Dr. Veronica Jones earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University in 2014. Before starting her career in higher education, she taught in various Texas K-12 school districts for more than 10 years as an English as a Second Language teacher. In 2014, Jones served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and was a research team member for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. While in that role, the William T. Grant Foundation funded her project entitled “How Black Youth Utilize Engagement and Activism to Challenge Social Inequalities on PWI Campuses.” She currently is faculty affiliate for Project M.A.L.E.S. — Mentoring to Achieve Latino Success — a research collaborative group dedicated to research on male students of color.
In the UNT higher education program, Jones teaches core courses, including organization and administration, risk management, and introduction to college teaching. Through her research Dr. Jones explores topics such as male students of color, student engagement and activism, and equity and diversity issues. Her main research methodology is qualitative, and she utilizes frameworks such as discourse analysis and critical race theory to explore structures, policies, and practices that influence underrepresented and marginalized student communities.
Angie Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Master of Arts in counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from Sam Houston State University. Upon graduation, she joined the counseling program faculty at Texas A&M University — Commerce as a tenure-track assistant professor, where she taught master’s and doctoral courses for three years. Dr. Cartwright’s research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and mentorship in counselor education. She has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, international presentations/webinars, and a book chapter. Dr. Cartwright also brings several years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor — Supervisor and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider in Texas. Dr. Cartwright’s clinical background includes work with incarcerated adults, civilly committed sexual offenders, and youth. She currently is the committee chair of the sex offender treatment and rehabilitation committee of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counseling. In her free time, Dr. Cartwright enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Peggy Ceballos earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of North Texas in 2008. She earned a Master in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2002 and her Bachelor's from the University of New Orleans in 1999.
Cynthia K. Chandler, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist in Texas and has been a professor in the counseling program, of the College of Education, at the University of North Texas since 1989. She has an international reputation for her work in animal-assisted interventions, which she began in 1999. For her work in the field of animal assisted therapy, Dr. Chandler received the 2016 Professional Development Award from the American Counseling Association, and received the 2009 Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award from the Association for Creativity in Counseling. She is author of the award-winning book Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling, the 3rd edition was published in 2017. She is also editor of the book published in 2018, Animal-Assisted Interventions for Emotional and Mental Health: Conversations with Pioneers of the Field. Dr. Chandler founded the ground-breaking model, human-animal relational theory, which serves as a guide for the practice of animal-assisted counseling.
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.
Kimmalla Mitchell is a Sr. Administrative Specialist in UNT-CHE-RHS Integrated Care and Behavioral Health Project. She more than seven years in the United States Army as a human resource generalist, administrative assistant, and police officer before medically retiring.
Mitchell has extensive experience in finance, administration, and logistical coordination. She received her M.A. in Professional Counseling at Liberty University and is an advocate for underserved populations. She spent two years being the liaison between departments across the university’s system, small minority companies, and large corporations.
Mitchell assisted the University of North Texas Dallas campus in reaching number two of 180 for the Historically Underutilized Business Program in the State of Texas. As project coordinator, Mitchell manages the administration and logistics of community and academic partnerships, project reporting, interactions between students and partnership sites, budget management, purchasing, and the day to day duties related to the project.
She directs operations for the project’s integrated behavioral health internship field placements program, provide institutional leadership in counselor education services, assessment, consultation, crisis intervention, program evaluation and dissemination.
Mitchell serves as student ombudsman, and facilitates professional integrated behavioral healthcare trainings for graduate students and university affiliates. She is responsible for planning and assessment of UNT-CHE-RHS clinical internship experiences; assist with planning and assessment of graduate student competency activities and implementation of work plan. Mitchell is responsible for admissions, registration, scheduling, coordinating with grant faculty to develop additional clinical partnership site agreements, monitoring student and clinical partnership practitioners access to online training modules, and coordinating student recruitment and field placement supports during the course of the grant. She provides project staff and participant support for web course management software and update and maintain counselor education field experience policies and procedures to maintain strict adherence to legal and ethical standards, as they relate to mental health counseling. Mitchell develops marketing strategies to promote counselor education field experience program on and off campus.
Matthew Lemberger-Truelove is a Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas. Dr. Lemberger-Truelove is the Editor of the Journal of Counseling and Development and the past Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling. Also, he served as President of the Association for Humanistic Counseling and as the Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling. Dr. Lemberger-Truelove’s scholarship includes empirical and theoretical writing. His empirical work pertains to counseling practice with children and adolescents, especially in economically challenged K12 schools. His theoretical writings cover a number of areas such as the development of a unique school counseling theory, social justice philosophy, research design, and humanistic counseling. His empirical and theoretical work adhere to the basic supposition that counseling is optimal when counselors help cultivate various internal capacities of clients while simultaneously improving the social opportunities that affect their lives.
Dan Li is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the University of North Texas. She received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education and a minor in Applied Statistics from the University of Iowa in 2018. Before she joined UNT, Li worked as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at State University of New York at New Paltz. Li is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed School Counselor in North Carolina.
Li is an interdisciplinary scholar who adopts a variety of research methods to study counseling and supervision related phenomena. Her current research agenda includes relational dynamics of clinical supervision using innovative, statistical methods; professional development of international counseling students and faculty; and online teaching and learning. These research endeavors led to multiple peer-reviewed publications, the 2020 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Research Grant Award, 2018 ACES Research Grant Award, and many conference presentations.
