Grace Ann Mims, Ph.D., LIMHP, LIPC, LMFT-SD, NCC, ACS
Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Special Interests: Couples & Family Counseling, Group Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, and Professional Counseling Ethics and Regulation
“What I enjoy is seeing the students learn and grow and go on a personal journey as well as a professional journey, and being able to say I was a part of that.”
Professor Grace Mims specializes in marriage and family counseling and counseling ethics. She has counseled families for over 20 years.
Mims of Jefferson City, Mo. earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and her master’s degree in student affairs and community counseling from Western Illinois University in Macomb. After working as a hall director at Western Illinois University, she earned her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. While working on her doctorate, Mims was sure that she wanted to be a clinician. But her student teaching experience sparked her interest in teaching. “Teaching was fabulous. It was fun. I enjoyed it so much. I think it was my passion for counseling and being able to teach other people how to do that and how to help people.”
Mims worked as a staff counselor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. before becoming a professor at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where she taught for 15 years. She came to UNK in 2008 and serves as a professor and chair of the Counseling and School Psychology Department.
Mims has conducted extensive research on the prevention of violence against women. As a staff counselor at Ball State University, Mims heard many stories from students about sexual assault. She began working on prevention programming there and continued her work at USD and UNK. “There’s been too many women who have been sexually assaulted, stalked or battered.” At USD, Mims conducted violence prevention trainings for K-12 students. She also coordinated diversity training to over 15,000 high school students over a 10-year period. Diversity training evaluation results were published in the Journal of Specialist in Group Work special edition. In 2000, Mims was awarded the North Central Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Outstanding Diversity Award for her efforts.
Her violence prevention evaluation results were published in the Handbook of Prevention and Intervention in Peer Harassment, Victimization, and Bullying titled, “Changing Violent Attitudes and Behaviors Through Prevention: A Close Look at a School-Based Program.” At UNK, Mims was integral in getting the Violence Against Women Rural Grant for the Women’s Center.
Mims is now coordinating the daylong Building Bridges Conference, which allows undergraduate students to explore graduate programs and careers in school psychology, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, student affairs and addictions counseling. For more information, go to www.unk.edu/csp.
Carmelo Callueng, Ph.D.,
Ph.D., University of Florida-Gainesville
Special Interests: Temperament of children cross-nationally, Psychological Measurement, Cross-cultural Research Methodology, Adaptive Behavior of Children, and School-based Mental Health Services.
“Children and youth are the best resources in the country. So to harness their potential early on in their lives is the most rewarding.”
Carmelo Callueng came to the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the spring of 2013 after earning his PhD in school psychology at the University of Florida. A native of the Philippines, Callueng earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Paul University Philippines and his master’s degree in educational measurement and evaluations from De La Salle University-Manila. After graduation, he taught psychology and statistics courses for six years in the Department of Psychology at De La Salle.
As a faculty member at De La Salle, Callueng, a nationally certified school psychologist, served as a principal investigator or co-investigator in grants that included a project sponsored by the World Bank on Philippine elementary education and other research on corporate values of Asian employees in a multi-national company and cognitive styles of Filipino students. His current research is in school-based mental health for children and youth, test use and development research and international school psychology.
I hope to get more involved in my research. Right now, early in my career, I’m still defining my research. I’m very interested in international research. How can I translate that research into something tangible? Like assisting developing countries, improving their school psychology training program.
Callueng’s PhD dissertation was titled, “Cross-National Study of Children’s Temperament: Structural Validity of the Student Styles Questionnaire.”
At UNK, he teaches Academic Assessment, Methods of Research, Globalization of School Psychology, Advanced Educational Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development and Intervention in the school psychology program. In the counseling program, he teaches Appraisal/Evaluation of Individuals and Systems.
“Teaching has always been my passion. I want to contribute in the training of professional school psychologists. The best way to do that is teaching. Working in a university setting gives me the opportunity to continue my research, which is another love of my life.”
Christine Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC
Associate Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision
Ph.D., University of South Dakota
Special Interests: Addiction Counseling, Research Design, Statistics and Clinical Supervision
Chasek teaches Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders, Techniques of Counseling, Clinical Treatment Issues in Addictions Counseling, Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Addictions, Assessment Case, Planning and Management of Addictions, Research Methods in Psychology and Education, and Adult Development.
Growing up in Western Nebraska, Chasek’s goal was to become a hair stylist. But her high school began offering a psychology class – a class she thrived in. During her undergraduate studies, Chasek cleaned office buildings at night. One of the buildings that she regularly cleaned was a mental health center. She dreamed of someday working in a warm environment like that, helping people.
She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from UNK in 1992. After graduation, she got a job at the mental health center that she cleaned as a college student. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from UNK in 1999.
For over 15 years, Chasek practiced mental health and drug and alcohol counseling as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Before teaching at UNK, Chasek worked as a program director for a mental health care clinic and as Assistant Director of Counseling at UNK’s Counseling Care Center. Chasek began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2006 and became a full time assistant professor in 2012. She also earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from the University of South Dakota in 2012.
