Angie D. Cartwright, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP-S, NCC, is an assistant professor of counseling at UNT and a past president of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES). Dr. Carwright received the Texas governor’s award for her volunteer clinical work with incarcerated sexual offenders within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Her passion for counseling and teaching was recognized by the African American Student Leadership Team at Texas A&M University- Commerce with the 2015 Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Cartwright has been recognized at the international and national levels for her leadership and work with underserved populations.
She was named the Outstanding Addiction/Offender Professional by the International Association for Addiction and Offender Counseling in 2016 and most recently the American Counseling Association selected her as the 2017 Emerging Professional Leader. Dr. Cartwright’s research agenda addresses the success of children from absent-father homes, offender and addictions counseling issues, and issues within counselor education. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed publications related to cultural diversity. Additionally, Dr. Cartwright has secured over $1.5 million dollars in external funding to support cultural competence and decreasing disparities in mental health.
Chandra Carey, Ph.D., CRC is an Associate Professor Dr. Carey and currently serves as the Program Director for the doctoral program in Health Services Research. She has served as an editorial board member for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and is the former President for the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. Dr. Carey has contributed well over 25 refereed publications and book chapters to the literature and completed 39 national presentations over her 16-year career as a scholar.
She is the recipient of 7 Research and service awards and is regarded in her discipline as one of the top multicultural researchers. She has served as the Principal Investigator/Project Director of a 5-year, $750,000, Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration Training Grant. She recently completed work on a 2-year, $395,641, 2014 MHGP from the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and is currently completing a one-year, $78,562, 2016, Extension Grant for the same project. She recently completed a 6 year role as Vice-Chair on the Graduate Accreditation and Standards Commission for the Council on Rehabilitation Education.
Peggy Ceballos, Ph.D., NCC, CCPT-S, CPRT-S is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas. Through her experiences as a school counselor, community counselor, and as a counselor educator, Dr. Ceballos has engaged in development, management and dissemination of findings for research studies in the areas of culturally responsive intervention for Latino clients, school- counseling services for minority students, culturally informed parent and teacher training interventions and other issues relevant to multiculturalism and social justice.
Her educational background includes specialized training in the use of play therapy and expressive arts as non-traditional counseling interventions to use across developmental stages. She has conducted over 50 professional presentations. Dr. Ceballos has been the recipient of 10 professional awards, including the 2016 TCA Advocacy Award, the 2012 Mary Thomas Burke Professional Award for being an exemplary mentor; the 2011 American Counseling Association (ACA) Best Practice Award for best research.
Brandi Darensbourg Levingston, Ph.D., CRC is a Senior Lecturer at the University of North Texas (UNT) in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services and currently, serves as the coordinator of the undergraduate rehabilitation studies program. She received her doctoral degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2004. She has experience in the area of rehabilitation as both an educator and service provider.
She was previously employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with college students with disabilities for the state of Texas. She has also worked at the University of Texas at Austin in the Student Emergency Services Office. Her professional interests include: cultural competence, emergency preparedness of people with disabilities, psychosocial aspects of disability, students with disabilities in postsecondary education, and employment of persons with disabilities, specifically people with blindness or visual-impairments.
John Amundson, John is a doctoral student in the Counseling Program at the University of North Texas. He received his BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010. After several years in restaurant management, John chose to pursue his dreams of becoming a therapist. He now holds an MA in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. John has more than four years of experience providing support services to students with disabilities; individual counseling to foster children; and mental health assessments to children and adults in psychiatric settings. John seeks to promote mental health awareness through research and advocacy and to eventually create his own non-profit mental health organization for foster children in Texas.