Counselor Education


lauxJohn Laux, Ph.D., Professor

University of Akron
Department Chair
Interim Associate Professor
Clinical Coordinator and Internship Coordinator

John Laux received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. John is a PCC-S, a LICDC, and a Psychologist. His areas of clinical and research interest include dual-diagnosis, personality disorders, and personality assessment. He has clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings including the Cincinnati VAMC, a community mental health center, a campus counseling center, and an inpatient chemical dependence treatment center. He is available by phone at 419-530-4705 and by e-mail at  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. LiuYanhong Liu, Ph.D., NCC,
Pennsylvania State University, Appalachian State University

Dr. Liu joined The University of Toledo Counselor Education faculty in 2015. Dr. Liu received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from Appalachian State University. Dr. Liu has worked as a counselor in K-12 public schools, university career counseling center and counseling clinic, and family and community settings. Services provided by Dr. Liu include individual and group counseling, school guidance lessons, consultation and collaboration, career/personality assessments, and supervision of counselors-in-training in school and clinical mental health counseling. Dr. Liu has taught multiple counseling courses at Penn State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include international adoptive families and attachment issues, cultural considerations in supervision, and themes involved in professional school counseling. Dr. Liu has presented in various international, national, regional, and the state-level conferences. She currently serves as a member of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling Reviewing Team. She can be reached by email at     Curriculum Vitae

sueSue Martin
Department Secretary

Sue Martin has been the department secretary since 1973. Sue makes sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently within the department. She has a fondness for faculty, students, and Scotty dogs, but not always in that order. Ms. Martin's office phone number is 419.530.2718, or you can email her at

Dr. Caroline O'HaraCaroline O'Hara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Georgia State University
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Chi Sigma Iota Co-Advisor

Caroline O'Hara, Ph.D., LPC (GA) NCC joined The University of Toledo Counselor Education faculty in 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University in Atlanta. The bulk of her counseling experience has been in college counseling centers providing individual, group, career, and disability counseling and facilitating campus outreach events. Dr. O’Hara has also worked in a partial hospitalization program as well as in a hospice setting with clients and families working through end-of-life issues. Dr. O’Hara’s research interests include multicultural counseling competence and advocacy in professional counseling and counselor education. She has numerous publications and presentations in the areas of identity development, social justice counseling, sexual and gender diversity, multicultural competence, counseling supervision, and advocacy (both client and professional). Dr. O’Hara has also held multiple leadership positions. Locally, she serves as the Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the Back Up Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Nationally, she serves as Diversity Committee Chair for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Professional Advocacy Committee. Dr. O’Hara has been honored with several awards including the American Counseling Association’s Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award. She can be reached at  Curriculum Vitae

Christopher Roseman
, Ph.D., Associate Professor
The University of Toledo
School Counseling Program Coordinator
Doctoral Program Co-Coordinator

Christopher Roseman, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and instructor of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for the Crisis Prevention Institute. He has varied work experiences in the public sector as a Correctional Unit Leader, Children’s Services Worker, and Eligibility Specialist for numerous counties throughout the State of Ohio. Dr. Roseman worked several years as a clinical mental health counselor prior to becoming a counselor educator where he previously taught at the University of South Dakota from 2006-2011. He actively serves in leadership positions at the regional and national level; currently serving as a trustee on the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Insurance Trust and Chair of the ACA Midwest Region. Additionally, he has served as NCACES President, the South Dakota Counseling Association’s (SDCA) Executive Director, and SDCA President. Recognized in 2010 by the American Counseling Association, he was the recipient of the Robert Rencken Emerging Professional Leadership Award. Dr. Roseman has authored articles and book chapters in the areas of sexual offender treatment, empathic accuracy and harassment, and substance abuse. Dr. Roseman’s office phone number is 419-530-4064, or you can email him at  Curriculum Vitae


Retired Faculty

Nick Piazza, PhDNick Piazza, Ph.D., Professor
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Doctoral Program Co-Coordinator
Substance Abuse Counseling Program Coordinator
Webmaster and Technology Coordinator

