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The Department of Counseling is pleased to recognize a new assistant professor and her success in earning two speaking engagements at an upcoming conference for counseling professionals. Dr. Jennifer Hightower, a first-year assistant professor in the Department of Counseling in Meridian, will be presenting two workshops at the Sept 2021 Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling in Cincinnati. Both presentations highlight collaborative efforts with colleagues from the University of Tennessee. They are entitled "A Dive into Counseling Intervention Research: Lessons from Published Studies" and "Capturing Client Voice: Using Q Methodology in Counselor Education."
Beverly Hines successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Supervisor Requests for Trainee Feedback: Impacts on the Supervisory Alliance". Congratulations, Dr. Hines.
Pictured is Dr. Hines and family
Aishwarya Joshi, Doctoral Candidate, in a collaborated paper with Dr. Christian Chan and Dr. Lindsdale (Dale) Graham, published in the Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling. Title: Convergences of Oppression for International Racially Minoritized Doctoral Students
Congratulations Amirah Nelson Research Award Recipient
Amirah R. Nelson is a proud recipient of the Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling/Diversity Student Research Award from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. This research grant will help fund her dissertation to fulfill the requirements to earn her PH.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She will explore the processes of how to support and retain Black women that are counselor educators and supervisors at predominately white institutions. Her methodology will use a Qualitative approach that uses Grounded Theory (Charmaz, 2006; Corbin & Strauss, 2015).
Research on Anthrozoological Relationships (ROAR) Lab
The Idaho State University ROAR Lab is a collaborative research team focused on producing and diseminating high-quality empirical, theoretical, and outreach-based works relevant to the therapeutic application of mutually-beneficial human-animal relationships. The ROAR Lab mission includes promoting ethical best practices, evidence-based standards, humane education, and policymaking relevant to the human-animal bond in wellness; and, supporting and mentoring scholarship in masters and doctoral level students at Idaho State University.
In August of 2021, The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior released a well-researched position statement on the importance of humane rewards-based training for pet wellness. Humane rewards-based training (and avoidance of aversive methods) is already well established as industry best practices in Animal-Assisted Interventions. 
Want to learn more? The ISU Certificate in Animal Assisted Interventions includes in-depth coverage of humane training methods throughout every course in our curriculum. 
Congratulations to Dr. Olivia Ngadjui
Olivia was chosen as Idaho State University's 2021 Commencement Speaker for the Health Sciences and Nursing ceremony. Her message was one of hope as she spoke about the benefits of taking risks and saying "yes" to difficult things. Well done Dr. Ngadjui!
Congratulations to 2021 graduates!
Graduates in Meridian:
Back Row - Dylan Rogers, Matthew Lemons, Isabel Palmer.
Middle Row – Rich Brown, Beverly Hines (Ph.D.), Anna James-Krzemieniecki (Ph.D.), Olivia Ngadjui (Ph.D.), Madeline Quates, Courtney Shephard.
Front Row – Stacey Martinez, Kalin Amende (Ph.D.), Anne McCutcheon. Not Pictured - Benjamin Allan.
Graduates in Pocatello:
Ph.D. – Lindsdale Graham, Brianne Scott, Edson Andrade, Katie Sacco.
Back Row – Caroline Brown, Anna Baird-Udy, Kent Hobbs, Cearden Datoon, Erin Miller, Heather Hunter, Jill Jorgensen, Zach Dixson.
Front Row – Catherine Christiansen, Jan Clark, Daniela Murillo Pantoja, Jennifer Beckstead, Katie Leavitt, Caleb Robbins, McKenzie Hawkins.
Individual Photos: Bryan Anderson, Abigail Koltz-Miller.
Honorary Graduate: Cole Hildebrand (1995-2021)
Assistant Professor Bryan Austin awarded grant.
Dr. Austin has been awarded a $5000 grant through the Office for Research. The grants is titled, “Value and Efficacy of Certification in Health Professions: A Qualitative Analysis of Counselor Perceptions of the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Credential” Congratulations Dr. Austin!
Kalin Amende successfully defended her dissertation entitled "In my experience …”: A Grounded Theory Study Investigating the Integration of Field Experience into Counselor Education Teaching Practices". Congratulations Dr. Amende.
Doctoral Student
Congratulations to Drs. Leslie Stewart and Timothy Hakenewerth's latest article, "Using Holistic and Ethical Practices with Emotional Support Animal Requests" published in the Journal for Creativity in Mental Health.
Abstract: Many professional counselors and the general public are enthusiastic and curious about the role of animals in mental health. In particular, professional counselors face a growing demand for professional counsensus guidelines to ethically and appropriately respond to emotional supoprt animal (ESA) documentation requests. In this article, the authors clarify helper animal taxonomy and discuss current literature, laws, policies, risks, and benefits relevant to making professional decisions surrounding the sensititve issue of ESAs in client wellness. For the full article:
Edson Andrade successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Developing Spanish-English Bilingual Counseling Certification Programs: A Q Methodology Investigation". Congratulations , Dr. Andrade.
Pictured: Dr. Steve Moody, Dr. Edson Andrade, son Mateo, and wife Tania.
Edson doctoral hooding with Steve Moody, son and spouse
Lindsdale (Dale) Graham successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Exploring the Lived Experiences of International/Foreign Born CACREP Counseling Graduates Returning to Native Country: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis". Congratulations , Dr. Graham.
Pictured below: Dr. Steve Moody, Dr. Dale Graham, Dr. David Kleist, Dr. Mona Xu, Dr. Henry Evans, and Dr. Ne'Shaun Borden
Doctoral student dissertation defense committee
Brianne Scott successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Watching the Horizon: A Q Method Exploration of the Perceived Importance of Addiction Curriculum in Other Counseling Specializations" Congratulations, Dr. Scott!
Pictured below: Dr. Randy Astramovich, Dr. Brianne Scott, Dr. Elizabeth Horn, Dr. Steve Moody, and Dr. Dr. Kristina Blaiser.
 Doctoral Student and committee
Idaho State University Student Olivia T. Ngadjui, PhD, LPC to Receive American Counseling Association Award
Olivia T. Ngadjui, PhD, LPC, a student in counselor education and practice at Idaho State University, is the recipient of the 2021 Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award presented by the American Counseling Association (ACA).
We are extremely proud of our very own Dr. Ngadjui for this great national achievement!
The Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award is presented annually to honor the achievements of a graduate student in the field of counseling, guidance, and human development. Olivia T. Ngadjui, PhD, LPC was recognized for her work and service promoting inclusive practice in teaching, counseling, supervision, leadership, advocacy, research and scholarship.
Dr. Liz Horn, her advisor, said, "Olivia is already a leader in our profession holding multiple offices in professional organizations and using her many presentations and publications to bring about awareness. She is a change maker at heart, who gives of herself to better the lives of others."
Doctoral Student

