Counseling Program Faculty
Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum
Counseling Program Coordinator and Practicum and Internship Coordinator
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
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. She is the current vice president of the Kentucky Counseling Association. 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. Justin Brogan
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Human Services Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
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. Susana Contreras Bloomdahl
School Counseling Program Coordinator
Assistant Dean and Professor of Counselor Education
Susana Contreras Bloomdahl, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Education and Human Services. 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. Samir Patel
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Counselor Education
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.