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Graduate Counseling Faculty

Christine Ward, Ph.D.


Director, Counselor Education
Associate Professor of Counselor Education

(904) 662-9128
Christine.Ward@mobap.edu

Bio:

Dr. Christine Ward is an associate professor and Director of the Counselor Education department at Missouri Baptist University. Dr. Ward received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2009. Dr. Ward has served in the MBU counseling program since 2016. Prior to joining the faculty at MBU, Dr. Ward served as an adjunct faculty member at University of San Diego, and was a full-time counseling faculty member and faculty researcher at Old Dominion University. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Ward worked as a school counselor in elementary and middle schools.

Dr. Ward’s specialty area is school counseling and application of the ASCA National Model®.

Dr. Ward’s research interests include school counseling and academic achievement, rural school counseling and supervision, understanding and responding to issues facing military-connected children and their families, and resiliency in military families. Dr. Ward has written numerous grants to support the educational needs of military-connected students, and has served as a program evaluator and researcher for non-profits serving the military community.

Selected Publications:

Ward, C. A. (2018). Support for Military Families. ASCA School Counselor. 55(3), 11-15.

Neale-McFall, C., & Ward, C. A. (2015). Factors contributing to counselor education doctoral students’ satisfaction with their dissertation chairperson. The Professional Counselor, 5(1).

Bayne, H., Horton-Parker, R., & Ward, C. (2014). Doctoral student competency in spiritual and religious issues: A survey of CACREP-accredited programs. VISTAS, article 50.

Shaw, B. M., Remley, T. P.,  Jr., & Ward, C. (2014). The preparation of master’s-level    professional counselors for positions in college and university counseling centers. Journal of College Counseling, 17(3) 236-248. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1882.2014.00060.x

Lauka, J.D., Remley, T.P., & Ward, C. (2013). Attitudes of counselors regarding ethical situations encountered by in-home counselors. The Family Journal, 21(2), 129-135. doi:10.1177/10664807125465822

Ward, C., Grothaus, T., & Tucker, C. (2010, March 22). Another view of counselors. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/03/22/ward.

Ward, C. (2010, July). RAMP and student achievement. ASCA School Counselor.

Devlin, J. M., Smith, R. L. & Ward, C. A. (2009). An Adlerian Alliance supervisory model for school counseling. Journal of School Counseling, 7(42).

Ward, C. & Lancaster (2009). Site supervision for social justice. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision SPECTRUM. 69(3), 30-34.

 Affiliations:

American School Counselor Association
American Counseling Association
Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
ACES Rural Interest Network (Co-Chair)
Military Child Education Coalition

Jason Jordan, Ph.D.


Assistant Director, Counselor Education
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 485-8445
Jason.Jordan@mobap.edu

Bio:

Dr. Jordan obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Counseling: Teaching & Supervision at Trevecca Nazarene University and is a member of the American Counseling Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee and Missouri, a National Board Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. He is also a trustee and the editor for the American Counseling Association of Missouri.

Dr. Jordan enjoys research, theory, and more specific topics associated with: adoption, stress, personality, and complex adaptive systems.  Before coming to MBU, he served as the Education and Program Evaluation Coordinator in an integrative community health clinic and as a Family Therapist providing trauma informed interventions using Attachment and Systems Theories for adoptive parents.  Any free time is spent with family, fishing, movies, and his Australian Shepherd.


Justin Cook, Ph.D.


Clinical Director of Field Experience
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 485-8488
Justin.Cook@mobap.edu

Bio:

Dr. Justin Cook is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Department of Missouri Baptist University. Dr. Cook completed his undergraduate degrees at Missouri State University, his Master’s degree in Counseling at Missouri State University, and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Arkansas. He specializes in neuro-counseling, group counseling, and adventure therapy. He has worked in college counseling, addictions and substance abuse, community clinical mental health, and with adjudicated youth in a residential group home with a focus on adventure based counseling.

Dr. Cook is an avid outdoorsman who has worked as a ropes course director, outdoor adventure director, and adventure guide in Missouri, Maine, Pennsylvania, California, Costa Rica, and Belize. He loves a good joke and a great story so share them with him if you have one.

Dr. Cook’s research interests include adventure therapy, ultra-running and mental health, mindfulness, neuro-counseling, experiential activities, and group counseling.  Dr. Cook has an interest in qualitative inquiry and research design with experience in phenomenology and case study design. 

Andrea Cox, M.Ed., LPC


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
314-392-2247
Andrea.Cox@mobap.edu

Bio:

Andrea Cox, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Professor Cox enjoys teaching courses where she can help her students learn strategies and techniques for actively applying their clinical skills. Her current research explores the relationship between pedagogy and learning outcomes at the collegiate level. Her other research interests include an exploration of the relationship between social expectations and human perception and expression of said expectations. Prior to joining the faculty at MBU, in her role as a counselor, Professor Cox specialized in providing evidence-based trauma-informed treatment to children and families impacted by stressful life events.

