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Jaquett, C. M., VanMaaren, V. G., & Williams, R. L. (2017). Course factors that motivate students to submit end-of-course evaluations. Innovative Higher Education.

Carstens, B. A., Ciancio, D. J. Crabtree, K. E., Hart, L. A., Best, T. L., Trant, E. C., Jaquett, C. M., Adair, S. L., & Williams, R. L. (2016). The effects of voluntary versus called-on participation on response rate in class discussion and performance on course exams. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

Jaquett, C. M., VanMaaren, V. G., & Williams, R. L. (2016). The effect of extra-credit incentives on student submission of end-of-course evaluations. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Advance online publication.

Wright, J. M., Henze, E. E. C., Coles, J. T., Miller, N. A., & Williams, R. L. (2016). Healthcare knowledge as an issue in teacher education. Issues in Teacher Education, 25(1), 107-124.

VanMaaren, V. G., Jaquett, C. M., & Williams, R. L. (2016). Factors most likely to contribute to positive course evaluations. Innovative Higher Education. doi:10.1007/s10755-016-9360-0

Galyon, C. E., Blondin, C. A., & Williams, R. L. (2015). A historical analysis of the relationship between critical thinking and exam performance. Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, 30(1), 24-39. doi:10.5840/inquirtyct20153015

Galyon, C. E., Heaton, E. C. T., Best, T. L, & Williams, R. L. (2015). Comparison of group cohesion, class participation, and exam performance. Social Psychology of Education, September, 1-16. doi:10.1007/s1218-015-9321-y

Carstens, B. A., Watson, T. L., & Williams, R. L. (2015). Unstructured laptop use in a highly structured entry-level college course. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 1(2), 137-149.

Blondin, C. A., Voils, K., Galyon, C. E., & Williams, R. L. (2015). Selected application of Response-to-Intervention principles in college courses: possibilities and limitations. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 26(2), 61-83.

Trant, E. C., Crabtree, E. C., Ciancio, D. J., Hart, L. A., Watson, T. B.. & Williams, R. L. (2015). Why some HOPE scholarship recipients retain the scholarship and others lose it. Innovative Higher Education, 40, 201-214. doi:10.1007/s10755-014-9360-3.

Coles, J. T., Carstens, B. A., Wright, J. M., & Williams, R. L. (2015). Political incongruity between students’ ideological identity and stance on specific public policies in a predominantly white southeastern state institution. Innovative Higher Education, 40, 5-18. doi:10.1007/s107s5-014-92996-1.

Galyon C. E., Voils, K. L., Blondin, C. A., & Williams, R. L. (2015). The effect of randomized homework contingencies on college students’ daily homework and unit exam performance. Innovative Higher Education, 40, 63-77. doi:10.1007/s107s5-014-92996-1.


Hauck, K., Mingo, M., & Williams, R. (2016). An analysis of the relationship between selected item-sequences and post-course exam performance. Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

VanMaaren, V. G., Jaquett, C. M., & Williams, R. L. (2016). Factors most likely to contribute to positive course evaluation. Poster session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Jaquett, C. M., VanMaaren, V. G., & Williams, R. L. (2015, August). Evaluation of course characteristics that motivate students to submit end of course evaluations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Associate, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Jaquett, C. M., VanMaaren, V. G., & Williams, R. L. (2015, August). The effect of extra-credit incentives on student submission of end-of-course evaluations. In Recent Developments in Behavior Analysis. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Robert Williams

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  • 516 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Blvd.


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West, N. B., Diambra, J. F., & Wheat, L. S. (in press). Developmental networks andinterpersonal support of beginning counselors. Journal of Counselor Preparation& Supervision.

Pollard, B. L., Varga, M. A., Wheat, L. S., McClam, T., & Balentyne, P. J. (2020)Characteristics of graduate counseling student grief experiences. Illness, Crisis,& Loss, 28(3), 255-274.

Wheat, L. S., *Szepe, A., West, N. B., *Riley, K. B., & Gibbons, M. G. (2019). Graduateand undergraduate student development as a result of participation in a griefeducation service learning course. Journal of Community Engagement & HigherEducation, 11(2), 31-45.

Wheat, L. S., & *Thacker, N. E. (2019). LGBTQ+ loss experiences and the use ofmeaning reconstruction with clients. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 13,232-251.

Gibbons, M. G., Taylor, A. L., Wheat, L. S., & *Szepe, A. (2018). Transformativelearning for peer mentors connected to a postsecondary education program forstudents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. International Journal ofResearch on Service-Learning & Community Engagement, 6(1), Article 10.Retrieved from

Wheat, L. S. (2018). Review of the book, Handbook of social justice in loss and grief:Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion, edited by D. L. Harris & T. C. Bordere.Omega, 77, 415-419.

