Counseling Program Faculty

Counseling Faculty

ELC Counseling Program Faculty (left to right):
Dr. Samir Patel, Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, Dr. Alan Bakes, Dr. Susana Bloomdahl, Dr. Justin Brogan

Counseling Program Coordinator
Dr. Samir H. Patel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
3218 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
270-809-6123
spatel4@murraystate.edu

Samir H. Patel, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the counseling program and earned his doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida in 2010. He is the past-president of the Kentucky Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Research interests include (a) the promotion of evidence-based practices in counselor education, (b) exploring outcome factors of the supervisory working alliance, and (c) improving treatment outcomes for juvenile sex offenders. Dr. Patel's Vitae

Counseling Clinic Coordinator
Dr. Alan Bakes, Ph.D., LPCC
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
3228 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
270-809-5313
abakes@murraystate.edu

Alan Bakes has been teaching counselor education at Murray State University since 2005 and holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling (Ph.D.) and a Master's of Counseling (M.Coun.) from Idaho State University. He is primarily responsible for teaching individual and group counseling skills, career counseling, and counseling ethics, as well as supervising practicum and internship. Professionally, he has provided personal counseling and career counseling at both university and small community counseling settings. Areas of scholarly interest include counselor supervision, career development and counseling skill training.

School Counseling Program Coordinator
Dr. Susana Contreras Bloomdahl, Ph.D., NCC
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Counselor Education
3246 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
270-809-6968
sbloomdahl@murraystate.edu

Susana Contreras Bloomdahl, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the counseling program at Murray State University. She has earned her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Arkansas in 2007. Originally from El Salvador but raised in South Louisiana, Dr. Bloomdahl has knowledge and experience in cultural diversity issues. She has worked with the minority populations within the school systems of New Orleans, Louisiana, and with the immigrant student populations in Northwest Arkansas. Her areas of expertise are in Multicultural Counseling and School Counseling. Dr. Bloomdahl's Vitae

Practicum & Internship Coordinator
Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
3220 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
270-809-6905
rpender@murraystate.edu

Rebecca Pender Baum received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University and her M.S.Ed, in Community Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Before joining the faculty at Murray State University, she worked as a counselor with children, adolescents, and adults at Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho, a small organization that facilitates services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Over this past summer, she worked with the H Group of Illinois providing crisis counseling services and assessments. She is the current president of the Kentucky Association for Specialist in Group Work. Her scholarly and research interests include mental health counseling, play therapy, marriage, couple and family counseling, trauma and crisis work, group work, and supervision. Rebecca currently serves as the Practicum and Internship Coordinator for the Counseling Program. Specialty Areas: Play Therapy, Crisis and Trauma, Substance Abuse, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling, Group Counseling. Dr. Pender's Vitae

Recruitment Coordinator
Dr. Justin Brogan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
3216 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
270-809-2797
jbrogan@murraystate.edu

Justin Brogan received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and from Regent University and a M.A. in Community Counseling from Grace University. After graduation he worked as a counselor for the State of Iowa where he assisted to create the counseling program and developed behavior support plans for people with developmental disabilities. In 2009 he accepted a full-time teaching position and opened a private practice specializing in youth with behavioral issues, family therapy, and individual counseling. Additionally, he specializes in suicide prevention education and providing supervision and consultation for suicidal and crisis situations. His scholarly and research interests include counselor education pedagogy, generational trends, communication styles, and suicide education prevention. Dr. Brogan's Vitae

Graduate Assistant
Jasmine YoungCourtney Bell
Graduate Assistant for Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling

cbell8@murraystate.edu
212 Alexander Hall
(270)809-2678

Courtney Bell is from Benton, Illinois. She is working as a Graduate Assistant for the Murray State Counseling Program. In 2015 she earned her undergraduate degree at Murray State University. She received her B.S. in NonProfit Leadership Studies with a minor in Special Education. Courtney is working on a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at Murray State. She has a strong interest in working with children, adolescents and the family system.
Counselor Education Program Advisory Board

Advisory Board

2016-2017

Left to Right: Jonathan Durr, Mindy Rose, Tonya Brockwell, Becky Miller
Not Pictured: Jasmine Young, Catherine Sames