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    Dr. Aida Midgett

    Department Chair and Professor

    Dr. Aida Midgett is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education at Boise State University. Born and raised in Brazil, she has been residing in the United States since 1991. Dr. Midgett obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology/Counseling Psychology emphasis and her masters in Community Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Her professional background includes behavioral health and school-based research, training counselor education students, and evaluating service-learning projects related to multicultural training. Dr. Midgett has also worked as a clinician in university, agency, and in-patient mental health hospital settings. Currently her research focuses on evaluating a brief, bystander bullying intervention program in K-12 settings.

    Dr. Aida Midgett CV

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    Education Building, Room 432

    Dr. Aida Midgett is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education at Boise State University. Born and raised in Brazil, she has been residing in the United States since 1991. Dr. Midgett obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology/Counseling Psychology emphasis and her masters in Community Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Her professional background includes behavioral health and school-based research, training counselor education students, and evaluating service-learning projects related to multicultural training. Dr. Midgett has also worked as a clinician in university, agency, and in-patient mental health hospital settings. Currently her research focuses on evaluating a brief, bystander bullying intervention program in K-12 settings.

    Dr. Aida Midgett CV

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  • Kristin Batten, Counselor Education, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

    Kristin Batten

    Administrative Assistant

Faculty

  • Diana Doumas, Counselor Education/Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction, Distinguished Professor

    Dr. Diana Doumas

    Distinguished Professor and Director for the Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction

    Distinguished Professor and Director for the Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction,  Dr. Doumas is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychologist in Idaho. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and Research Society on Alcoholism. Her experience includes both individual and couples counseling for clients with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal concerns. She specializes in empirically based interventions and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Her research interests include substance abuse prevention and intervention, with a focus on harm reduction and online interventions for high-risk college and high school students, and bullying prevention for elementary, middle, and high school students, with a focus on bystander intervention.

    Dr. Diana Doumas CV

    Education Building, Room 430

    Distinguished Professor and Director for the Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction,  Dr. Doumas is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychologist in Idaho. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and Research Society on Alcoholism. Her experience includes both individual and couples counseling for clients with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal concerns. She specializes in empirically based interventions and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Her research interests include substance abuse prevention and intervention, with a focus on harm reduction and online interventions for high-risk college and high school students, and bullying prevention for elementary, middle, and high school students, with a focus on bystander intervention.

    Dr. Diana Doumas CV

  • Dr. Shelby Gonzales

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Gonzales is a licensed Professional School Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and School Counseling Coordinator for the Department of Counselor Education. As a previous school counselor in urban, rural, and Title 1 schools in North and South Carolina, Dr. Gonzales has worked with K-12 students and districts with a diverse spectrum of needs. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), American School Counseling Association (ASCA), and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Currently, Dr. Gonzales is the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Graduate Student Representative-Past and is an ad hoc reviewer for the Professional School Counseling Journal. Her research focus lies within the field of school counseling with a focus on facilitating role understanding and interdisciplinary collaboration between pre-service and practicing school counselors and principals.

    Dr. Gonzales is a licensed Professional School Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and School Counseling Coordinator for the Department of Counselor Education. As a previous school counselor in urban, rural, and Title 1 schools in North and South Carolina, Dr. Gonzales has worked with K-12 students and districts with a diverse spectrum of needs. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), American School Counseling Association (ASCA), and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Currently, Dr. Gonzales is the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Graduate Student Representative-Past and is an ad hoc reviewer for the Professional School Counseling Journal. Her research focus lies within the field of school counseling with a focus on facilitating role understanding and interdisciplinary collaboration between pre-service and practicing school counselors and principals.

  • Dr. Raissa Miller

    Dr. Raissa Miller

    Associate Professor

    Associate Professor, Dr. Raissa Miller, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho and Texas. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies. Before joining the faculty at Boise State University, Dr. Miller practiced counseling in community agencies and private practice. Although she has been trained to see individuals across the lifespan, she primarily works with individual adults and couples. Dr. Miller specializes in applying principles of neurobiology within counseling to address a wide range of developmental and clinical concerns, including anxiety, addiction, trauma, and interpersonal distress. Her research interests include understanding the impact of integrating and teaching principles of interpersonal neurobiology to students, practitioners, and clients, as well as developing community-based research initiatives in substance abuse treatment.

    Dr. Raissa Miller CV

    Education Building, Room 434

    Associate Professor, Dr. Raissa Miller, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho and Texas. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies. Before joining the faculty at Boise State University, Dr. Miller practiced counseling in community agencies and private practice. Although she has been trained to see individuals across the lifespan, she primarily works with individual adults and couples. Dr. Miller specializes in applying principles of neurobiology within counseling to address a wide range of developmental and clinical concerns, including anxiety, addiction, trauma, and interpersonal distress. Her research interests include understanding the impact of integrating and teaching principles of interpersonal neurobiology to students, practitioners, and clients, as well as developing community-based research initiatives in substance abuse treatment.

    Dr. Raissa Miller CV

  • Michael Russo

    Dr. Michael Russo

    Assistant Professor and Addiction Program Coordinator

    Dr. Russo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Assistant Professor and the Addiction Program Coordinator for the Department of Counselor Education. He is a proud member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), and the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). Dr. Russo has over 10 years of clinical experience serving clients in a variety of settings including psychiatric inpatient hospitals, private practice, non-profit, state-managed facilities, school-based counseling, and university-based counseling centers. Dr. Russo holds his board certification in neurofeedback at the level of Associate Fellow from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He specializes in integrating neuroscience into counseling practice with an emphasis on client-centered approaches to address a wide range of clinical goals such as healing from trauma, coping with anxiety and decreasing dependence on substances and/or behavioral addiction. Most of Dr. Russo’s research focuses on the topics of neuroscience-informed counseling, neurofeedback, anxiety, crisis and/or substance misuse and abuse. He has published nine peer-reviewed publications with his 10th currently under review, one book chapter with a second under review, and provided 37 referred conference presentations, webinars and workshops ranging from local to international levels.

    Dr. Michael Russo CV

    Dr. Russo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Assistant Professor and the Addiction Program Coordinator for the Department of Counselor Education. He is a proud member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), and the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). Dr. Russo has over 10 years of clinical experience serving clients in a variety of settings including psychiatric inpatient hospitals, private practice, non-profit, state-managed facilities, school-based counseling, and university-based counseling centers. Dr. Russo holds his board certification in neurofeedback at the level of Associate Fellow from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He specializes in integrating neuroscience into counseling practice with an emphasis on client-centered approaches to address a wide range of clinical goals such as healing from trauma, coping with anxiety and decreasing dependence on substances and/or behavioral addiction. Most of Dr. Russo’s research focuses on the topics of neuroscience-informed counseling, neurofeedback, anxiety, crisis and/or substance misuse and abuse. He has published nine peer-reviewed publications with his 10th currently under review, one book chapter with a second under review, and provided 37 referred conference presentations, webinars and workshops ranging from local to international levels.

    Dr. Michael Russo CV

Graduate Assistants

  • Matt Peck

    Matt Peck

    Doctoral Graduate Assistant

  • Photo of Emma Knowles

    Emma Knowles

    Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate Assistant

  • Samantha Smith

    Samantha Smith

    Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate Assistant

  • Hailey Fritz

    Hailey McCormick

    Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate Assistant

  • Quinn Bentzen

    Quinn Bentzen

    Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate Assistant

  • Portrait of Mindy Haws

    Mindy Haws

    Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate Assistant

  • Portrait of Margie Beeler

    Margie Beeler

    Master of Arts in Counseling Graduate Assistant

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