Congratulations Beverly Hines recipient of the ACES Graduate Student Committee (GSC) scholarship

A highlight of Beverly Hines’ time in the doctoral program at Idaho State University is teaching and supervising new counselors-in-training (CIT). She finds it meaningful and satisfying to journey with students as they engage in counseling skills development while they also navigate the personal growth that inevitably goes with it. Her research interests involve exploring factors that facilitate the creation of a strong supervisory alliance, gatekeeping and remediation, and effective instructional techniques for teaching counseling skills to CIT’s. As a past-president of the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA), Beverly particularly enjoys facilitating the IMHCA-sponsored state-wide virtual peer consultation groups for mental health providers that she helped launch in 2019.

 Beverly Hines Doctoral Student


Katie Sacco successfully defended her dissertation entitled Teaching Ecotherapy within Counselor Education Programs: A Q-Methodology Analysis. Congratulations, Dr. Sacco!

Our very own, Olivia T. Ngadjui, LPC (she/her) successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Shaking Up The Room: The Process of Professional Identity Development of Black Doctoral Students in Counselor Education.” Her dissertation was funded by the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). In defending earlier than required, we look forward to seeing her graduate in the upcoming Spring 2021 semester and are excited to see where she decides to seek employment. Congratulations, Dr. Ngadjui, LPC!

