Peggy Mayfield, MA, NCC, CCMHC, DCMHS, LCPC, is a visiting instructor in the Department of Human Services, where she teaches in the Child & Family Studies concentration. She has extensive counseling experience; having served as a substance abuse group counselor, child and adolescent therapist, intensive family therapist, foster care therapist, and supervisor of foster care services.
Peggy holds professional memberships in the American Counseling Association and several of its divisions. She is President-Elect of the Illinois Association of Child & Adolescent Counselors, where she also serves as editor of the newsletter. She is on the leadership committee of the Traumatology Interest Network (ACA). She also serves on the Illinois Childhood Trauma Association where she sits on the Community Violence Committee, the White Paper Committee, and the Refugee and Immigrant Children Committee.
Her research interests include resilience, epigenetics, neuroscience-informed counseling, traumatology, refugee and immigrant concerns, bullying, interpersonal violence, compassion fatigue, and strength-based counseling, She has been published in the Illinois Counseling Association Quarterly, and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy. She has presented peer-reviewed papers at international conferences in Italy, Ireland, Spain, England, and Nova Scotia. Her paper “Epigenetics, trauma, and resilience: Trauma-informed MFT” was presented at AAMFT in 2013. She will be presenting “Trauma’s epigenetic sequelae: Leveraging neuroscience to impact public health” at the joint American Counseling Association and Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association conference to be held in Montreal in 2016.