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 just completed serving 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.
Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences; Associate Professor of Social Work
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.
Dr. Dana Baldwin
Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies
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.
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.
Dr. Mark Crowell
Associate Professor of Social Work
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.
Secretary, Graduate Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Conita began her work with the Graduate Counseling Program in June 2000. She works closely with Dr. Mike Cravens, program director, and the graduate faculty. She will be your contact person and will be happy to assist you.
Dr. Ryan Fraser
Assistant Professor of Counseling
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). Dr. Fraser is the Graduate Counseling advisor and will assist you with your course of study.
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. He is currently working towards 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.
Dr. Lela Foxx
Lecturer in Education & Counseling
Dr. Paul Helton
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Mathis, an adjunct faculty member since 1997, served as an evangelist for churches of Christ for thirty years in the United States. He has taught on the graduate faculty of Lipscomb University and he currently serves on the graduate faculties of Freed-Hardeman University and Amridge University. Mathis has written for numerous publications and edited, “Man of God” a book published by Gospel Advocate. This book is written to train men in preaching and ministry. He has served as CEO for two nonprofit organizations in African countries. Mathis served as CEO of African Christian Schools Foundation (for nearly a decade) and this Foundation operates two Christian Colleges in Africa. He currently serves as CEO of The Zambia Project, a humanitarian nonprofit that brings humanitarian aid to Zambia.
Director of University Counseling Center
Mrs. Young joined the Behavioral Sciences Department in the fall of 2005 as a Child Welfare Trainer for the Department of Children Services as part of a Child Welfare Grant through the university. Young has served as the Director of the University Counseling Center since 2007, providing counseling services to both undergraduate and graduate students at FHU. She also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Masters in Counseling program teaching Psychopathology II and in the undergraduate Social Work program teaching Interventions with Populations at Risk. She has worked with geriatrics, adults, and adolescents in the mental health field and has been a public speaker on mental illness and mental heath, especially issues related to the elderly, while employed at Parthenon Pavilion at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Young has also started some private practice work with adults, adolescents, and couples. Professional memberships include American Association of Christian Counselors, and American College Counseling Association.