Dr. Olivia Ngadjui


The Idaho State University Department of Counseling’s Certificate in Animal Assisted Interventions was identified by Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII) as a key educational institution to support AAII’s mission and strategic plan. On November 12, 2020, was accepted as part of the inaugural Education Institution Members of Animal Assisted Interventions International.

Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII) is a non-profit association and coalition of practitioners, individuals, or organizations that has a strong foundation of positive interactions with people and animals, at all stages in the AAII continuum (training, handling, treating, educating, etc.) It is built to have a solid foundation in standards of practice and embraces sharing of quality professional level information. AAII currently has members in Europe, North America, Latin America, and Oceania. AAII prides itself in collaborating with AAI related individuals, organizations, and institutions worldwide. AAII members and the Board of Directors have spent the past 7 years developing practical standards, competencies, and accreditation for Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) work. AAII identified key areas for development within professional discipline member organizations, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and organizations that support those working in animal assisted activities (AAA), animal assisted education (AAE), animal assisted therapy (AAT), and other professionals in AAI work. While AAIs have a rich history, there is much work to be done in the area of uniform terminology, standards, education, competencies, accreditation/certifications/qualifications, evaluation, and research to fit the uniqueness of each branch of AAIs. To support AAII’s key areas for development and strategic planning, AAII invited key educational institutions that are involved in AAIs to become the inaugural Educational Institution Members of AAII and contribute to the worldwide development of this rapidly growing discipline. This 3-year membership term is from 2021-2024, after which time members will be eligible for re-application.

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Congratulations to Olivia T. Ngadjui and Katie Sacco, Doctoral Candidates, for RMACES Awards.

Olivia has been awarded the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Educators and Supervision (RMACES) Multicultural and Social Justice Advocacy Award and the RMACES Emerging Leader.

She has also been sworn in as an ASISU Supreme Court Justice.

Katie is the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES) Supervision Award.

Olivia T. Ngadjui, Doctoral Candidate, receives 2020 ACES Research Grant Award.

The ACES Research Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce 10 recipients for the 2020 competition. The competition was steep with 48 submitted proposals. After careful review, the committee, led by Dr. Jennifer Baggerly at the University of North Texas at Dallas, is distributing a combined total of $15,000 to these 10 winners. These researchers will conduct studies that will increase understanding of professional development in Counselor Education and Supervision by specifically focusing on areas of teaching, supervision, professional identity, or leadership development.

Principal Investigator

University or Agency

Research Study Title

Abigail Conley

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

Do We Practice What We Preach? Exploring Counselor Education Doctoral Students Experiences from Diverse Religious/Spiritual Backgrounds

Dan Li

University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

Lived Experiences of Counselor Trainees’ Online Learning: A Phenomenological Study

Heather C. Robertson

St. John’s University (Queens, NY)

Technological Training Interventions to Increase Counselor Competence

Isak Kim

The Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA)

Training-Related Retraumatization as a Mediator between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Traumatic Stress among Counseling Trainees

J. Richelle Joe

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

Poverty Simulation as a Tool to Enhance Cultural Competence and Reduce Bias Among Counselors-in-Training

Jessica Rohlfing Pryor

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

A Pilot Study on Rupture and Repair in Counseling Mentorship

John Pryor

Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

Exploring the Experiences of Supervisors of Home-Based Counselors: An Interpretive
Phenomenological Analysis of the Perspectives of Supervisors Who Provide Supervision to
Home-Based Counselors

Olivia T. Ngadjui

Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)

Shaking Up The Room: The Process of Professional Identity Development of Black Doctoral Students in Counselor Education

Ryan M. Cook

The University of Alabama (Tuscaloos, AL)

Nondisclosure by Doctoral Students in the Dissertation Process

Summer Kuba

Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)

The Effect of Mentorships on Counselors in Training Professional Identity Development

Aishwarya Joshi receives grant award
Ms. Joshi is the 2020 recipient of the Multicultural Assessment and Research in Counseling Grant, awarded by the Association of Assessment and Research in Counseling for her research entitled "International Female Faculties Navigating Identities in CACREP Accredited Programs: A Critical Narrative Inquiry". The grant was developed to inform and encourage research and assessment initiatives that focus on multicultural and social justice issues in Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision.
Ash Joshi-2020

Congratulations to both of our accomplished doctoral students!