Chasek specializes in mental health and addictions. “Addiction is a disorder that encompasses mind, body and spirit. There is a point when your body becomes physically addicted and there’s a part where you lose a piece of your soul or spirit, but there’s also the psychological part. That’s fascinating to me. It’s complex and I love a challenge. Somebody who recovers from that is an inspiration and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Her research interests include addiction counseling, attitudes of providers about addictions counseling, counselor preparation and clinical outcomes.
Chasek became a teacher because she wanted to have a greater impact. “I like that feeling that I’m impacting people and seeing students move on in their professional career. Watching students succeed and seeing them excited about their career gives me so much joy.”
Chasek is a member of the American Counseling Association, is the membership chair and president-elect of the Nebraska Counseling Association, is on the State of Nebraska Board of Alcohol and Drug Counseling, is involved in the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and is a member of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors, the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and Rutgers Alumni Association of Alcohol and Drug Studies.
Julie A. Dinsmore , Ed.D., NCC, LPC, LMHP, K-12 Certified School Counselor
Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision
Ph.D, University of South Dakota
Special Interests: Multicultural Counseling, Systemic Change Related to Diversity, School Counseling
David D. Hof, Ed.D., NCC, LPC, LMHP
Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision
Ed.D., University of South Dakota
Special Interests: Career Counseling, Accreditation Process, Counseling High Risk Adolescents, Sex Offender Counseling
Each summer, David Hof takes a group of undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty to the Pine Ridge reservation, a community plagued with high rates of alcoholism, drug use, poverty and school dropouts.
“Many of our young folks haven’t traveled a lot and don’t have diverse experiences, and here we have something that’s six hours away and it plunges them into diversity.” Students and faculty are immersed in the culture of the reservation – participating in sweats, sun dances and visiting schools. The trips are one of many ways Hof promotes hands-on learning.
Hof, who grew up in Holyoke, Colo., received his bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College in 1991 and earned his master’s from Chadron State College in 1992. During graduate school, Hof worked as a graduate assistant and taught undergraduate psychology and graduate level statistics classes. It was then that he realized he wanted to teach. As a therapist, he helps one person at a time. He liked the idea of having a broader impact as a teacher.
Hof, who specializes in treating kids with sexually deviant behaviors, says he related better to young kids, and has always enjoyed treating a younger population. “It’s also because I was that kid. I was the naughty, delinquent kid that got into a lot of trouble. I would have appreciated having a counselor in my life.”
After earning his masters degree, Hof directed and supervised middle adolescent sex offender program in Northern Minnesota. He then worked as a therapist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for over three years before beginning his doctoral studies at the University of South Dakota. He earned his educational doctorate in 1999.
Hof has taught at UNK since 1999, practices therapy at Michael Burke and Associates.
Max McFarland, Ed.D., NCSP
Professor, School Psychology Educator
Ed.D., University of South Dakota
Special Interests: Internationalization of School Psychology, Accreditation, K-12 Standards and Accountability Framework, Professional Ethics
As a psychology major at Kearney State College, McFarland intended to spend his life as career army officer. He was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), and traveled to Fort Lewis in Washington to attend an officer’s training program between his junior and senior year. But after just two weeks, he was sent home on a medical discharge with a severe back injury. Unsure about what he was going to do, McFarland’s advisor encouraged him to consider taking classes in the new school psychology program. “I absolutely loved it and never looked back.”
McFarland earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. He then earned his master’s degree in K-12 guidance counseling and a specialist degree in school psychology, both from KSC. He worked as a school psychologist for public schools and educational service units and a school psychologist for the Nebraska State Department of Education. In 1983, he began taking classes at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He earned his Ph.D. in school psychology, child and family clinical psychology and research in 1986.
“I wanted so badly to be able to return here (to KSC/UNK) as a trainer. I loved this place. I loved the faculty. The environment is so warm and friendly and stimulating. It’s just a great place for students to be.”
Shortly after graduating from USD, McFarland was offered a job at Kearney State College. During his 30-year career, he has taught most classes offered in school psychology and many counseling classes. He now teaches scholarly study and clinical practicum.
McFarland specializes in infant and toddler intervention, and created the infant and toddler specialization for UNK’s school psychology program. He has traveled all over Nebraska, to Guam and Hawaii training early intervention teams how to conduct early assessments of babies and toddlers. He also created the globalization of school psychology course after the department got international accreditation. UNK’s school psychology program was the first in the world to be internationally accredited. “Our schools are becoming so diverse. We firmly believe that to better understand the issues facing those children and their families as they come to our schools from different parts of the world, we need to understand their issues and where they come from.”
McFarland also works with undergraduate students conducting research and data analysis within public schools. A study of students’ ability to meet proficiency standards of state reading tests resulted in the discovery that children in poverty and English language learners were improving, but not meeting the standards. Data presented to the Nebraska State Board of Education state had significant impact on the inclusion of a growth component being added to the proficiency tests.
