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Sarah Hastings, Ph.D., Director, Professor [slhasting@radford.edu]

Dr. Hastings received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1999. She completed her internship at Kansas State University Counseling Services.  She joined the faculty at Radford in the Fall of 2006. Prior to coming to Radford she worked in a rural mental health center in southeast Kansas. She also worked as a licensed psychologist in the counseling center at Baker University for 6 years, serving 4 years as director.  While there she served on the university’s strategic leadership team and coauthored a $200,000 grant awarded by the Department of Justice to increase awareness of gender-based violence and enhance counseling and support services.  Her current research projects include rural psychological practice, women's health, self-compassion and body image.  She is most interested in working with students who have professional and research interests in health and wellbeing and the intersection of these variables with gender.  Specfically, Dr. Hastings is interested in the lived-experinces of women coping with illness. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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Tracy Cohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor [tcohn@radford.edu]

Dr. Cohn received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in human sexuality from the University of Kansas in 2007.   He completed his internship at Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas.  He joined the Radford faculty in the Fall of 2007. His current research interests are in the areas of LGBT identity, issues of HIV, stigma, and resilience. He is a licensed psychologist in Virginia and has a private practice in Blacksburg, VA. He enjoys seeing clients and couples regarding issues related to substance abuse, trauma, and sexual identity.  He also assists with fundraising for organizations that provide services for under-served and marginalized populations.

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Ruth Riding-Malon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor [rridingmalon@radford.edu]

Dr. Riding-Malon earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2008.  She completed her internship at Kentucky River Community Care and Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky.  She joined the Radford faculty in the Fall of 2008. Prior to coming to Radford, she worked in a community mental health clinic in central Kentucky and served one year as assistant to the clinic director. She participated in research projects on AIDS prevention in high schools, and on rape prevention on college campuses; she trained staff and student leaders in diversity issues and on effective sexual assault response, and worked with pre-service teachers to increase awareness of multicultural issues. Dr. Riding-Malon is interested in rural mental health, women’s issues, trauma treatment, and in working with disenfranchised populations. Her current research interests lie in studying issues particular to populations in rural areas, investigating the effectiveness of multicultural training, evaluating trauma treatments, and examining the impact of spirituality in the lives of clients. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and she enjoys working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

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Tom Mullis, Ph.D., Professor [tmullis@radford.edu]

Dr. Mullis received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 1970. He completed his internship at Holiday Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He joined the faculty at Radford in 1973.  Prior to coming to Radford he worked at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. While working at Radford he worked as a part-time counselor at the Center for Counseling and Student Development for 15 years.  His research interests include existential psychology, ethics, and psychology of religion. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia; he also is a Licensed Psychologist in Kansas. Presently, he has a limited private practice at the Center for Grief, Loss and Life Transitions. He enjoys working with clients who have existential and loss issues. He is the recipient of the Dedmon teaching award for excellence at Radford, Outstanding Volunteer Award from American Mental Health Counselors Association for work with graduate students, and in 2007 was presented an award by the Radford University Graduate College for his work in developing the Psy.D. program. His website is www.tommullis.com.

Dr. Mullis retired after the Fall 2008 semester but remains available for consultation as an Emeritus Professor.