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David M. Kleist, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor

Office: Garrison Hall Room 716

(208) 282-4315

Specialty Areas: Family and Couples Counseling, Instructional Theory, and Counseling Ethics

Ph.D., 1995, Southern Illinois University
M.A., 1991, Governors State University
B.A., 1987, University of Wisconsin-Madison

My broad scholarly interests include Qualitative research, instructional theory, couple and family counseling, and ethics. More specifically, I am interested in the influences of postmodern philosophy on the areas above (i.e., use of reflecting teams, social constructionist theory) and its impact on the future of counselor education. Additionally, I am concerned with increasing the field's awareness of the importance of training counselors in the skills of prevention as well as remediation (i.e., treatment) and who (and whose interests) will influence the future of counselor education.

In my free time, I enjoy golfing, skiing, hiking, spending time with my wife, daughter and son, listening to Bob Dylan, and of course, obsessing about the Green Bay Packers (I am originally from Wisconsin). Feel free to call or e-mail me for further information.

Elizabeth 'Liz' Doughty Horn, Ph.D.

Department Associate Chair and Professor of Counseling

Office: ISU Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center Room 516D

(208) 373-1718

Specialty Areas: Issues of Loss and Grief, Mental Health Counseling

Ph.D., 2006, Texas A&M University-Commerce
M.A., 1998, Sam Houston State University
B.S., 1996, East Texas State University

I'm Dr. Liz Horn (she/her), a resident faculty member for the Department of Counseling at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. My primary research focus relates to issues of grief and loss. Specifically I am interested in the current trends relating to bereavement grief and everyday losses. It is my hope that grief and loss principles will someday be included in the counseling curriculum. As such, I am a member of the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) Grief and Loss Competencies Task Force. Despite my interest in grief and loss, my research agenda is usually more defined by my doctoral students' interests. I have guided dissertations and articles surrounding everything from issues of social justice to curriculum in group work. I truly love working with students to find their own passion in research and while my grief and loss work sometimes takes a back seat to their pursuits I am gratified to work with burgeoning scholars who are seeking their own path.

My free time usually includes spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching old movies. I am originally from Texas and love my native state but have found a wonderful life here in Idaho. I can be found on a Sunday rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and making sure to pretend I also like the Packers for my Department Chair's sake. Feel free to contact me through email or over the phone. I hope to speak with you soon!

Randy Astramovich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall 719

(208) 282-3075

Specialty Areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools, Counseling Program Evaluation Methods, Research and Evaluation Training of Counselors, Professional Identity Issues in Counseling, and Self-Advocacy in Counseling

Ph.D., 2000, University of North Texas
M.Ed., 1994, University of North Texas
B.A., 1990, University of North Texas

Dr. Randy Astramovich rejoined the Department of Counseling in 2015 and he currently serves as coordinator for the school counseling program. His background includes experience in mental health counseling and professional school counseling. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and the book, Organizing & Evaluating Data-Driven School Counseling Programs. His research has appeared in leading counseling journals including Journal of Counseling & Development, Counselor Education & Supervision, Professional School Counseling, Journal for Child & Adolescent Counseling, and Journal for LGBT Issues in Counseling. Dr. Astramovich has served in numerous national roles, most recently as Founding President of the Association for Child & Adolescent Counseling.

Steven Moody, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall 721

(208) 282-2304

Specialty Areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Couples Counseling, Experiential Learning, and Counseling Supervision

Ph.D., 2012, Idaho State University
M.Coun., 2007, Idaho State University
B.S., 1996, University of Wyoming

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and the Marriage, Couple, and Family Program Coordinator. As a counselor, I have always valued taking a systems perspective when working with clients. I enjoy exploring the intricacies of systems work with students in several courses.

I have been a faculty member in the department since 2014 and prior to that I was a full-time faculty member at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL for two years. My teaching experience has spanned across CACREP-core and MCFC and CMHC specialization courses. My current academic interests include research methodology and experiential learning in counselor education. Additionally, I have enjoyed teaching several workshops on clinical supervision in Malaysia and leading a travel abroad experience near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. My favorite memories as a counselor educator revolve around getting to know my students and helping them become the counselors and counselor educators they want to be.

In addition to my work as a counselor educator, I have been a licensed professional counselor since 2007 and particularly enjoy working with college students, couples, and individuals presenting with mood disorders. I enjoy spending my free time with my family in the great outdoors. I have found the forests and rivers in Idaho to be my primary source for self-care!

Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall 723

(208) 282-3769

Specialty Areas: Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling, Trauma-Informed Counseling, Anxiety & Stress Management

Ph.D., 2014, Georgia State University
M.Ed., 2009, University of Georgia
B.A., 2007, Georgia State University

I am Leslie Stewart. I happily joined the ISU Department of Counseling in fall 2014. Before coming to ISU, I worked as a counselor and student support service provider in a college counseling center in the metro Atlanta area. Additionally, I have worked in a juvenile detention center and as a certified instructor of therapeutic horsemanship. I teach a variety of core CACREP courses, Clinical Mental Health Counseling track courses, and Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling courses. My scholarly interests include animal assisted interventions in both counseling and counselor education, crisis response and trauma-informed counseling, and anxiety and stress management. Further, I am interested in counselor training with a variety of experiential and expressive modalities.

In my free time, I enjoy outdoor recreation (hiking, kayaking, backpacking, camping, etc.), spending time with my family and loved ones (which of course includes my animals!), and traveling. I am an Atlanta native, but am grateful to call the beautiful state of Idaho my new home. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone.

Chad Yates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall 718

(208) 282-3158

Specialty Areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addictions Counseling

Ph.D., Kent State University (2012)
M.A., The University of Toledo (2008)
B.A., The University of Toledo (2005)

My name is Dr. Chad Yates. I joined the ISU Department of Counseling in 2013. I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University and my M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of Toledo. At ISU, I teach Prepracticum Counseling Techniques, Addictions Counseling, Group Counseling Techniques, Small Group Activity, and Advanced Psychological Testing and Assessment. I also supervise students within our practicum course.

My research interests include educational practices in addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders. I also research the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) within counseling and addictions counseling. For a description of my current research and past research, please visit my ResearchGate page.

I enjoy providing service to ISU and my campus community. I currently serve as a Faculty Senator for ISU and as a board member of the ISU Human Subjects Committee. I also coordinate the ISU Safe Space Program. ISU's Safe Space program fosters an inclusive environment that challenges oppression and supports LGBTQ+ students by providing education and resources for faculty and staff at ISU committed to inclusion and equity. For more information about ISU's Safe Space Program and upcoming trainings, please visit our Facebook page.

I am fortunate to serve as the Counseling Coordinator of ISU’s Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders (NWCFD). The NWCFD offers a two-week interprofessional intensive stuttering clinic for adolescents and adults who stutter, which is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Counseling at Idaho State University. This unique clinic is the first of its kind in the world that has Speech Language Pathologists and Counselors working together to treat the holistic needs of clients who stutter through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based mental health approach. Please visit our website for more information.

My personal interests include hiking, camping, skiing, and golfing. I love living close to Yellowstone and Teton National Park. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want further information on our program or the counseling profession. I look forward to speaking with you!



Jennifer Hightower, Ph.D., MS, NCC

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Office: ISU Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center

Specialty Areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling, Crisis Intervention.

Ph.D., 2021, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S., 2018, Georgia State University
B.S., 2016, University of North Georgia

My name is Jennifer Hightower (she/her), and I joined the ISU Department of Counseling in 2021. I received my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University. My primary research interests include multicultural and social justice counseling, with a focus on working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, and suicidality. I currently serve as an editorial board member for Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, membership chair for RMACES and ICA, and a Counselor Education & Supervision Fellow.


Ngonidzashe Mpofu, Ph.D., NCC, CRC, CCMHC

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall Room 720

(208) 282-2413

Specialty Areas: Clinical Rehabilitation, Clinical Mental Health in Schools and Communities, Workplace Wellbeing, Multicultural Competencies.

Ph.D., 2021, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Ed., 2017, Pennsylvania State University-University Park
B.S., 2011, Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Dr. Ngonidzashe Mpofu joins the ISU Department of Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, Fall 2021. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a Doctoral Minor in Educational Psychology, Human Development emphasis, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She also received her M.Ed. in both Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health in Schools and Communities from the Pennsylvania State University. Her primary line of research is workplace wellbeing with a secondary focus on work-related substance (ab)use and resulting disability formation. She enjoys working with specific populations, including adolescents, people with disabilities, indigenous populations, and women.

During her free time, Ngoni enjoys reading mystery novels, listening to an eclectic playlist of music from around the globe, walking in the great outdoors, and cooking and baking. You will probably find some homemade brownies, English scones or cupcakes in the department kitchen every now and then. Please, help yourself along with your cup of coffee or tea! :) 


Renee C. Howells, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Meridian Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Director

Office: ISU Meridian Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center Room 557C

(208) 373-1944

Specialty Areas: Disability; Deafhood; Crisis & Trauma Intervention.

Ph.D., 2018, Idaho State University
M.A., 2015, Gonzaga University
B.S., 2013, The College of Idaho

My name is Dr. Renee Howells. I have worked as a counselor educator for the past three years, and it has been a pleasure to join the team at ISU in the summer of 2021. I am a resident faculty member for the Department of Counseling at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. In addition to my role as an assistant professor, I serve as the Clinical Director for our Counseling Clinic.

