2018 Faculty Bios

Linda Forrest, PhD

Forrest, LindaDr. Linda Forrest, Co-Chair of the SCP Leadership Academy, is Professor Emerita and Past Associate Director for Faculty Outreach at the Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon. Previously, Dr. Forrest served as the Training Director of the counseling psychology program and Assistant Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at Michigan State University, as well as Department Chair and Associate Dean at the University of Oregon.
Her scholarship focuses at the intersection of ethics, diversity, and professional training issues in psychology with a special interest in competence problems that develop during graduate training.

Dr. Forrest has served in many professional leadership positions including: President of the Society of Counseling Psychology; Associate Editor of The Counseling Psychologist; Chair of the APA Ethics Committee; Chair of Women’s Caucus of APA Council of Representatives; member of APA Good Governance Project; and, and Steering Committee member for the 2002 Competency Conference.

Dr. Forrest is a Fellow in four divisions of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 17, 35, 44, 45) and the recipient of numerous awards including 2014 CCPTP Award for Lifetime Contributions to Education and Training, 2014 TCP Outstanding Major Contribution Publication Award, 2013 Outstanding Publication on Supervision Award, 2012 APA Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award, 2011 APA Presidential Citation, 2011 APA Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology, 2010 SCP Lifetime Mentoring Award, and 2009 APA Division 35 Strickland Daniel Distinguished Mentoring Award.

Jeanne Manese, PhD

Jeanne Manese, PhD, is Director of the Counseling Center at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her B.A in psychology from the University of California, Irvine and also completed a masters degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Harvard University. Dr. Manese received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Manese currently oversees the administrative management of over 40 multidisciplinary professional staff including licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers as well as approximately 40 volunteer student staff. She is responsible for the mental health service delivery to approximately 34,000 students and also teaches a fieldwork course for undergraduate students interested in careers in psychology and public health. She is currently conducting research and implementing programs focused on strength based interventions to improve college transitions and enhance retention at at the university level. Dr. Manese has published numerous articles and chapters related to training, supervision and practice with a focus on multicultural competency and social justice.  She was among the principle co-investigators for three year $6.9 million state funded mental health grant (CaLMHSA-SMHI) aimed at stigma reduction, suicide prevention and peer to peer support interventions.  Included in her work in higher education and mental health, Dr. Manese has practiced psychology internationally sailing around the world with the Semester at Sea program.  She has also worked in Veteran Administration Medical Center settings, private practice, and maintains a consultation practice. Dr. Manese achieved the distinction of Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Division 17 and 45).  She is actively involved in the APA Minority Fellowship Program and is member of the Asian American Psychological Association. She has been honored by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for her multicultural competency training.

Anneliese A. Singh, PhD

Anneliese A. Singh is an Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professor in the College of Education at The University of Georgia. Dr. Singh has contributed to many counseling and psychological practice guidelines and competencies (e.g., APA Transgender Guidelines, APA Prevention Science Guidelines, ACA Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies, ACA Counseling Competencies with Transgender Clients). She is highly prolific, with over 100 publications in the areas of LGBTQQ, multicultural, and social justice counseling. Dr. Singh is the author (Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) or co-author of several books (Successful Academic Writing in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients, Qualitative Inquiry in Education and Clinical Settings, Social Justice and Group Counseling). She is a co-PI on a longitudinal multi-site grant examining trans resilience, risk, and identity development. She founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate findings from her decade-long research on the resilience that transgender people develop to navigate societal oppression. Dr. Singh also co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to address intersections of heterosexism, racism, sexism, and other oppressions, creating safe school environments, and has been honored with over 11 national awards for her work in social justice organizing and community-building. She actively works to be a better ally to trans people and developing empowering spaces for people of color who have survived sexual abuse. Dr. Singh is a Sikh American and passionately believes in and strives to live by Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community, as well as by Audre Lorde’s quote: “Without community, there is no liberation.”

Andrés J. Consoli, PhD

Andrés J. Consoli, has been an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2013. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received a licenciatura degree in clinical psychology at the Universidad de Belgrano (1985). He earned a Masters (1991) and doctorate in counseling psychology at UCSB (1994), and received postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine (1994-1996). Prior to joining UCSB Dr. Consoli was professor and associate chair of the Department of Counseling, College of Health and Social Sciences, at San Francisco State University (1996-2013). He is a visiting professor at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala (2004-present) and a licensed psychologist in California.

Dr. Consoli has served as president of the National Latina/o Psychological Association (2014), as member-at-large of APA’s Division 52: International Psychology (2011-2013), as president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (2007-2009), and as president of the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (2001). He served in the Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) (2014-2016) and chaired the Council in 2016.

In 2015, Dr. Consoli received the Interamerican Psychologist Award for distinguished contributions to the advancement of psychology in the Americas, an award granted by the Interamerican Society of Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 52).

Dr. Consoli’s professional and research interests involve transnational collaborations, program evaluation and community based participatory action research, multicultural supervision, psychotherapy integration and training, systematic treatment selection, ethics and values in psychotherapy, access and utilization of mental health services within a social justice framework, and the development of a bilingual (English/Spanish) academic and mental health workforce. He is the coeditor of a multinational project, the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice (2017; Oxford University Press); and coauthor of a binational project, CBT Strategies for Anxious and Depressed Children and Adolescents: A Clinician’s Toolkit (2017; Guilford Press).

Valene Whittaker, PhD

Description forthcoming.


Colton Brown, M.S.

Colton Brown is a fourth-year student in the Oklahoma State University Counseling Psychology doctoral program. He is currently completing his pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Caroline at Charlotte’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. Colton earned his M.S. in educational psychology from Oklahoma State University and his B.A. in psychology and sociology from Georgia State University. Colton’s professional interests include plurisexual identities, the use of media in counseling, outreach and prevention, and relational-cultural theory. His research and conceptual work has been featured in journals such as the Journal of Bisexuality and the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. Colton’s work will also be included in Queering the Deep South: Research on Queer Studies and LGBTQ Lives in the U.S. Southeast, due out in fall 2017. He was a participant in the 2016 Leadership Academy and oriented his leadership project to focus on the training and professional identity needs of masters students in counseling psychology programs. Colton served as his program’s Student Affiliates of 17 Representative for four years. He is a student member of Divisions 5, 17, 31, and 44 and is a member of the American Counseling Association – Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling.