Faculty & Staff

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Lyndon P. Abrams

Associate Professor
COED 255

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Vivian Cherry

Office Manager

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John R. Culbreth

Professor, Director of Addictions Program
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


Dr. Foxx is a Professor and Counseling Department Chair. She is also the Director of the Urban School Counseling Collaborative. She has experience as an 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 social...

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Susan R. Furr

COED 260


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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Tracey Glover

Administrative Support Associate
COED 241

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Henry L. Harris

Professor, Director of PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision, CACREP Liaison

Area(s) of Interest and Research

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

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Tabitha R. Haynes

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Testing
COED 248


Tabitha R. Haynes, Ph.D., LCMHCS, LCAS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also serves as the Director of Testing. Dr. Haynes began her professional career as a licensed professional counselor providing clinical mental health counseling in a variety of settings, including residential treatment and inpatient psychiatric facilities, community agencies, and university counseling centers. She joined UNC Charlotte’s Department of Counseling in spring 2021 and enjoys teaching...

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Clare Merlin-Knoblich

Associate Professor, Director of Masters in Counseling, Director of Post-Masters Certificate in School Counseling
COED 254


Dr. Clare Merlin-Knoblich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. She currently serves as Director of the Master’s in Counseling Program, as well as the Post-Master’s in School Counseling Certificate. A former high school counselor, Dr. Merlin researches school counseling and multicultural education to understand how to reduce prejudice in schools and support K-12 students of all backgrounds. She also researches flipped learning as a teaching approach in counselor education. Dr. Merlin joined UNC Charlotte’s Department of Counseling in...

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Taryne Mingo

Assistant Professor, Director of School Counseling Program
COED 236

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John Nance

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Field Experiences
COED 237

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Kristie Opiola

Assistant Professor
COED 248


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 Program
COED 257


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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Natalie M. Ricciutti


Assistant Professor
COED 256


Dr. Natalie Ricciutti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University and her Master's degree from Youngstown State University. Dr. Ricciutti's research and teaching expertise are in addictions counseling and addictions education. She is an advocate for providing counseling students with the necessary information and education about substance use disorders, process/behavioral disorders, and the treatment of both. Dr. Ricciutti also researches the impact of stigma in treatment of addictions and...

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Faculty Emeritus

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Pamela S. Lassiter

Professor Emeritus

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Edward A. Wierzalis

Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus

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