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Dr. Mike Cravens
Director of Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH); Professor of Counseling and of Family Studies

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Dr. Cravens has been teaching on the College-University level since 1976. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider with almost 35 years of experience in mental health services. Professor Cravens served 10 years on the TN Health Related Board for Licensing Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

His private practice focuses on adult clients with mood and anxiety disorders, couples-marital therapy, and sexual therapy for individuals and/or couples. He is frequently asked to conduct Marriage and Family Seminars across the United States. Dr. Cravens' research interests/expertise is in the areas of professional counseling issues, ethics, and sexual needs and concerns. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Christian Counselors, The American Psychotherapy Association, The National Council on Family Relations, and The American Association of Sex Therapists, Counselors and Therapists.

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Lisa Beene
Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences; Associate Professor of Social Work

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Mrs. Beene has been teaching at Freed-Hardeman University since 1987. Her primary teaching assignment is in the Social Work Program. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Family Studies.

From 1989-1995 she served as Director of the Social Work Program. Prior to coming to Freed-Hardeman, Mrs. Beene served as an Area Coordinator for the Buddies of Nashville Program, a child and family services program in Nashville, TN and as a counselor in the Children and Youth program at the Jackson/Madison County Mental Health Center in Jackson, TN. Mrs. Beene is very involved with the Tennessee Child Welfare Certification Program and provided supervision from 2003-2008 for the program. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, North American Association of Christians in Social Work, and The Tennessee Social Work Education Consortium.

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Dr. Dana Baldwin
Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies

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Dana Baldwin has served as minister for the Park Avenue Church of Christ since 1982. He is licensed as a professional counselor and is board certified as a Professional Christian Counselor by the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition to his preaching duties and counseling, he is actively involved in community outreach providing parenting and marriage classes.

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Dr. Chris Creecy
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Dr. Chris Creecy been a part of the Freed-Hardeman faculty since 2007. As an Assistant Professor in Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Family Studies, he teaches a number of undergraduate psychology courses. He also teaches Assessment I and II in the Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

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Dr. Mark Crowell
Associate Professor of Social Work

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Dr. Mark H. Crowell is a practicing mental health professional and senior faculty member at Freed-Hardeman University.

Dr. Crowell teaches in both the undergraduate social work program and the graduate counseling program. As a past director of the social work program, he has successfully coordinated the program's national accreditation since 1981 and continues to assist with maintaining the accreditation. He recently opened his own clinic in Jackson to provide clinical services to individuals, families, and groups. Dr. Crowell is a frequent speaker on the subjects of grief and bereavement. He enjoys writing and is currently completing a book of stories about loss and recovery. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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Dr. James H. Dalton
Director of M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Assistant Professor of Counseling

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Dr. James H. Dalton has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arkansas (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Dalton is also a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee with a M.S. in Counseling and a B.A. in Bible.

Dr. Dalton is married to Stacey Dalton, who is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Arkansas. They are both natives of Tennessee, and currently reside in Henderson. Dr. Dalton is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at FHU and also provides consultative services to mental health agencies. His hobbies and interests include spending time with his children, playing video games, and hiking.

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Conita Fader
Administrative Assistant

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Conita began her work with the Graduate Counseling Program in June 2000. She works closely with Dr. James Dalton and Dr. Mike Cravens, the program directors, and the graduate faculty. She will be your contact person and will be happy to assist you.

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Dr. Ryan Fraser
Assistant Professor of Counseling

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Dr. Fraser joined the faculty in 2006. He had previously worked in full-time ministry for 18 years. Dr. Fraser's doctorate is in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Texas Christian University.

Dr. Fraser holds “Family Matters Series” and “Marriage Enrichment Seminars” and has experience as a pastoral counselor in both the congregational and clinical contexts. Dr. Fraser has several areas of interest including marriage and family, adoption-related issues, depression, anger, grief, and addictions. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). 

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Dr. Patrick Chapman
Lecturer in Counseling


Dr. Chapman has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Graduate Studies in Counseling Program at FHU since 1999. He has graduated from FHU three times with undergraduate degrees in both Bible and Teaching Biology. He was in the first counselor graduate class at FHU in August 1995. He holds a doctor's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota, and a Master of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Mississippi and works as the Program Administrator for North Mississippi Primary Health Care, Inc. He is a part-time private practice counselor and a preacher for the Union Church of Christ.

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Dr. Lela Foxx
Lecturer in Education & Counseling


Dr. Larry Mathis
Lecturer in Counseling


Dr. Jeremy Northrop
Lecturer in Counseling


Brent Rudder
Lecturer in Counseling