Biosketches of Wellness Symposium Presenters
Nancy Goodman is a licensed counselor with over 15 years experience in career and mental health counseling. She has been a career counselor, mental health counselor, and addictions counselor, in addition to writing a weekly column called Fumbling Toward Serenity that ran in the Idaho State Journal and Blackfoot Morning News from 2008-2012. She has presented on the Hero's Journey and other wellness subjects throughout the Pocatello area, and was the facilitator of the Mythological RoundTable Group of Pocatello in 2013. Nancy is currently an ISU Academic Advisor focusing on undecided students, and maintains a private practice. When she's not exploring the mysteries of the hero's journey with a flashlight, she enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter Lorelei.
Julie Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works as the Counseling Coordinator for Idaho State University's Counseling, Testing, and Career Services in Idaho Falls. She received her Bachelor's in Occupational Therapy in 1992 from the University of North Dakota and her Master of Counseling in 2007 from Idaho State University. Since graduating she has worked with a variety of clientele in private practice, state agencies and acute hospital inpatient settings. As the Counseling Coordinator of Counseling, Testing and Career Services in Idaho Falls, she provides personal, couple's and career counseling for both traditional and non-traditional students and teaches a variety of classes on the Idaho Falls and Pocatello campuses. Julie has also served as President for the Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association.
Dr. Steven Lawyer is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in 2002 after completing his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Internship Training Consortium. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to conducting research on laboratory models of impulsive decision-making with particular focus on sexual decisions, he maintains an interest in research on anxiety and trauma. Every fall, Dr. Lawyer teaches a graduate seminar in psychopathology and treatment to students in the ISU doctoral program in clinical psychology where he promotes an empirical approach to the advancement of effective treatments for psychological problems.
Jennifer Miesch is a psychologist at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Service. Prior to joining ISU, she completed her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at University of Oregon. Her primary interests are in career and life transitions, multicultural counseling, and mindfulness practices.
Rick Pongratz is a psychologist at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Service. Prior to joining ISU he completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University and his doctoral internship at Colorado State University. Rick regularly supervises master's and Ph.D. level trainees, assists in the coordination of ISU's SafeZone, and teaches courses on HIV/AIDS, Human Sexuality, and diversity. Rick specializes in diversity issues, group counseling, and HIV prevention.
Bryan Gee is currently a PhD candidate at Idaho State University with a concentration in instructional design and technology. He currently holds degrees from Idaho State University (MEd), University of St. Augustine (OTD), and D'Youville College (BS/MS). Dr. Gee currently holds the AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics, is certified in USC/WPS's Sensory Integration Praxis Test, Level I and Level II Certified by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, and is an ULEND alumni. Currently, he is the Occupational Therapy Program Director and Associate Professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Dr. Gee has presented and published research related to sensory based interventions, practice patterns of pediatric occupational therapists and sound based interventions, and parent education/training and sensory processing. Currently, he is completing his dissertation exploring the effectiveness of reusable learning objects related to A SECRET (a parental problem solving approach) with 1st therapy students. Dr. Gee's research interests include sensory based interventions, practice patterns of occupational therapists, reusable learning objects, e-learning, and occupational therapy education.
Dr. Cameron Staley is a staff psychologist at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Service. His responsibilities include providing individual, couples, and group therapy along with crisis intervention to ISU students. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for the psychology department and supervises graduate students providing clinical services. Dr. Staley completed his psychology internship at Brigham Young University's Counseling and Psychological Services with a focus on integrating spirituality in therapy.
Dr. Lance Erickson is the Director of the Career Center at Idaho State University. He has worked at the Career Center since 2004 and has seen over 3500 individuals for career counseling. He earned an Associate of Arts from Ricks College; a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University; a Master of Counseling emphasizing Student Affairs and College Counseling from Idaho State University; and Doctor of Education from Idaho State University. He is passionate about helping people find educational and career paths that help them meet their personal goals and potential.
Brady Cook is a native of Idaho, growing up near the small town of Rupert. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010 with a Minor in Political Science. He went on to receive his Master of Counseling degree with an emphasis in Student Affairs in 2012. During his educational studies at Idaho State University he found his passion for helping students, especially in assisting students in finding and achieving their career and life goals. He gained many great experiences as a counseling intern for both the ISU Career Center and the Center for New Directions during his graduate studies. Brady is overjoyed about being a Career Counselor for the ISU Career Center. He is blessed with an amazing spouse of over 5 years and a son that joined them in January of this year.
Marlene Darling, LPC, NCC, is the Equity Counselor at the Center for New Directions at Idaho State University, where she manages the nontraditional occupation student resources and provides career and mental health counseling to College of Technology students and community members with a work or school goal. She received her Bachelor's of Sociology at UC Berkeley and her Masters of Counseling Degree at Idaho State University and specializes in the areas of career and wellness. She has been a certified hatha yoga instructor for 25 years and currently teaches for the Sport Science & Physical Education Department at ISU.
Dianne Norton is a L.C.P.C. and is a counselor at the Center for New Directions. She has worked in the area of career and mental health for many years. She enjoys helping people to discover and achieve their potential. She earned a Bachelor's of Science (Psychology) at Boise State University and then a Master of Counseling at Idaho State University. She has been happily employed at the Center for New Directions for the past 23 years.
Paula Seikel earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas, interned at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth KS, and worked in a rural community mental health center. She was a psychologist and practicum coordinator at the Counseling Service at Washington State University prior to coming to ISU Counseling and Testing Service, where she provides counseling and supervises practicum students. In 2008, she spent a sabbatical semester studying ways to integrate mindfulness practices into psychotherapy and attended the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction weeklong training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. With Julie Thompson, she co-teaches a class for the Division of Health Sciences exploring the uses of mindfulness in the health sciences.