Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs


Mary Huffstead, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs. Dr. Huffstead is the Program Coordinator for Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Huffstead obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Indiana State University, M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Huffstead's clinical experience includes multicultural counseling, play therapy, group counseling, and family counseling. Her clinical speciality includes working with the multiracial population, women and children who experience domestic violence, sexual assault and/or home insecurity. She is well-grounded in both the multicultural and advocacy competencies within the field of counseling. Her research interest encompasses multicultural training, multiracial identity development, and issues concerning those identifying as LGBTQ and living with a chronic illness and/or disability. She has published peer-reviewed articles and presented at the state, regional, and national level. She is a dedicated leader and volunteer within the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. 

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, 2012
  • M.Ed., Master of Education, Auburn University, 2014
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2019
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2020 Sections

    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 02
    • CEPD-8138 (Advanced Multicultural Counsel) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E09

    Summer 2020 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: E02
    • CEPD-7105 (Counseling Across Lifespan) Section: E01
    • CEPD-7138 (Multicultural Counseling) Section: E02
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E05

    Spring 2020 Sections

    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 01
    • CEPD-7105 (Counseling Across Lifespan) Section: E02
    • CEPD-7105 (Counseling Across Lifespan) Section: E01

    Fall 2019 Sections

    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 02
  • Publication List

    Hunter, T., Dispenza, F., Huffstead, M., Suttles, M., & Bradley, Z. (2020). Queering Disability: Exploring the Resiliency of Sexual and Gender Minority Persons Living with Chronic illnesses and Disabilities. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.

    Varney, M., Chang, C., McCullough, R., Huffstead, M., & Smith, J. (2019). A Phenomenological study of the experiences of master’s level students of colors in counseling programs. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling.

    Zeligman, M., Varney, M., Grad, R., & Huffstead, M. (2018). Posttraumatic growth in individuals with chronic illness: The role of Social support and meaning making. Journal of Counseling & Development.

    Dispenza, F., Elston, N., Huffstead, M., Skuttles, M., & Golubovic, N. (2017). Rehabilitation Counselor Preparation to work with Sexual and Gender Minorities Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (CID): A Qualitative Content Analysis. Rehabilitat