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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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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. Mike Cravens
Director of Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH); Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Sciences*

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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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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 in the Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

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

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Dr. Fraser joined the counseling faculty in 2006. He has a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University). He is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist (LCPT) in the state of Tennessee. Dr. Fraser is also a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

He serves as the coordinator of the M.A. in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He is in private practice and has expertise in marriage and family concerns, adoption-related issues, depression, anxiety, OCD, anger, grief, and addictions.


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Dr. Patrick Chapman, B.A., B.S., M.S., Ed.D., M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.
Lecturer in Counseling


Dr. Chapman was born in Ripley, Mississippi in 1971. After graduating Ripley High School in 1989, he began Freed-Hardeman in the fall to study Bible and Biology. He graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in Bible and a B.S. in Teaching Biology. While at FHU, Patrick met Dr. Mike Cravens and was inspired to pursue Graduate Studies in Counseling. He graduated with a M.S. Degree in August 1995, as a part of the first Graduate Counseling class. He was accepted into the counseling psychology doctoral program at the University of Sarasota in October 1995. He began working for Timber Hills Mental Health in 1997, where he served as Adult Therapist and Office Manager for the Ripley, Mississippi office.


While working full-time, Patrick continued his doctoral studies and successfully defended his dissertation on December 14, 2000. He graduated with a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology on February 28, 2001. In September 2001, he began working as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor for North Mississippi Primary Health Care, a Community Health Center with 8 clinics in north Mississippi. Later, in 2004, he would become the Program Administrator for the organization. In 2012, Dr. Chapman completed a Master of Arts Degree in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University. In January 2016, Dr. Chapman was named the CEO of the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley, Mississippi.

Dr. Chapman holds the LPC license in the State of Mississippi and is a National Certified Counselor. He is Board President of Pine Vale Children’s Home in Corinth, MS.  He is a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and former Rotary President. He has taught Graduate courses in counseling at FHU as an Adjunct Instructor since the summer of 1999. He is married to the former Tammy Grisham and lives near Ripley, Mississippi. He and his wife enjoy nature hikes, waterfalls, historic traveling and collecting. He is a preacher for the historic 1893 Union Church of Christ near Ripley, Mississippi.

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Dr. Barry England
Lecturer in Education and Behavioral Health

Dr. Larry Ivery
Lecturer in Counseling and Behavioral Health

Dr. Larry Mathis
Lecturer in Counseling


Dr. Donald Nims
Lecturer in Behavioral Health

Dr. Jeremy Northrop
Lecturer in Counseling


Brent Rudder
Lecturer in Counseling

Mark Scott
Lecturer in Behavioral Health