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.
Dr. Hanson is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a B.S. degree in psychology from Central Michigan University, an M.A. degree in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Endicott College. Dr. Hanson previously worked as a practitioner in the field of ABA for approximately 15 years and her applied areas of interest include co-morbid diagnoses, functional behavior assessment and analysis, and severe maladaptive behavior. In addition to her faculty position with Lindenwood University, she is a research associate with the Verbal Behavior Research Laboratory at California State University, Sacramento and serves as the secretary for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group within the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Her research interests include the quantitative analysis of behavior, stimulus control, stimulus equivalence, verbal behavior, and bidirectional naming.
Megan is both a certified School Counselor (7-12) and Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) in the state of Missouri. She earned her B.A. from Pitzer College, her MS.Ed. in counseling and mental health services from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in counselor education from UMSL. Megan’s school counseling focus is on college counseling in public high schools and identifying ways to support teen parents with their postsecondary planning. As a therapist, she has worked in private practices with individuals and couples and at a non-profit providing counseling to immigrants and refugees. She has also provided clinical supervision to counseling students since 2016. As a qualitative feminist researcher, she is focused on postpartum mental health and ways to make counseling more accessible to new parents. Before starting her career as a counselor, she taught elementary school in rural Mississippi, worked in higher education, was the director of congregational care at a Methodist church, and conducted research in Botswana and Nepal as an Environmental Studies major and Anthropology minor.
Agata Freedle, Ph.D. is a board certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Stirling, Scotland and her M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University. In 2020, she earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She holds a certificate in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a model of clinical problem solving for individuals who have experienced trauma. NMT allows for better understanding of the impact traumatic events have on individuals’ brain development and informs treatment that is developmentally and neurobiologically sensitive. She has used this model in clinical practice working with children, adolescents and emerging adults who were at risk of placement disruption. She also has expertise and passion for helping individuals with reproductive trauma and associated mental health concerns, especially those related to perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss), postpartum adjustment and adjustment to life with young children.
Ken Kubicek received his PhD in Counseling & Family Therapy from St. Louis University, his M.S. in Secondary Education/Mathematics, and his B.S. in Applied Math & Computer Science, both from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. In Illinois, he is a licensed clinical professional counselor. He has worked as a high school teacher, business manager, retreat house coordinator, counselor, and clinical supervisor. He has been a staff member and co-director of the Illinois Teen Institute on Substance Abuse and a staff member of Operation Snowball, both peer leadership and drug abuse prevention programs for teenagers. He served on staff at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois as the clinical supervisor in the Outpatient Mental Health and Counseling Program and the Employee Assistance Program. He volunteered as a debriefer on the Memorial Hospital Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team. He currently is an Associate Professor in the Education and Counseling Division at the Lindenwood University Belleville, Illinois campus. During the Viet Nam war, he served in the US Army at HHC, 502nd ASA Group in Augsburg, Germany.
Claire Martin serves as core faculty in the counseling program at Lindenwood University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the CUNY-Brooklyn College, an M.A. in Psychology from the CUNY-Hunter College, and an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UMSL. Her research focuses on the impact of racism and oppressive practices on mental health. Her overall research agenda aims at developing culturally sensitive and trauma-informed counselors. Claire has presented nationally and internationally on social justice issues. In 2019 she received the Counseling Fellowship in Social Justice Award from UMSL. Claire is also a Nationally Board Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri with extensive clinical experience with complex trauma. Claire holds a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and practices as a trauma therapist at her private practice in Missouri. Prior to her clinical work, Claire worked in Quality Assurance for Children’s Services in New York City, evaluating nonprofit agencies servicing immigrant and refugee families.
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.
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.
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.