Counseling and Social Work Faculty
Dr. Brougham is a licensed professional counselor. She earned her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. She counseled in St. Louis Public Schools for 12 years at Metro Academic and Classical High School and at Clyde Miller Career Academy. Dr. Brougham’s research article on growth mindset was published in a peer-reviewed journal, Professional School Counseling, in April 2018. She holds professional membership in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Prior to working in education, Dr. Brougham was a business leader for Soft Surroundings and Home Decorators Collection and an advertising manager for Ann Taylor in New York. She has taught courses in Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling, Analysis of the Individual, and Career Development.
Debra Johnson is an associate professor of social work at Lindenwood University. She is a social worker and former police officer with over 37 years of combined service in these fields. She has 23 years of teaching experience at the university level in social work and criminal justice. Her current primary interests are in the areas of social work practice, human diversity, crisis intervention, and intercultural communication. She completed a B.S.W. from Southeast Missouri State University in 1977, an M.S.W. from Washington University in 1979, and an Ed.S. (Educational Specialist in leadership) in 2014 from Lindenwood University. In addition, she graduated from the Greater St. Louis Police Academy in 1983. She was named “Social Worker of the Year” by the Missouri NASW chapter in 2010. She is an active community volunteer. Professor Johnson is a frequent presenter locally, nationally, and internationally on a wide variety of topics.
Holly Karraker holds a Ph.D. in educational studies, a M.A. in special education, and a B.A. in special education from Saint Louis University. She earned Missouri State teacher certifications for school psychological examiner, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and mentally handicapping conditions. Dr. Karraker previously served as the director of the Special Learning Clinic at Saint Louis University, where she gained extensive experience in the assessment and diagnosis of educational disabilities. Dr. Karraker currently serves as an associate professor of counseling at Lindenwood University and leads Lindenwood’s School Psychological Examiner certification program. Dr. Karraker teaches graduate coursework, including Individual Intelligence Testing, Individual Diagnostic Assessment, and Internship in Diagnostic Assessment. Her professional and research interests include educational assessment and implications for students with histories of acute illness and rare disorders.
Marilyn (Denise) King
Dr. Denise King graduated as a Hartford Foundation Geriatric Doctoral Fellow from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University and is also an alumnus of Tennessee State University. She has taught undergraduate social work and graduate social work and gerontology courses for the past 14 years. As an instructor, she has taught a variety of classes, including Intercultural Communications, Human Diversity and Social Justice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Social Welfare Policy, Statistics for the Social Sciences, and Social Work Research Methods. She has a 38-year social work history that includes social work education, research, and direct practice. Dr. King’s experiences include work with a variety of populations, including those with chronic mental illness; older adults; African Americans; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) individuals. In addition, she has a passion for working with older adults, and she has specific expertise in working with the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. King is a member of NASW and was a founding board member of SAGE (Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) Metro St. Louis.
Dr. Carla Mueller has been teaching social work and related subjects at Lindenwood since 1998. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in social work and psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1977); her Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1979); and her Doctorate of Education in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University (2012). She completed the Management Development Institute at Harvard University (2014). Dr. Mueller is a practicing licensed clinical social worker and a Council on Social Work Education site visitor. Her research interests include lifelong learning and increasing resiliency. She has over 40 years of social work practice experience, primarily in child welfare and counseling. In addition to direct service social work and higher education, Dr. Mueller has been an administrator, supervisor, trainer, and consultant at a variety of social service agencies in Illinois and Missouri. While teaching, she has been actively practicing as an EAP counselor, crisis interventionist, and trainer for the past 12 years.
Sarah Patterson-Mills, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and formerly a 7-12th certified school counselor. She earned her master’s degree in human development counseling from Saint Louis University in 2002. In 2010, she earned her doctorate in counseling and family therapy from Saint Louis University. Her passion for the learning process is one she loves to share among her students and encourages growth of professional development and identity through action in the field of counseling and school counseling.
Dr. Pavone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Saint Louis University, an M.S. degree in psychology from Capella University, and a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Grand Canyon University. In addition, Dr. Pavone has completed a graduate certificate in organizational behavior management from Harvard University as well as a certificate in online teaching and learning from Duke University. Dr. Pavone is on the board of directors for the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis, the president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Special Interest Group in Open Educational Resources, the lead event coordinator for the Organizational Behavior Management Network, and a Level Two Google Educator. Dr. Pavone enjoys spreading her passion for behavior analysis to students in the Behavior Analysis program and to the local community.
Michael S. Rankins, Ph.D., LPC, received his doctoral degree in 2008 from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. A former intern of both Victim Service Council and the Masters & Johnson Institute in St. Louis, Dr. Rankins was a graduate assistant to Dr. Mark Pope during his term as President of the American Counseling Association. He served as a prevention coordinator with St. Louis Effort For AIDS, a counselor with Hyland Behavioral Health at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, and as assistant director of student life at UMSL. He was also founder and director of the Student Life Resource Centers at UMSL. In the early months of 2008, he received an award for a co-authored article published in “AdultSpan,” the journal of the Association for Adult Development and Aging. Later in 2008, he joined the faculty at Lindenwood University as an assistant professor in the Division of Professional and School Counseling, and he went on to assume the role of assistant dean in 2014. He continues to be involved in advocacy and community outreach, and also remains dedicated to those affected by HIV/AIDS. He is currently completing a book focused on his experiences with marriage-equality efforts in San Francisco.