Ms. Olivia Ngadjui is the 2020 recipient of the Association for Adult Development and Aging's Research Grant for her dissertation research entitled "Shaking Up the Room: The Process of Professional Identity Development of Black Doctoral Students in Counselor Education." The $500 grants was developed to fund studies that increase understanding of issues pertaining to adult development and aging. The Association for Adult Development and Aging is a Division of the American Counseling Association.

Doctoral Student New Head Shot

Ms. Kelsey Sarasqueta-Allen is the 2020 recipient of the Association for Adult Development and Aging's Government Relations Award. This award is given to a member of Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) or American Counseling Association (ACA) who has taken the lead on an advocacy event or initiative that addressed a political need related to counseling adults. The advocacy event or initiative involved contact with government officials at the local, state, or federal level with the purpose of addressing a matter of concern to professional counselors or adult clients.

Doctoral Student

Olivia Ngadjui, doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling, is demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD).  We applaud her most recent efforts!
  • She began as the Parlimentarian for the organization in July 2020
  • She was accepted and recognized as a 2020 AMCD Mentee for the 2020 Mentoring Program Committee in January 2020
  • She presented "What About Us? Perceptions of Students of Color on Andragogy and Curricula" at the AMCD Mentee Research Symposium in June 2020.
  • Along with recent Graduate, Camille Frank, she presented on "Infusng Sentipensante for Mentoring, Teaching and Supervising Collectivist Students" at the AMCD Virtual Summit June 2020.
Congratulations to 2020 Graduates:
Ph.D - Camille Frank, Tim Hakenewerth, William Lane and Tessa Price.
Meridian Master Students - Alyssa Dillon, Cade Kirkhart, Cara Ruiz, and Jennifer Weseman.
Pocatello Master Students  - Angelica Alvarez Titus, Joyce Engel, Maggie Gardner, Rebekah Hood, Kimberly Leishman, Cameron Mutchler, Misty Olsen, Daniel Palmer, Ilijan Paurevic, Sara Pinson, Ashley Rohrbach, Samuel Runyan, Alejandra Salas, Jo Anna Shotiveyaratana, Rachel Shryock, Dianna Simonson, and Laura Wolter.
Congratulations to Amirah Nelson
Amirah has been selected as a Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate Committee (RMACES) member. As a RMACES Graduate Committee member, students have the opportunity to promote change in the region through the sharing of ideas and implementation of approved projects, facilitation growth and modeling professionalism.
Three activities, projects, and/or ideas Amirah has for promoting graduate student development in RMACES are:
1. Develop and create competencies and/or workshops for graduate level students who are wanting more training to become certified and more skilled (e.g. multiculturalism, and supervision) Hopefully this will lead to discussions on inclusivity and open conversations for the gaps and lack of resources from graduate students.
2. Continue using technology positively to connect students to more resources and networking opportunities using social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
3. Create or continue a mentorship program for graduate students at the Master's and Doctoral level to create more networking opportunities.
Doctoral Student


Dr. Leslie Stewart and Timothy Hakenewerth, doctoral student, accepted publication!

"Emotional Support Animal Requests: Recommendations for Holistic and Ethical Practices", authored by ISU Department of Counseling faculty member, Dr. Leslie Stewart, and doctoral student, Timothy Hakenewerth, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. To provide a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary set of recommendations for Emotional Support Animal requests, Dr. Stewart and Timothy collaborated with two additional co-authors: Peter Rabinowitz, a medical doctor from the OneHealth Initiative, and Heather Fowler, a nationally recognized Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, so that perspectives from mental health, medicine, and veterinary science could be integrated into the manuscript.

Dr. Stewart & Tim Hakenewerth


Congratulations to Aishwarya Joshi, first year doctoral student!
Aishwarya has been awarded the American Counseling Association Foundation Grant for her project titled: Reframing Mental Health Perceptions: Need for Mental Health Assessment and Education in Embu, Kenya. The purpose of this project is to understand and bridge the mental health gaps through needs assessment and mental health education of orphaned children from 9-12 grade in Embu County in Kenya.

Doctoral Student