Matthew Mims, Ed.D, LMHP, LPC, NCC, SD-LPC, K-12 Certified School Counselor
Ed.D., University of South Dakota
Special Interests: School /Career Counseling, Student Affairs, Advocacy/Multicultural Counseling.
“My interest has always been with groups that don’t have a voice, and I work to try to give them voices.”
Professor Matthew Mims, who has been at UNK since 2007, teaches Organization and Practice in School Counseling and Career Counseling. He also supervises student internships.
Mims, who grew up in an inner city suburb of Detroit, Mich., received his bachelor’s degree in history and education from Alma College in Michigan. He earned his master’s degree in counseling and college student personnel from Western Illinois University. After earning his master’s degree, Mims worked as a hall director at Ball State University for six years, and then worked as assistant director of residential life at the University of South Dakota. He earned his educational doctorate from USD in counselor education. Mims then worked as a high school counselor and an adjunct professor at USD.
“I always liked helping people – interacting with them on a personal basis, and being able to see their growth as well as growth in myself.”
Mims has a special interest and has been active in the GLBT community. At UNK, he is the advisor for the student organization Queer Straight Alliance, and he leads Safe Zone Trainings, which aim to create safe environments for the GLBT community. He’s also conducted research in global education and has an interest in international education, international student refugees and global curriculum. “I like to see students grow. Sometimes you have to push them past the resistance, but when they get that ‘aha’ moment it’s very fun. At times with counseling it’s a struggle until the end when all of a sudden all of the pieces click together. I’ve seen some of the impact our students can have on making the communities throughout Nebraska stronger.”
Tammi Ohmstede-Schmoker, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor, School Psychology
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Special Interests: Early Childhood Service Delivery, Behavioral Parent Training, Parent/Teacher Consultation, Data-Based Decision Making Using a Problem Solving Approach for Children Experiencing Academic and Social Behavioral Difficulties
Associate Professor Tammi Ohmstede teaches School Psychology Interventions Practicum, Child and Adolescent Development and Intervention, Behavioral Problem Solving Assessment, Problem Solving Consultation, Infant Preschool Assessment, Pre-Internship Seminar, and supervises Internship.
“I enjoy watching students grow and develop skills over the three years they spend with us. It seems like such a short amount of time, but the amount of change that you see with them interpersonally as well as professionally is huge. I just love to watch that process.”
Ohmstede of Guide Rock, NE graduated from UNK with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2001. She then earned her education specialist degree in school psychology from UNK. During her college experience, Ohmstede completed a practicum experience with the Munroe-Meyer Institute Behavioral Health Clinic in Hastings and worked at the I Believe in Me Ranch, a former residential facility in Kearney. After graduation, she worked as an education consultant at the I Believe In Me Ranch for one year.
Ohmstede graduated from Oklahoma State University with her Ph.D. in December of 2008. Before coming to UNK, Ohmstede worked with school-age children within the Recovery School District and with infants and toddlers at an Infant Mental Health Clinic through the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She returned to UNK to teach in August 2008.
“Kearney became my home. I’m not from Kearney, but over the course of all of my education, Kearney became home to me and I wanted to move back and raise my kids here.”
Ohmstede specializes problem solving consultation in diverse settings, early childhood assessment and intervention, data-based decision making and behavioral parent training. She is the faculty advisor for Graduate Association of School Psychologists at UNK.
Douglas Tillman Ph.D , LPC, NCC
Assistant Professor, School Counseling Educator
Ph.D, University of South Dakota
Special Interests: Spirituality, Theories of Counseling, Clinical, Multicultural Counseling and Group Counseling
“The most rewarding thing about teaching is seeing people get the material, get better at using their skills or become more effective at really helping people. It’s really neat to watch the growth that happens.”
Professor Tillman’s areas of interest and specialization include wellness, spirituality, and solution-focused counseling to individuals, couples, children and families. He teaches practicum, advanced practicum and theories of counseling.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UNK. He thought he wanted to be a cop. And he was for a while. “My mom was a deputy sheriff as I grew up, and so I grew up around cops and I loved and idolized cops.” He entered the law enforcement field where he worked for the Kearney Police Department and Perkins County Sheriff’s Office for a combined five years.
But Tillman wanted to be more involved with helping people in need. He began working with troubled adolescents at the I Believe in Me Ranch and later worked as a safety worker for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “I would watch the counselors at the ranch working with kids and I was energized by that,” Tillman says.
In 2007, Tillman earned his master’s degree in community counseling (now clinical mental health) from UNK. He then worked as a counselor for Mid Plains Center’s Multi-Systemic Therapy and in private practice with Family Resources in Kearney. In 2008, he began pursuing a doctorate in counselor education from the University of South Dakota, and began teaching classes as an adjunct instructor for UNK in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology.
In 2011, he completed his dissertation on how counselors develop confidence in working with clients in the area of spirituality and/or religion. That year, he became a full-time professor at UNK. He has conducted research on how social media can and should be used in counseling and counselor education.