Nick J. Piazza, PhD, is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervisory endorsement (PCC-S), a licensed psychologist, and a Professor of Counselor Education. Dr. Piazza has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields since 1975, has been a counselor educator since 1984, and holds national certification as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and as a Master Addictions Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Dr. Piazza completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Quincy College—now Quincy University—in Quincy, Illinois, in 1973. After that, he completed his Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Illinois State University in 1975. He finished his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision in 1984 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Before entering academia in 1984, Dr. Piazza worked as a substance abuse counselor for the Mark Twain Mental Health Center in Hannibal, Missouri; coordinated the social setting detox program for Williamson County Mental Health, Marion, Illinois; started the Randolph County Illinois Community Alcoholism Services Program; and was the Administrator of the Jacksonville Area Council on Alcoholism (JACOA), a regional comprehensive addiction inpatient and outpatient treatment hospital in central Illinois. After a couple of years as an itinerant Counselor Educator, Dr. Piazza was offered a tenure track position at the University of Toledo in 1986. His first order of business was to start up the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. In subsequent years, he served in various capacities, eventually as department chair from 2000 to 2003. He currently serves as the doctoral program coordinator. Dr. Piazza is nationally recognized as a lecturer on psychopharmacology, and is on the medical staffs of two local hospitals. He has numerous publications and has presented frequently at APA, ACES, and ACA annual conventions. Dr. Piazza formerly served on the editorial boards of Counseling and Values and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and is currently on the editorial board of Essential Psychopharmacology. Dr. Piazza is a past President of the Northwest Ohio Counseling Association and the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Piazza was named the 2010 Outstanding Counselor Educator by the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. He is also the 2011 recipient of the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Deanna Hawes Outstanding Mentor Award and the NCACES 2012 Research Award. In 2015, Dr. Piazza was selected as a Fellow of the American Counseling Association and inducted into the OACES Counselor Educator Hall of Fame. You can contact Dr. Piazza by calling 419.530.4721 or you can email him at

ritchieMartin Ritchie, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus
University of Virginia

Martin Ritchie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. He has worked as a school counselor and has trained counselors in both the United States and Australia. Dr. Ritchie has numerous publications and has presented at national and regional conferences. He has served as President of the Ohio Counseling Association, the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Northwest Ohio Counseling Association. Dr. Ritchie has served as Editor of Counselor Education. He is a co-founder of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. Current research interests include accountability of school counselors, professional identity, legal and ethical issues, and active ingredients in therapeutic change. Most recently, Dr. Ritchie was recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Mentor by the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

dupuyPaula Dupuy, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus

Paula Dupuy joined the department in 1989. She is a licensed clinical counselor and psychologist in the State of Ohio. Dr. Dupuy has worked as a community counselor, school counselor, and consultant in race relations/multicultural counseling. Dr. Dupuy’s scholarly research interests have been in the areas of gender studies, multicultural counseling, family development, spirituality, qualitative methods, and ethics. She has published in refereed journals and books during her tenure in the department. Dr. Dupuy regularly attends professional meetings, conventions, workshops, and seminars. She has presented programs at professional meetings, such as the American Counseling Association Annual Convention, The Association of Counselor Education and Supervision convention, Annual Conference of the Research on Women in Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, American Counseling Association Annual Convention, World Family Therapy Congress, Midwestern Educational Research Association, and Great Lakes Regional Conference for Counseling Psychology. Dr. Dupuy has served on numerous university committees including Faculty Senate, Kohler International Travel Grants Committee and University Committee on Academic Personnel. Through a partnership with the University of South Africa (UNISA), she has taken doctoral students to South Africa to study with UNISA faculty and students and train in a township counseling clinic, hosted visiting professors from UNISA, and served on doctoral dissertation committees for students fro UNISA. Dr. Dupuy is a recipient of the 1999 North Central ACES Mentoring Award, the 1994 University of Toledo Multicultural Campus Community Service Award, and the 2010 UT Outstanding Teacher Award.

seemannDaniel C. Seemann, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Dan Seemann joined the faculty at the University of Toledo in 1962. He has an MA in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Guidance and Counselor Education. He has been both an administrator and teacher during his career. In the earlier years he was a board member for Rescue, Inc., the suicide prevention agency in Toledo, the Psychological Coordinator for a Vista training unit, and chair of the task force on mental disabilities for northwest Ohio. He was the first full-time Director of Student Activities at UT. His research interests include both psychology and chiropractic in which he has written over 50 articles. Some of his work in psychology dealt with the impact leader behavior and stress has in the work place. He helped establish measuring standards for the galvanic skin response (GSR). His interest in chiropractic is upper cervical biomechanics. In 1998, he received the R. R. Gregory award for outstanding scientific contributions to chiropractic. Dr. Seemann retired from UT in 1989 but continued to teach part-time until 2009. He also holds the rank of Colonel USMC (ret) and plays string bass in a jazz group in the Toledo area.

SalyersKathleen Salyers, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Ohio University 

Kathleen Salyers joined the department in the fall of 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor III-E (with supervisory endorsement) (CCDC III-E). Her areas of research interest include chemical dependency, addiction as a family disease, behavioral change, spirituality in counseling, and salutogenesis/wellness. Dr. Salyers has worked in the social service/mental health/chemical dependency fields since 1972. She has a varied background that includes working as a Behavioral Specialist with MRDD, Crisis Counselor with the homeless, Case manager for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Needs Coordinator with Headstart, and Chemical Dependency counselor/supervisor in outpatient and residential treatment settings. She is available by phone at 419-530-6125 and by e-mail at


Faculty can be contacted by mail or fax at the following address:
Department of School Psychology, Higher Education, and Counselor Education
Health and Human Services Bldg., Suite 3100
Mail Stop 119
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone: 419-530-2718
Fax: 419-530-7879





Last Updated: 6/9/16