My primary research interests center on topics of advocacy and accessibility in mental health and higher education. I am particularly passionate about disability inclusion and cultural representation; with a focus on working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. Much of my scholarship and clinical expertise surround the phenomenon of crisis, trauma, and disaster counseling and intervention.

As a counselor educator I value relationship, mentorship, and growth. This value translates into my own clinical practices as a mental health counselor. I have been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Idaho since 2016. I have a small private practice, Painted Sage Counseling and Consultation, where I enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life.

When I am not at work, I can likely be found spending time in nature, with my loved ones, or creating art. I am an avid outdoor recreationist and animal lover. Hiking, camping, and traveling are a few activities that regularly bring me joy. I also enjoy dabbling in artistic endeavors; I feel grateful to live in such a beautiful place to inspire creativity. I look forward to exploring all that Idaho has to offer and to cultivating community in the greater Boise area.

Faculty Shawn Parmanand

Shawn P. Parmanand, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Professional Development Coordinator

Office: Garrison Hall Room 717

(208) 282-1431

Specialty Areas: Couples Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Infertility Counseling and Support; Gatekeeping and Remediation in Counselor Education

Ph.D., 2010, Idaho State University
M.Coun., 2007, Idaho State University
B.A., 2004, Idaho State University

Hi, I’m Shawn Parmanand. I have been a full time Counselor Educator for over ten years, working full time in a Marriage, Couple, and Family program along with a new faculty appointment in an online Mental Health Counseling program. I am excited for the opportunity to join the Idaho State University Counseling Department as Clinical Director and coordinator for the department’s professional development workshops on a part-time basis.

I derive a lot of personal meaning in being both an educator and practicing clinician. In additional to the above roles, I enjoy most being a father and husband. Many of my self-care activities revolve around engaging in family activities including camping, attending concerts, and less structured time together spent playing and watching movies.  I look forward to contributing to the growth of the Pocatello Counseling Clinic and to connecting with students and clinicians in the surrounding region.

Lance Erickson, Ph.D.

Lance Erickson, Ph.D.

Affiliate Faculty

Office: Museum Building #418


Specialty Areas: Student Affairs and College Counseling, Career Development, Career Assessments, Mental Health, Supervision

Ed.D., 2012, Idaho State University

M.Coun., 2004, Idaho State University

B.A. 1994, Brigham Young University

I am the Director of the Career Center here at Idaho State University. I also coordinate the Student Affairs Counseling track, and I teach the Student Affairs and College Counseling courses within the program. I also teach the Lifestyle and Career Development course and an undergraduate course on Career and Life Planning as well. I have a passion for college student development, student development theories, careers in college student services, and the career development process.

I belong to regional, state and national organizations related to Career Counseling and Student Affairs. I have presented on a variety of career-related topics to diverse audiences, and I have researched the importance of faculty advising in a college setting.

I would love to talk with any students about the Student Affairs track, and provide specific information about the wonderful opportunities and lifestyle of working on a college or university campus. Contact me at

Emeritus Faculty

Virginia Allen

Virginia B. Allen, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita

Ed.D., 1981, University of South Dakota
M.Ed., 1978, South Dakota State University
B.A., 1974, University of Montana

Specialty Areas: Psychological Testing, Research, School Counseling

Hi! I am an Emeritus Professor from the Department of Counseling. I came to ISU in 1981 and my specialties included psychological testing, research and school counseling. I am active in state, regional and national professional associations. I have authored articles in the areas of ethics and play therapy supervision, and most recently authored a successful book "Counseling in the Family Law System”. A Professional Counselor’s Guide. 


Judith A. Crews, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Office: ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

(208) 373-1717

Specialty Areas: Counseling Theory and Process Practicum, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Practice, Community Counseling Theory and Practice, Career Counseling, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology

Ph.D., 1999, University of Nevada, Reno
M. A., 1996, University of Nevada, Reno
B.A., 1993, University of Nevada, Reno

I'm Dr. Judith Crews, a resident faculty member for the Department of Counseling at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. My areas of specialty include couple and family counseling and mental health counseling. Prior to coming to ISU, I worked in both private practice and in a community counseling agency setting as a mental health and couple and family counselor. My scholarly and research interests include counselor education, developmental models of supervision, family systems theory and practice, grief counseling, and certain aspects of human motivation and goal attainment. One of my non-academic goals is the pursuit of nationally uniform licensing for the counseling profession.

I look forward to working with you.

