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Melinda Gibbons

Melinda Gibbons, PhD, NCC

Professor, Program Coordinator, Co-Primary Investigator

Biography

As the mother of two boys, the majority of my free time is spent with them. We enjoy hanging out together as a family, doing anything from watching movies to walking our dogs. I also try to exercise regularly and spend time with my husband.


Research

  • Career Development Across the Lifespan
  • Prospective First-Generation College Students
  • FUTURE: Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Co-Primary Investigator & Supervisor
  • PIPES: Possibilities in Postsecondary Education & Science for Rural Appalachian Youth; Co-Primary Investigator, Science Education Partnership Award from National Institutes of Health

Education

  • PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005
  • MS, EdS, School Counseling, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1996
  • BA, Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA. 1992
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Publications

Rhinehart, A., & Gibbons, M. M. (2017). Adlerian therapy with recently romantically separated college-aged women. Journal of College Counseling.

Gibbons, M. M., Hyfantis, J. A., Cihak, D., Wright, R., & Mynatt, B. (2016). A social-cognitive exploration of the career and college understanding of young adults with intellectual disabilities. Professional School Counseling, 19, 80-91.

Hughes, A. N., & Gibbons, M. M. (2016). Understanding the career development of underprepared college students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice.

Banks, B., & Gibbons, M. M. (2016). Dialectical Behavior Therapy Techniques for Counseling Incarcerated Female Youth: A Case Illustration. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 37, 49-62.

Burgin, E., & Gibbons, M. M. (2016). More life, not less: Using narrative therapy with older adults with bipolar disorder. AdultSpan, 15, 49-61.

Basma, D., & Gibbons, M. M. (2015). An existential approach with Arab American immigrants. Journal of Humanistic Counseling.

Gibbons, M. M., & Hughes, A. (2015). Chapter 5: The high school. In J. Daigle (Ed.), Classroom guidance for prevention, accountability, and outcomes. Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage.

Gibbons, M. M., Hughes, A., & Woodside, M. (2015). Exploring the Impact of Culture on Career through the Career-in-Culture Interview. AdultSpan, 14, 77-89.

McMahon, D., Smith, C., Cihak, D.F., Wright, R., & Gibbons, M. M. (2015). Effects of digital navigation aids on adults with intellectual disabilities: Comparison of paper map, Google Maps, and augmented reality. Journal of Special Education Technology, 28(3).

Cochran, J., Gibbons, M. M., Cochran, N., & Spurgeon, S. (2015). Challenges in educating students with highly disruptive behavior: A report from a large, urban, high poverty elementary school. Journal of At-Risk Issues18, 1-10.

Cihak, D. F., McMahon, D., Smith, C. C., Wright, R., & Gibbons, M. M., (2015). Teaching individuals with intellectual disabilities to email across multiple device platforms. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 645-656.

Gibbons, M. M., Cihak, D. F., Mynatt, B., Wilhoit, B. (2015). Faculty and student attitudes toward postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability and autism. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 28, 149-162.

Gibbons, M. M., & Woodside, M. (2014). Addressing the needs of first-generation college students: Lessons learned from adults from low-education families. Journal of College Counseling17, 21-36.


Presentations

Gibbons, M. M., Goodman, J., Savickas, M., & Pope, M. (2016, June). Teaching career counseling at the master’s and doctoral level. To be presented at the national conference of the National Career Development Association, