Mary Estes

Principal Lecturer, Educational Psychology
Profile Picture
Contact Info
Office: 
Matthews Hall 304-F
Phone: 
940-565-2579
Email: 
Mary.Estes@unt.edu

Dr. Estes received her bachelor's degree from UNT in elementary education with minors in English and music, her master's degree from Texas Christian University in Special Education with licensure as an Educational Diagnostician, and her doctoral degree from UNT in Special Education with emphasis in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. She taught in the Arlington, Texas public schools for 15 years in Special Education.


TEACHING AREAS:

 Special Education—introduction, learning strategies, behavioral management and assistive technology



RESEARCH INTERESTS:

 Special Education in charter schools; issues in assessment

Bertina Hildreth Combes

Professor, Educational Psychology, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research
Profile Picture
Contact Info
Office: 
Matthews Hall 214-H
Phone: 
940-565-4325
Email: 
Bertina.Combes@unt.edu

TEACHING AREAS:

Learning Disabilities

    Mental Retardation

    Teacher Development 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

    Transition Issues Related to High School Students with Learning Disabilities Entering Post-secondary Settings

    Mentoring

    Teacher Development

    Use of Juvenile Literature in Teaching About Disabilities 

 

Published

PAVES: A presentation strategy for beginning presenters in Inclusive Settings

Combes, B. H, Walker, M., Harrell, P. E., & Tyler-Wood, T.

Teaching Exceptional Children, 41(1), 42-47

 

Published

Multicultural special education transition programming. In F. E. Obiakor (Ed.). Multicultural Special Education (pp. 206-223)

Combes, B. H. & Durodoye, B.

Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice Hall.

 

Published

Counselor intervention in the post-secondary planning of African American students with learning disabilities

Durodoye, B. A., Combes, B. H. & Bryant, R. M.

Professional School Counseling, 7(3), 133-140.

 

Published

Mentoring BUGS: An integrated science and technology Curriculum

Harrell, P.E., Walker, M., Hildreth, B., & Tyler-Wood, T.

Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching 23(4), 367-378.

 

Published

Increasing Diversity in a college of education: A mentoring program to attract underrepresented populations

Glover, R. J. Combes, B., Walker, M., Allen, D. D & Cowan, C.

Journal of Metropolitan Universities, 14 (1), 107-117

Judi Rockey Bradetich

Lecturer, Educational Psychology
Profile Picture
Contact Info
Office: 
Matthews Hall 322-E
Phone: 
940-565-3962
Email: 
judi.bradetich@unt.edu

Miriam Chacon Boesch

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Profile Picture
Contact Info
Office: 
Matthews Hall 322-A
Phone: 
940-565-2293
Email: 
miriam.boesch@unt.edu

Qi Chen

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Profile Picture
Contact Info
Office: 
Matthews Hall 304-B
Phone: 
940-565-3398
Email: 
qi.chen@unt.edu

Dr. Chen engages in doing research and teaching in the area of quantitative methods. Her primary quantitative research interests include Growth Mixture Modeling (GMM), Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), and the application of these methods in longitudinal data analyses and mediation analysis. She is also interested in the application of these methods in educational and family-based data. Her interested substantive areas include children’s psychosocial functioning and self-regulation, school-based prevention, teacher-student relationship and peer relations, and the intersection of family and cultural contexts in shaping Asian American adolescent development.

Mei Chang

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Profile Picture
Contact Info
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

Dee C. Ray

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, Center for Play Therapy
Profile Picture
Contact Info
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 Center for Play Therapy on campus. 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, Center for Play Therapy

 

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
Profile Picture
Contact Info
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, Child and Family Resource Clinic
Profile Picture
Contact Info
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
Profile Picture
Contact Info
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

Pages