Congratulations to the 2018 SCP Fellows!

Congratulations to Seven SCP Members for Receiving the APA Fellow Status (Division 17) in 2018 *alphabetical order based on last name

Jill Lee Barber, Ph.D.

In her role as Senior Director of Psychological and Health Services, Dr. Jill Lee-Barber leads integrated health at all campuses of Georgia State University in Atlanta. Jill is passionate about health equity and making high quality services accessible and relevant to urban university students. Her publications and presentations are primarily focused on integrating multicultural and feminist theory into therapy, ethics, and making systemic change. Jill currently represents Division 17 as the 2019 Programming Coordinator for the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. Within the Society of Counseling Psychology Jill has held several leadership roles including vice-president of professional practice, chair of the Section for College and University Counseling Centers and chair of the Section for LGBT Issues, as well as co-chair of the Taking Action Against Racism in Media initiative. Jill was awarded Woman of the Year in 2009 by the Section for the Advancement of Women. Jill is an APA Health Equity Ambassador and has completed the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology in 2018. Counseling psychology has been Jill’s professional identity across various settings as she is committed to using the science of psychology to inform needed change on both the systemic and personal levels.  Jill is an alumna of the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Houston. Email:


Chrisanthia (Chris) Brown, Ph.D.

Chris Brown, Ph.D.currently serves as professor and chair in the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). During her tenure, she also served as interim dean of the UMKC School of Education from 2014-2016. She received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from UMKC, master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas and provides consultation to various organizations, including continuing education workshops on ethics and professional issues to mental health professionals.  She has taught in counselor preparation programs for over 25 years, and as a licensed psychologist and provider for New Directions Employee Assistance Program she has over 35 years of experience providing counseling to culturally diverse populations. She is an associate member of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee and editorial board member of the Journal of Career Assessment. She has served as a mentor to numerous students, guiding them through research and providing opportunities for them to develop their professional skills. Her research areas include cultural dimensions of career development, gender transition, domestic violence, and professional ethics.


Mary Ann Covey, Ph.D. ABPP

Mary Ann Covey is the Director of the Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University.  She has worked at the Student Counseling Service for over 25 years.  Her clinical areas of special interest include training issues, eating disorders, diversity issues, gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, sexual assault/abuse, working with student-athletes, and gender issues.  She has also been in the role of Coordinator of Counseling and Programming with Student Athletes for the past 25 years.  She is the Past President of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies and current President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology.  She recently won the distinguished John D. Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Counseling Psychology. She has given numerous presentations regarding mental health issues of college students as well as published on the same topic.


Debra Mollen, Ph.D.

Debra Mollen, Ph.D., is Professor in the Counseling Psychology program and Affiliate Faculty in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She received the 2016 Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. Along with Drs. Sharon Lamb and Lillian Comas Díaz, Debra is co-chair for the forthcoming revision of the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women. With Dr. Brian Baird, she is co-author of the forthcoming 8th edition of The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions (Taylor & Francis). She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and Psychology of Women Quarterly, has co-authored two major contributions in The Counseling Psychologist, and has served SCP as the Past-Chair of the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) and the SCP Awards Committee co-chair. Debra is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Sexuality Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Email:


Gina Owens, Ph.D.

Dr. Gina Owens is a Professor and Director of Training in the Counseling Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Her research program has focused broadly in the areas of meaning-making after traumatic events, risk and protective factors associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and treatment outcome work related to evidence-based treatments for PTSD within the VA system. Her recent work has primarily focused on the military veteran population, given their pressing mental health needs from recent wars. Recent research has explored how beliefs violations and goals violations relate to PTSD severity and stress-related growth; individual difference variables such as emotion regulation, personality characteristics, and attachment and their associations with PTSD severity; and differences in relationship conflict, attachment, and depression for veterans with PTSD, hazardous substance use, or both. Within the VA, Dr. Owens and colleagues have examined differences in treatment outcome between outpatient and residential veteran samples as well as cognitive change mechanisms in cognitive processing therapy. Email:


Barbara Palombi, Ph.D., ABPP

Barbara Palombi, Ph.D., ABPP earned her degree in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. As a licensed psychologist, she provided 25 years of direct services for college students at Colorado State, Arizona State, and Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley Dr. Palombi served as the Director and Training Director and developed an APA training program. She relocated to Ft Sill, Oklahoma working for MEDCOM and treating soldiers with a history of experiencing emotional trauma while serving in the military. Currently, Dr. Palombi is the senior mental health subject matter expert for the Integrated Disability Evaluation Services (IDES) to determine mental fitness of soldiers referred to the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB). She served as a member of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and the Committee on Disability in Psychology – CDIP. For the American Board of Professional Psychology – Counseling Psychologist she has been a board member, coordinator of practice samples, examiner, reader of practice samples and mentor to candidates applying for board certification. Her research and publications interest focus on Wellness – Psychometric Properties, Disability (Social Justice, Feminism and Able Bodied Privilege, College Admissions, Multicultural Competencies & International Students with disabilities) and Alcohol treatment.


Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke, Ph.D.

Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke is Professor and Chair in the Department of Educational Psychology, Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Dr. Tomlinson-Clarke is a licensed psychologist and teaches in the Counseling Psychology and School Counseling Programs. Prior to Rutgers, she was employed as a psychologist at CAPS, The Pennsylvania State University and in the University Counseling Center at Florida State University. Professor Tomlinson-Clarke’s scholarship focuses on the influence of identity and culture on psychological well-being, as well as models that provide counselors, psychologists and teachers with competencies to more effectively assist in the overall development of culturally diverse learners. Her research also examines the impact of contextual and social considerations on identity, with an emphasis on transformative learning experiences that foster social justice advocacy and social action. Email:



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