As a student-centered educator, Li is dedicated to building an inclusive, multiculturally sensitive, interactional, and thought-provoking learning environment. She assists students in tapping into their potential for selected areas of interest. Her teaching interests mainly lie in counseling research methodology, counseling theories, and school counseling. Li actively provides service to the counseling profession. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Journal of International Students (JIS). She was also a regional facilitator (2017-2020) for the International Students and Faculty Interest Network (ISFIN) at ACES.
Natalya A. Lindo, PhD, LPC is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at the University of North Texas with 15 years of experience as a researcher and clinician with specialized training in working with children and families, diverse and at-risk populations. Dr. Lindo’s primary research areas are School-based Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy, Teacher Child Relationship Building and Career Development across the lifespan. Consistent with this research agenda, Dr. Lindo regularly conducts action-research projects in the public schools related to Child Parent Relationship Therapy and Teacher Child Relationship Building. Most recently Dr. Lindo developed the Child and Adolescent Career Construction Interview aimed at improving self-concept, occupational identity and career adaptability. With a focus on capacity building, Dr. Lindo collaborates with administrators and school counselors to develop school-wide mental health initiatives targeting children who are at risk for school failure.
Agnes Ye Luo is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. She received her Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in 2019. Her research agenda includes technology use in counseling and counselor education, social media identity distress, and trauma. Luo has prepared and published manuscripts using quantitative research approaches such as the meta-analysis, multiple regression, and measurement validation.
As a bilingual English/Mandarin practitioner, Luo has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups in the college campus, community-based agency, and private practice counseling settings. She has implemented various therapy modalities in clinical practice, such as Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Wellness approach, and Expressive Art techniques. She is especially interested in implementing technology into counseling and exploring the impact of social media among adolescent and young adult clients. Luo has supervised counseling trainees from different specialty tracks, including clinical mental health, school counseling, and marriage and family counseling. She utilizes a combination of the Solution-Focused Theory and the Integrated Developmental Model in a nonjudgmental and collaborative supervision style.
Luo is an active member of the Research Committee of Texas Counseling Association and the Awards Committee of Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling. She has served as the program reviewer for multiple counseling conferences. In addition, she has presented multiple times at national, state, and local professional conferences. She loves learning different cultures, creating novice recipes, and exploring new places.
Michael Maxwell earned his Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University, and his master's and bachelor degrees from Texas State University. Maxwell began his career in higher education in 2009, and he started his professional counseling experience in 1999, having worked previously with juvenile delinquent incarcerated youth, incarcerated adults, psychiatric head injured patients, as an elementary school counselor, as a secondary school counselor and as a private practice clinician.
Dr. Maxwell has had 11 articles and book chapters published in professional counseling journals and textbooks and has presented at 22 national, state and local conferences over the span of his professional career. His research interests, publications and presentations have included the following areas: Multiple Heritage Population; Adolescent Development; School Counselor Advocacy, Training, and Interventions; Multicultural Counseling Appreciation and Sensitivity; Middle School to High School Student Transition; Developing Resiliency in At-risk clients; and Sport Counseling.
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 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.
Dr. Hyun Kyoung (Hyunny) Ro is Associate Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas. She earned a Ph.D. In Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Educational Psychology—Applied Measurement. Prior to that, she earned a master’s and baccalaureate degree at Korea University. Prior to UNT, Dr. Ro and worked as a faculty member in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University and worked as a Research Designer and Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research expertise includes Gender and Racial Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education; Learning Experiences and Outcomes among Marginalized Students; and Critical Quantitative Research and Assessment. She received multiple external grants with a total amount of $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation (ADVANCE Adaptation Track grant for gender equity on campus) and AccessLex Institute/Association for Institutional Research (law school access and enrollment among women of color). She has been the leading author on articles that were published peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Engineering Education, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, Educational Policy, The Review of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education.
Barrett Taylor earned his PhD from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He teaches a number of courses at UNT, including "General Administration of Higher Education" (EDHI 6710) and "Higher Education Finance" (EDHI 6760). His research emphasizes the ways in which colleges and universities interact with their environments.
Uyen Tran-Parsons is a Principal Lecturer for the Higher Education Program. She earned a B.S. in Health Studies from Texas Woman's University, M.Ed. in Higher Education from University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. Tran-Parsons teaches a variety of courses for the Higher Education Program including "Student Demographics," "Cultural Pluralism," and "Foundations of Student Development Administration." Her research interests are related to faculty-led study abroad, service learning, and the college experience of minoritized populations. Prior to teaching, she worked as a student affairs professional for 12 years in the functional areas of Academic Advising, Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Women Student Services, and Multicultural Affairs at a variety of public Texas institutions.
Sue Young finished a bachelor’s degree at TCU while working full time for the Neeley School of Business, and after graduation as a TCU Development Officer. She started working at UNT in 1998 for the North Texas Community College Consortium, which led to her current position with the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education. Sue supports the Center by providing event logistics for the Don A. Buchholz Lectures, and the Higher Education Law Conference.
Sue endowed the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Scholarship here at UNT, and was among the core group that started the UNT Ally Program, which later paved the way for the UNT Pride Alliance, a gender & sexuality resource center and a safe space for all. Sue has served as a UNT Staff Senate Executive Officer, has won multiple university diversity & volunteer awards, the UNT Staff Excellence Award, and is a member of the UNT President’s Council.