Faculty & Staff
Interim Clinical Coordinator: Josh Magruder
Dr. Magruder is the Interim Clinical Coordinator of the COPE Clinic. He has worked with college students and the Employee Assistance Program at The University of Mississippi from 2008 – 2015. Prior to that he has experience working with children using Play Therapy. Dr. Magruder is active in the Mississippi Counseling Association and enjoys supervision at any level. His research interest include college counseling and Individual Psychology.
Counselor Education Faculty: Rick Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Dr. Balkin has been a counselor educator since 2003. He practiced for seven years and inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients and has worked as an outpatient counselor since 1996. He has taught courses related to research, assessment, theories, and counseling practice. His research interests include counseling outcomes, instrument development, research methods, forgiveness, and religious diversity.
Counselor Education Program Coordinator: Suzanne Dugger, Ed.D., NCC, ACS, LPC-S
Dr. Dugger is a Professor and the Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi. Her experience includes 5 years of experience as a school counselor, 3 years as a college counselor, 7 years in private practice, and 27 years as a counselor educator. She is licensed as a professional counselor in Michigan and as a school counselor both in Michigan and Mississippi. Her teaching and research interests include career counseling, counseling children, school counseling, the counseling process, diagnosis and treatment planning, and doctoral education. Her clinical interests include helping people manage depression, assisting LGBT clients, engaging in career counseling, and providing play therapy.
Counselor Education Faculty: Alex Kerwin, Ph.D., NCC, LPC (Idaho)
Dr. Kerwin is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi within the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education. Dr. Kerwin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho and has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and refugees. She currently serves as the Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. Dr. Kerwin’s research interests include social justice in counseling, professional identity, and counselor education.
Counselor Education Faculty: Mandy Perryman, Ph.D.
Dr. Perryman is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi within the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education. She has over 12 years of experience counseling children, adolescents and adults and providing play therapy. She is actively involved in the Mississippi Counseling Association and the Mississippi Association for Play Therapy. Her research interests include grief experiences in Counselor Education programs and college student wellness.
Counselor Education Faculty: Marc Showalter
Dr. Showalter is currently serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi. He has spent the previous twenty plus years as a counselor and administrator working with college students and their families. He has taught students from preschoolers to graduate students and has presented workshops on a variety of topics. His area of interests includes a focus on developing the counseling relationship as well as the personal experience of the counselor during the counseling process.
Counselor Education Faculty: Amanda Winburn, Ph.D., NCC
Dr. Winburn is currently serving as an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi within the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education. Dr. Winburn is a licensed educator with endorsements in secondary english, counseling, and administration. She currently teaches courses within the school counseling and play therapy specialty area and serves as the faculty supervisor for school counseling students. Dr. Winburn also has a strong interest in school based play therapy, she has been actively involved in play therapy at the University of Mississippi both at the clinical setting as well as actively conducting research within the field. Other research interest include the use of technology in counseling, wellness, and bullying.