Faculty and Staff Directory

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Seth Olson, PhD, LPC-MH (SD), LPC (SD), NCC

Department Chair and Professor

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    Dr. Olson has been a counselor educator for over 15 years. He also has been a licensed counselor for over 10 years. Dr. Olson is passionate about clinical practice, particularly in the areas of couples counseling, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Olson focuses his research in areas related to mental health practice such as state licensure reciprocity, issues of professional competence, and impact of anxiety on marital satisfaction.

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Tim Brown, PhD, LPC, CSC, NCC

Assistant Professor

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    Dr. Brown loves the counseling profession. He is a certified school counselor, licensed professional counselor, and a national board certified counselor. His research interests include school counseling ethics, spirituality in school counseling, and school counseling interventions. His experience includes working in a high-needs, low-socioeconomic school with a diverse student population in an urban environment as well as working with students and families in suburban and rural communities. As a licensed professional counselor, Dr. Brown has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and couples addressing a range of concerns from suicidal ideation to panic attacks.

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Evelyne Fitzgerald, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-Supervisor

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Yvonne Garza-Chaves, PhD, MSW, LPC-S, CHST, Registered Play Therapist


  • Learn More About Dr. Garza-Chaves

    Dr. Garza is a Registered Play Therapist and Certified Humanistic Sandtray Therapist. Her departmental service post includes Doctoral Program Director. Her clinical experience has involved treatment of children and families in the areas of outpatient and inpatient mental health, as well as treatment of juvenile offenders, young children in Headstart programs and children recovering from cancer. Dr. Garza-Chaves has an active service record in the play therapy community; she has served on the board of the local, and state, play therapy associations, and is on several committees for the national play therapy association.

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Dee-Anna Green, Ph.D., LPC, CSC

Assistant Professor

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    Dr. Green is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified School Counselor who received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University. She currently serves as the School Counseling program coordinator for the department. She is dedicated to training exceptional future counselors and counselor educators to be ethical practitioners who are prepared for success in the counseling profession. Prior to becoming a counselor educator she spent 9 years as a school counselor at both the elementary and secondary levels in Title 1 schools. Her research areas include school counseling, career counseling, first-generation college students, ethics, and strategies for serving at-risk populations.

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Richard C. Henriksen Jr., PhD, LPCS, NCC


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    Dr. Henriksen is dedicated to the preparation of ethical and outstanding counselors and counselor educators. He has worked as a professional clinical counselor in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings focused on clients with acute mental health and substance abuse issues. He enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Henriksen’s research areas focus on multicultural issues, religion/spirituality, counselor supervision, counselor education and the identity development of multiple heritage individuals, couples and families. He also incorporates the use of existential philosophy in his research to understand how individuals make meaning and purpose in their lives.

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Susan Henderson, PhD, LPC, LMFT Associate, NCC

Assistant Professor

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    Dr. Henderson has worked in a variety of clinical settings to help individuals, couples, and families. Her research interests involve helping others fulfill their potential, whether that be clients or students. Dr. Henderson’s research is focused on family related topics such as improving family functioning and the interaction of mental health issues (e.g., suicide, substance use) and family relationships (e.g., attachment). She is also interested in helping improve the effectiveness of future counselors as this relates to supervision and training. Finally, she is interested in giving a voice to those who are marginalized (i.e., groups excluded due to race, religion, gender, age, or cultural).

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David Lawson, PhD, LPC-S


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    David Lawson has worked in the field of interpersonal and combat-related trauma for over 35 years as a counselor educator, supervisor, independent practitioner, researcher, and consultant to women's shelters, rape crisis centers, and child advocacy centers. My current clinical and research focus is interpersonal trauma, intimacy violence, complex trauma and complex dissociative disorders. I am currently involved in a study with women who have been exposed to trauma and especially complex trauma and dissociation as children and adolescents. I teach courses in trauma, research methods, and practicum. Finally, I am the director for our Center for Research and Clinical Training in Trauma.

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Chi-Sing Li, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-Approved Supervisor

Associate Professor

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Lauren McLean, PhD, LPC-S

Clinical Assistant Professor

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    Dr. McLean has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Texas since 2015. Since 2005 she has worked in the mental health field in community mental health and non-profit settings with some work with school districts. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various capacities including individual and group counseling, case management, and completing diagnostic assessments. In addition, Dr. McLean has been teaching and supervising students since 2015. Her primary areas of interest and specialization include gender and sexual orientation diversity, women's issues, trauma, and working with clients experiencing economic hardship.

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Sinem Akay-Sullivan Ph.D., LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist

Assistant Professor

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    Dr. Akay-Sullivan has worked in several clinical settings with a variety of age groups including young children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in helping individuals to recover from maladaptive perfectionism, anxiety, and trauma. As a Registered Play Therapist, Dr. Akay-Sullivan also enjoys helping caregivers to gain better parenting skills and improve their relationships with their children. Dr. Akay-Sullivan’s research areas include effectiveness of trauma-focused interventions such as Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), effectiveness of play therapy, treatment of maladaptive perfectionism, and the use of psychophysiological tools in counseling.

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Jeffrey M. Sullivan PhD, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist

Associate Professor

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    Greetings! I’m Dr. Jeffrey Sullivan and have been a faculty member at SHSU since 2011. I earned my LPC in 2011 and am currently an LPC-Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist. I follow a social constructivist approach to counseling, focusing on solution-focused and narrative strategies, while also implementing responsive matching, adjusting my approach to best meet client needs. My teaching and supervision style is student-centered, focused on helping students build upon their strengths to meet their professional goals. My research interests are driven by my personal, professional, and clinical curiosity, and include understanding issues of play therapy and counseling through a post-modern lens using both quantitative and qualitative research designs.

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Dee Dee Dirk

Assistant to the Chair

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Petra Cater

Secretary for the Jack Staggs Counseling Clinic