K. S., Chandler, C. K., Bond, D., & Casey, J.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 3(3), 254-284

 

Animal assisted therapy with hurricane Katrina survivors
Chandler, C. K.
Vistas Online 2008. http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas08/Chandler.htm

 

Animal assisted therapy in counseling, Korean translation ed.
Chandler, C.
Seoul, Korea: Hakjisa

 

Pawsitive pets: Working with your pet as co-therapists
Chandler, C. K.
Vistas 2006, American Counseling Association

V. Barbara Bush

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Master's Program Coordinator
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 214-F
Phone: 
940-565-4288
Email: 
barbara.bush@unt.edu

My career in higher education began when I was hired as a resident director at Illinois State University after completing my master’s degree in student personnel administration. Through the years, my career progressed from that position to director of student activities, to assistant dean of students, to dean of students and senior student affairs officer. Outside of student affairs, I gained experience as a senior associate for a major non-profit organization with a focus on K-12 student success.


Since arriving at UNT, I have taught graduate level classes, supervised internships and chaired dissertations. Also, I have served as coordinator of the master’s program in higher education. Currently, I serve as principal investigator for a Communities Foundation of Texas grant for the establishment of three early college high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of those schools are in their second year of operation. 

My involvement in professional organizations has provided connections critical to my research. I have been a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the premier professional organization for academic leaders in my field, for more than ten years. At this time, I serve as co-chair of one of the programs associated with an ASHE subcommittee—The Council for Ethnic Participation (CEP). 

Another professional organization in which I am active is the American Educational Research Association (AERA). I served as co-section chair of the Division J program committee that selected division papers, symposia, roundtables and poster sessions for the 2006 annual meeting. Other organizations with which I am affiliated are the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA), and the Texas Association of Black Professionals in Higher Education (TABPHE). 

From the beginning of my career at UNT, I have worked with the North Texas P-16 Council. This work is highlighted because it relates directly to my interest in P-16 collaborations. Work with the Council has included co-chairing the Council, chairing subcommittees and co-authoring the annual Gap Analysis Report for Dallas and Fort Worth regions. 

My primary research focus remains African Americans in higher education. However, I have expanded this interest to include issues of college-going for underrepresented students, student retention issues and mentoring. On the topic of African Americans in higher education leadership, I co-edited a book, Intersections: Race, Gender, Organizational Culture and Leadership in Higher Education. Other publications have included a review of Nannerl Keohane’s Leadership in the Modern University, published in The Review of Higher Education and an article on college readiness co-authored with Stephen Katsinas and published in The Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Publications in process include articles on P-16 collaboration, student development issues, and African American administrators in higher education, as well as a book on African American women students. 

Teaching Areas

Foundations of Student Development Administration, Student Development Program Administration, Organization & Administration of Student Development Services, Assessment in Student Development, Studies in Higher Education 

Research Interests

Leadership and Administration, African American Experiences in Higher Education, Student Development Issues, P-16 Collaboration, Student Access and Retention. 

Published

Tidal Wave II, community colleges, and student financial aid.

Hardy, D., Katsinas, S. G. & Bush, V. B.

Enrollment Managemen Journal, 1 (1), 23-48

 

Rural community colleges and on-campus housing

Moeck, P.G., Katsinas, S. G., Hardy, D. E., & Bush, V. B.

Community College Review, 35 (3), 237-249

 

Review of the book Higher ground: Ethics and leadership in the modern university

Bush, V.B.

The Review of Higher Education, 30 (4), 474-475

 

Assessing what matters: Improving college readiness 50 years beyond Brown.

Katsinas, S.G. & Bush, V.B.

Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 30 (10), 771-786

 

A look behind the veil [Review of the book Grass roots and glass ceilings

Bush, V.B.

Sue C. Bratton

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Center for Play Therapy
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 147
Phone: 
940-565-3864
Email: 
sue.bratton@unt.edu

Dr. Bratton is a professor in Counseling and Director of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas and the former clinical director in the Counseling Program at UNT. She has served on the Association for Play Therapy board of Directors for 4 years and is currently serving on the Executive Board as Immediate Past President. Dr. Bratton is a respected lecturer, author, researcher, and clinician with extensive experience in individual and group play therapy, activity therapy, and filial/family play therapy.

 

"She is known nationally and internationally for her training workshops and presentations and has presented extensively throughout the United States and in South Africa. Dr. Bratton has also served as a consultant to school districts throughout the United States and guest lectured at several universities. She is active in the professional community, both at the state, national and international committee level and has published on a variety of topics related to play therapy, filial/family play therapy, activity therapy, expressive arts, play therapy supervision, and play therapy research. She is probably best known for her recent publications based on her meta-analysis of play therapy outcome research. 

 

Credentials:

Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Certified School Counselor, Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor 

 

UNT Position: 

Professor of Counseling; Director, UNT Center for Play Therapy 

 

Teaching Areas: 

School Counseling, Play Therapy, Supervised Practice 

 

Research Interests: 

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, ADHD in Children, Supervised Practice Involving Families in Children's Counseling 

 

Honors and Awards:

2010-2011 Chi Sigma Iota's Supervisor-Practitioner Award 

2010 UNT-International's Citation for Distinguished Service to International Education (co-recipient with Dr. Garry Landreth) 

2010 Texas Association of Parent Educators' Best Practice in Parent/Family Life Education Award 

2009 University of North Texas College of Education’s Faculty Research Excellence Award 

 

Accepted/In-press

The world of play therapy literature (5th ed.)

Bratton, S., et al.

UNT Center for Play Therapy Press

 

Published

A strengths-based parenting intervention with low income African American families

Sheely, A., & Bratoon, S.

Professional School counseling

 

Submitted

Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) with parents of sexually abused children

Bratton, S., Landreth, G., & Costas, M.

John Wiley

 

Published

Child-centered play therapy research: The evidence-base for effective practice

Baggerly, J., Ray, D., & Bratton, S.

John Wiley

 

Published

The professional counselor: Portfolio, competencies, performance guidelines and assessment

Engels, D., Barrio-Minton, C., Ray, D., & Bratton, S.

American Counseling Association"

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