Additionally, Professor Cox is an active member of her church where she serves as the liturgical dance instructor. In her free time, Professor Cox enjoys kayaking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Professional Affiliations:

American Counseling Association
American School Counselor Association

Publications:

Cox, A. R., (2017). Emotion-Focused Therapy. In R. R. Cottone (Ed.), Theories of Counseling       and Psychotherapy: Individual and Relational Approaches (pp. 275-295). New York, NY: Springer.

Harvey, R. D., & Cox, A. R., (2014). Developing Your Academic Career. [Review of the book Navigating the Academic Career: Common Issues and Uncommon Strategies] PsycCRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology—APA Review of Books

Liao, K. Y., Shen, F. C., Cox, A. R., Miller, A. R., Sievers, B., Werner, B. (2019). Asian American Men’s Body Image Concerns: A Focus Group Study. Psychology of Men and Masculinities

Lekesha Davis, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
314-392-2338
Lekesha.Davis@mobap.edu

Bio:

Dr. Lekesha Thomas-Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. Dr. Davis has worked in community mental health for more than 20 years, specializing in intimate partner violence, depression, trauma and crisis, children and families, and multicultural issues in counseling. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, with an emphasis in Trauma and Crisis, in November 2018 from Walden University. She is also a full time Assistant Professor at Missouri Baptist University. Dr. Davis has presented on numerous topics including, self-care when working with children who experience trauma, the most common mental illnesses in adults and children, the effects of gun violence on youth, the impact of trauma on diverse populations, intimate partner violence, and many other topics. Dr. Davis believes that “passion fuels vision” and advocates for compassionate and equitable care for youth and adults with mental and behavioral health concerns.

Publications:

Thomas-Davis, L. (2021). Disparities in mental health care. Missouri Baptist University (MBU) Magazine.

Thomas-Davis, L. (2018). The lived experiences of counselors who work with female intimate partner violence victims [Doctoral dissertation, Walden University]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Licensure and Certifications:

Missouri, Licensed Professional Counselor-MO #2017016839
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
DLA 20 Trainer

Jan Speck, Ed.D.


Associate Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 744-5338
Janice.Speck@mobap.edu

Bio:

Dr. Jan Speck, a retired Missouri Professional School Counselor, is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Department of Missouri Baptist University (MBU) who began August 2016. Prior to this (2008-2016) she served as an adjunct instructor in the Counseling Program at MBU.  She obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling at University of Missouri-Saint Louis and her specialist and doctoral degrees in Education from Missouri Baptist University. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in projects in the development and continual updating of Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program led by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), College and Career Readiness Division. Dr. Speck also serves on several committees for DESE and the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA) including: The Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program Curriculum Writing Team,  Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program Advisory Committee, Missouri Counselor Educators’ Committee, Educational Testing Service (Missouri School Counselor Performance Assessment) Writing and Scoring, MSCA program and executive committees, she is a past-president of this organization and is currently Chairperson for the MSCA Emerging Leaders Program. She has also presented workshops at the Missouri School Counselor Association Conference and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Conference.

Recent Presentations:

Speck, J. (November 10, 2020) Emerging Leaders. Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Virtual

Speck, J. (November 3, 2019) Mindful Leadership. Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO

Patterson-Mills, S., Hiatt, M., Veasey, M. & Speck, J. (November 4, 2019) MEES Performance Evaluation Training Session. Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO

Ward, C. & Speck, J. (July 2, 2019). School Counseling and Military Families. American School Counselor Association Conference, Boston, MA

Sevier, S., Roof, C. & Speck, J. (July 1, 2019). Challenge or Opportunity?  Working with Barriers to Full Implementation. American School Counselor Association Conference, Boston, MA

Ward, C. & Speck, J. (June 30, 2019). School Counseling in Rural Settings. American School Counselor Association Conference, Boston, MA

Speck, J. (November 5, 2018) The Chocolate Conversation: Lead Bittersweet Change and Transform Your School Counseling Program. Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO

Sevier, S., Roof, C. & Speck, J. (November 4, 2018). Challenge or Opportunity?  Working with Barriers to Full Implementation.  Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO

Speck, J. (November 5, 2017) Big Hearted Leadership. Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO

Sevier, S., Roof, C., Speck, J., & Rene Yoesel(July 9, 2017). Who Do They Think We Are? American School Counselor Association Conference, Denver, CO

Recent Publications:

Speck, J D, (2013), Will Specific Training in Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Increase Future Administrators’ Awareness and Understanding of the Program and Its Potential for Improving Academic Achievement and School Climate?  ProQuest (Dissertation)

Speck, J. (2020) Professional development folio guide for the development, licensure (certification), and employment of professional school counselors. (7th ed.) Missouri Baptist University. Saint Louis, MO (previous editions)

Sevier, S.& Speck, J. (September 2020) Turning barriers into opportunities. Counselor Connection, American School Counselor Association, Alexandria, VA