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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. Raissa Miller

    Dr. Raissa Miller

    Assistant Professor

    Assistant 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

    Assistant 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

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    Dr. Michael Russo

    Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Addiction Counseling Cognate

    Dr. Russo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Visiting Assistant Professor and 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, decreasing dependence on substances and/or behavioral addiction, and empowering people to reduce suicidal ideation. Most of Dr. Russo’s research focuses around the topics of neuroscience-informed counseling, neurofeedback, anxiety, crisis, and/or substance misuse/abuse

    Dr. Michael Russo CV

    Dr. Russo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Visiting Assistant Professor and 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, decreasing dependence on substances and/or behavioral addiction, and empowering people to reduce suicidal ideation. Most of Dr. Russo’s research focuses around the topics of neuroscience-informed counseling, neurofeedback, anxiety, crisis, and/or substance misuse/abuse

    Dr. Michael Russo CV

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    Dr. Amy King

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Amy King graduated from the University of Mississippi, earning a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has served as an elementary and middle school counselor for the past 21 years. Before becoming a school counselor, Dr. King taught middle school English. Her research emphasis has included advocacy and professional development for school counselors, art and photo therapy, multi-cultural counseling, and play therapy. In addition, Dr. King leads a school counseling professional learning group supporting RAMP certification, is an active member of ASCA, ACA, and NCC, and has presented on a wide variety of topics ranging from advocacy and social justice, photo-therapy, school based interventions, supervision, ethics, and biblio-therapy. Dr. King was the 2018 School Counselor of the Year for the state of Mississippi. She is currently training in play therapy for clinical work.

    Dr. Amy King CV

    Dr. Amy King graduated from the University of Mississippi, earning a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has served as an elementary and middle school counselor for the past 21 years. Before becoming a school counselor, Dr. King taught middle school English. Her research emphasis has included advocacy and professional development for school counselors, art and photo therapy, multi-cultural counseling, and play therapy. In addition, Dr. King leads a school counseling professional learning group supporting RAMP certification, is an active member of ASCA, ACA, and NCC, and has presented on a wide variety of topics ranging from advocacy and social justice, photo-therapy, school based interventions, supervision, ethics, and biblio-therapy. Dr. King was the 2018 School Counselor of the Year for the state of Mississippi. She is currently training in play therapy for clinical work.

    Dr. Amy King CV

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    Michelle Sichak

    Lecturer

    Michelle Sichak is a part-time lecturer for the Department of Counselor Education at Boise State University.  Michelle graduated with her Master of Arts in School Counseling from Boise State University in 1999.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Clinical Supervisor in the State of Idaho.  Michelle spent the first 18 years of her career as a middle school counselor in the West Ada School District and she is now in private practice at Copper Creek Counseling specializing in adolescents, individuals, and families. Michelle has worked with the Counselor Education Department in a variety of capacities since 2000 and she has been an ongoing adjunct professor and clinical supervisor for the Department since 2004.  Michelle is an active member in the Idaho Society for Individual Psychology (ISIP) and a member of the Idaho Counseling Association.

    Michelle Sichak is a part-time lecturer for the Department of Counselor Education at Boise State University.  Michelle graduated with her Master of Arts in School Counseling from Boise State University in 1999.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Clinical Supervisor in the State of Idaho.  Michelle spent the first 18 years of her career as a middle school counselor in the West Ada School District and she is now in private practice at Copper Creek Counseling specializing in adolescents, individuals, and families. Michelle has worked with the Counselor Education Department in a variety of capacities since 2000 and she has been an ongoing adjunct professor and clinical supervisor for the Department since 2004.  Michelle is an active member in the Idaho Society for Individual Psychology (ISIP) and a member of the Idaho Counseling Association.

Graduate Assistants

  • Anna Doud

    Masters Graduate Assistant

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