Meet our Faculty

Faculty DrawingThe Department of Human Development Counseling currently includes

Full-Time Faculty
William Abler

Dr. William Abler
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Marital, Couple & Family Counseling Co-Coordinator
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Areas of Specialization: Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapy; Family Ecology; Metaphor, Paradox, Creativity and Spirituality within Theory, Research, and Practice Domains

Phone: (217) 206-7567
Office: BRK 358


Dr. James Klein, LPC
Associate Professor
School Counseling Area Coordinator
Department Admissions Coordinator
Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization: Models of School Counseling; School Counselor Characteristics; High School Student-Athlete Transition Issues.

Phone: (217) 206-6883
Office: BRK 348

Ann McCaughanDr. Ann McCaughan
Assistant Professor
Mental Health Counseling Area Co-Coordinator
Ph.D., Idaho State University

Areas of Specialization: Mental Health Counseling; Human Growth and Development; Helping Relationships/Skill Development; Student Affairs; Technology in Counseling and Counselor Training; Gatekeeping

Phone: (217) 206-8565
Office: BRK 359


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Assistant Professor
Marital, Couple & Family Counseling Co-Coordinator
Ph.D., Idaho State University

Areas of Specialization: Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; Mentoring in Counselor Education; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Child Sexual Abuse; Religion and Spirituality in Counseling and Counselor Training

Phone: (217) 206-8521
Office: BRK 336

Holly ThompsonDr. Holly Thompson
Associate Professor
Community Counseling Area Coordinator
Ph.D., Idaho State University

Areas of Specialization: Community and Mental Health Counseling Supervision; Professional Counselor Identity; Multi-and trans-cultural Counseling; GBLTQ; Human Sexuality

Phone: (217) 206-7568
Office: BRK 348

Clinical Instructors

Ms. Karen Lee, M.A.KarenLee
M.A., University of Illinois Springfield

Areas of Specialization: Art Therapy; Trauma; Schizophrenia; Assertive Community Treatment; Neurobiology of Psychotherapy

Phone: 206-8490
Office: BRK 335


Associated Faculty

Dr. Judy Shipp
Executive Director, Counseling Center and Student Support Services
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Specialization: College Student Mental Health; Career Development Theory and Practice; Research Methods; Women’s Issues

Phone: (217) 206-7122
Office: HRB 64

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Robert Crowley
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Areas of Specialization: Career Counseling; Theories of Counseling; Brief Therapy; The Pacific Century

Office: BRK 332

Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Martin Michelsonmlm 02
Part-Time Instructor
M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield

Areas of Specialization: Adolescence; Abused and Neglected Youth; Couples Therapy

Phone: 217-525-7757 x 226
Office: BRK 332

Dr. Leigh SteinerLeigh Steiner
Part-Time Instructor
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization: Community Counseling; Ethics; Policy and Administration; Organizational Development; Appreciative Inquiry

Office: BRK 332


Mr. J. Graham Thompson, LMFTGraham (318x450)
M.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Counselor Education)

Areas of Specialization: Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy; Certified Gottman Therapist; Certified Gottman Trainer; Prepare-Enrich Seminar Director

Phone: 206-6504
Office: BRK 332