Thomas R. Edgar, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus

B.S., Washington State University, 1950

B.Ed., Washington State University, 1953

M.A., University of Wyoming, 1965

Ed.D., University of Wyoming, 1965

Specialty Areas: Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, Consultation/Organizational Development, Consultation with Parents and Teachers, Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology and Design, Practicum Supervision.

Dr. Edgar started with ISU in September 1966. He retired in May 1988.

Tom opened the first open-forum family education center in the state of Idaho; he would go on to open others - one in Boise, and some in more rural parts of the state.

After leaving ISU, Dr. Edgar was teaching for Boston University in West Berlin in its overseas graduate program. He started in the overseas program during the 1986-1987 school year and taught the first quarter in Belgium; the second quarter in Italy; and the third quarter in Germany. During the 1987-88 school year, he also taught at different locations in Europe.

Stephen Feit

Stephen S. Feit, Ed.D.

Faculty Emeritus

Ed.D., 1973, West Virginia University
M.A., 1970; West Virginia University
B.A., 1969, University of New Hampshire

Specialty Areas: Counseling Techniques, Career Counseling, Counseling Supervision

I was raised in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Sociology. I then decided that I wanted to attend graduate school in a very different part of the country so I enrolled at West Virginia University in Counseling where I received my Masters and Doctorate. Having enjoyed the experience of living in a very different environment from the one I was raised, I moved out West to Idaho where I have lived for over thirty years.

Professionally, I am interested in supervision, particularly where it relates to prepracticum/practicum supervision, career development (especially with children), and I'm also interested in Counselor Education professional issues such as accreditation and licensure. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I also Chaired the Program Committee for the 2002 National ACES Conference which was held in Park City, Utah in October, 2002. I have served as Chair of the ACES Research Committee, and I served as President of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision for 2003-2004. My most rewarding professional experiences have been as a team member and chair of several CACREP site visits. I currently serve on the CACREP Board of Directors.

In summary, I can think of no better occupation for me than Counselor Education and I look forward to meeting you.

Arthur Lloyd

Arthur P. Lloyd, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., 1965, University of Wyoming
M.S., 1962, Central Missouri State University
B.S., 1961, Central Missouri State University

Specialty Areas: Student Affairs in College Counseling, Counseling Theories

In addition to my education listed directly above, I have also completed numerous workshops, courses, and training experiences subsequent to my graduate education. Throughout my career, I regularly attended the American Counseling Association national conferences, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision regional and national conferences, and the American College Personnel Association national conferences, and related state meetings.

Experience: I taught counselor education courses for three U.S. programs (Montana State University, Springfield College, and Idaho State University) and in some foreign universities when I have been on sabbatical leaves or on Fulbright Professor leaves. During my career I usually held administrative positions along with my teaching positions. My main teaching interests are counseling theories, college counseling, and professional issues (although I have taught almost all of the counselor education courses at one time or another).

Scholarly Interests: I have written books and articles in a wide variety of counselor education areas (in U.S. and foreign publications). I am very interested in program development and have consulted with various U.S. and foreign universities about building strong counselor education programs and meeting accreditation standards.

Leisure Interests: Travel: (1956-1971) During my college years and the first five years of my career, I traveled throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Prior to marrying in 1960, I usually hitchhiked or traveled with college buddies. (1971-1983) My wife, my children, and I traveled throughout Europe on our summer vacations, plus one six-month-long trip around the world. (1984-1997) Beginning with two Fulbright Professor appointments in 1984-85 and 1987, we started our annual trips to Southeast Asia and Malaysia. Thus far our longest trip has been 14 months, we have had two eight-month-long trips, and the shortest trips have been 3 months long. While in Malaysia we have traveled to Cambodia, Laos, Burma, VietNam, Indonesia, India, Nepal, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Brunei, and Thailand. (1998-2001) During this period we have continued our trips to Southeast Asia plus two three-month long trips to Eastern Europe, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.

Beginning December 2001, my wife and I retired and have increased our travels to about 10-1/2 to 11 months per year. During 2002-2006 we have had numerous foreign junkets including: 3-4 months in England, 2 months in the Greek Islands, 2 months in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, 2 months in Rome and Tuscany, Italy, and 5 three-month-long trips to Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Indonesia (Bali and Yogykarta), Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, etc. Plus we will spend 2 months per year in Hawaii (mid-December to mid-February) to rest from our travels.

As Professor Emeritus I still maintain an office in the department where I continue my professional interests whenever I am in Pocatello and I enjoy staying in contact with my colleagues via email.

Reading: Currently my leisure reading interests seem to focus on historical mysteries, like the Brother Cadfael series or some of Elizabeth Peters books set in Egypt, or travel adventures. I also like to read about the origin of humans such as the Ancestor's Tale.