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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.

Judith A. Crews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling

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.

Elizabeth 'Liz' Doughty Horn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling

Office: ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

(208) 373-1718

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

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, a resident faculty member for the Department of Counseling at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. Before coming to ISU I worked as a counselor in a residential mental health rehabilitation facility and in a community counseling center. Additionally, I have worked with the public school system as a grief counselor. My research interests include issues of loss and grief and multicultural awareness. Specifically I am interested in the current trends relating to bereavement grief, religious and spiritual issues in counseling, and approaches to working with clients from different cultural backgrounds.

My free time usually includes spending time with friends, traveling, and watching old movies. I am originally from Texas and love my native state but call the Boise area my new home. Feel free to contact me through email or over the phone. I hope to speak with you soon!

Randy Astramovich, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

Christian Chan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall

(208) 282-2413

Specialty Areas: Intersectionality of Social and Cultural Identity; Multiculturalism in Counseling, Supervision, and Counselor Education; Social Justice; Career Development; Critical research Methods; Acculturative Stress; Intergenerational Conflict and Cultural Factors in Identity Development and Socialization.

Ph.D., 2017, The George Washington University
M.A., 2013, The George Washington University
B.A., 2010, University of Notre Dame

I am proud and honored to serve as an Assistant Professor of Counseling with the Idaho State University community. As a scholar-activist, my scholarly interests revolve around intersectionality of cultural and social identity; multiculturalism in counseling, supervision, and counselor education; social justice; career development; critical research methods; acculturative stress; intergenerational conflict; and cultural factors in identity development and socialization. My prior professional experiences include working as a case manager with foster care adolescents, career development, higher education administration, intensive outpatient counseling, and outpatient counseling, providing individual, couples, parent-child, group, and family counseling services.

I am also a proud advocate of counselor professional identity and professional advocacy across settings and specialties (e.g., clinical mental health; school; couples, marriage, and family; rehabilitation; career; addictions), and I proudly identify as a Queer Person of Color. I have served in multiple professional counseling associations as a voting member on executive boards and committee chair or member for the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC), Chi Sigma Iota (CSI),  International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Maryland Counseling Association (MCA), and Virginia Counselors Association (VCA). Due to my passion for mentorship, collaboration, professional identity development, and advocacy, I continue to prioritize my contributions as a counselor educator, leader in the counseling profession, scholar, and mentor to future counseling professionals, especially relational perspectives in mentoring. As much as I love scholarly activity, I indulge largely in my interests in tennis, dance, and Notre Dame Football (Go Irish!).

Steven Moody, Ph.D.

Assistant 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.

Assistant 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.

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall 718

(208) 282-3158

Specialty Areas: Clinical Mental Health 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 fall 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. Before coming to ISU I worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor in Kent, Ohio. I also was a part-time instructor at Kent State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Youngstown State University.

My counseling experience includes working with individuals with substance abuse disorders, batterers and survivors of domestic violence, families, and as a generalist treating many diverse client issues. I enjoyed working in community agencies that served marginalized and impoverished populations. I have a strong pull to service for my community and a passion for helping its members that are in greatest need.

My research interests include evidence-based practice in counseling, client-focused outcome evaluation, and the treatment of individuals with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. My work in evidence-based practice and client-focused outcome evaluation involves the study of how mental health professionals can track the effectiveness of interventions. My goal in this area of study is to learn how to make client-focused outcome evaluation a valuable clinical and training tool.

My personal interests include hiking, camping, skiing and golfing. I am excited to live so close to so many wonderful outdoor activities including the national parks of Yellowstone and the Tetons.

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!


Kristen Lister, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Professional Development Workshop Coordinator Counseling

Office: Garrison Hall 717

Specialty Areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Career Counseling, School Counseling

Ph.D., 2016, Idaho State University
M.Coun., 2011, Idaho State University
B.A., 1993, Indiana University-Bloomington

I am thrilled to be a part of ISU’s Department of Counseling. In my position as Clinical Assistant Professor, I serve as clinic director for the ISU-Pocatello Counseling Clinic and coordinator for the department’s professional development workshops and study abroad programs. I am a licensed professional counselor and my previous clinical experience includes providing mental health and career counseling in agency and university settings. I have proudly served in state and national positions for the American Mental Health Counseling Association as well as Chi Sigma Iota. My professional and research areas of interest include professional identity and advocacy, counselor training, clinical supervision, and multicultural issues in counseling.

If you have any questions about our clinic, professional development workshops, or would like general information about our program, feel free to contact me.  

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Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 373-1717

Dr. Judith Crews
Associate Professor


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