Wheat, L. S., & Whiting, P. P. (2018). Sacred privilege: Using narrative reconstructionas a postmodern approach with grieving children and adolescents. In M. B.Scholl & J. T. Hansen (Eds.), Postmodern perspectives on contemporarycounseling issues (pp. 93-120)Oxford University Press.

DeDiego, A. C., Wheat, L. S., & Fletcher, T. B. (2017). Overcoming obstacles:Exploring the use of adventure based counseling in youth grief camps. Journal ofCreativity in Mental Health, 12(2), 230-241.

Lopez-Baez, S. I., & Wheat, L. S. (2017). Older LGBTQ adults: Family and socialdevelopment. In C. B. Roland & L. D. Burlew (Eds.), Counseling LGBTQ adultsthroughout the life span (pp. 80-84). American Counseling Association.

*Pollard, B., & Wheat, L. S. (2015, May). Students helping students: The Grief OutreachInitiative. ADEC Forum: The Quarterly Publication of the Association for DeathEducation and Counseling, 41(2), 12-13.

Wheat, L. S., & Whiting, P. P. (2015). The forget-me-not book of reminders duringdeployment. In S. Degges-White & B. Colon (Eds.), Expressive arts interventionsfor school counselors (pp. 239-243)Sage.

Blueford, J. B., Diambra, J. F., & Wheat, L. S. (n.d.). Counselor preparedness tocounsel grieving clients: Insights and implications. Manuscript revision inpreparation for resubmission to Death Studies.

Wheat, L. S., Matthews, J. J., & Whiting, P. P. (n.d.). Grief content inclusion inCACREP-accredited counselor education programs. Manuscript revision inpreparation for resubmission to Journal of Counselor Preparation & Supervision.

Recent Presentations (*indicates student)

Wheat, L. S. (2020, April). Death & non-death loss in the lives of LGBTQ+ people.Accepted for presentation at the Association for Death Education & Counselingconference, Columbus, OH. Conference canceled due to COVID-19 stateclosure. Presentation moved to April 2021 virtual conference.

Wheat, L. S., & *Hightower, J. (2019, November). Loving, living, & losing: Loss inLGBTQ+ lives. Breakout session presented at the Tennessee CounselingAssociation conference, Nashville, TN.

Diambra, J. D., Gibbons, M. M., Spurgeon, S. L., Wheat, L. S., Brott, P. E., *Adams, C.,& *Blueford, J. M. (2019, October). Assessment in counselor education: Usingprogram dispositions as a gatekeeping tool. Education session presented at theAssociation for Counselor Education & Supervision conference, Seattle, WA.

Wheat, L. S., Matthews, J. J., & Whiting, P. P. (2019, April). Grief content inclusion inaccredited counselor education programs. Presented at the Association forDeath Education & Counseling conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cupit, I. N., Servaty-Seib, H. L., Varga, M. A., & Wheat, L. S. (2018, April). Teachingthat matters: Balancing the academic and personal. Panel discussion presentedat the Association for Death Education & Counseling conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Wheat, L. S. (2017, November). Loss, belongingness, & identity: What counselorsshould know about Third Culture Kids. Content session presented at theTennessee Counseling Association conference, Nashville, TN.

Wheat, L. S. (2017, June). Loss in the lives of LGBTQ+ People. Invited webinarsponsored by the Association for Death Education & Counseling.

*Clark, J. M., & Wheat, L. S. (2017, June). Religion and the rainbow: A counselortrainee’s journey to help clients reconcile conflicting identities. Education sessionpresented at the American Counseling Association ILLUMINATE symposium,Washington, DC.

Varga, M. A., Wheat, L. S., & Pollard, B. L. (2017, April). The grief experiences ofGraduate counseling students. Education session presented at the Associationfor Death Education & Counseling conference, Portland, OR.

Wheat, L. S., & *Farrell, I. C. (2016, September). Bringing bereavement out of thecloset: Partner/spousal bereavement among LGBTQ+ individuals. Educationsession presented at the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & TransgenderIssues in Counseling conference, San Antonio, TX

Laura Wheat

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Spurgeon, S. L. (2017). Evaluating the unintended consequences of assessment practices: Construct irrelevance and construct underrepresentation. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 50(4), 275-281. DOI: 10.1080.07481756.2017.1339563

Kaplan, D. M., Shifflett, E. T., Francis, P. C., Hermann, M. A., Baca, J. V., Goodnough, G. E., Hodges, S., Spurgeon, S. L., & Wade, M. E. (2016). New concepts in the 2014 ACA code of ethics. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Levy, J. J., & Spurgeon, S. L. (2016). Addressing client diversity throughout the diagnostic process. In B. Flamez & C. J. Sheperis (eds.), Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents (pp. 81-100). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Shawn Spurgeon

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  • Phone: 865-974-4181
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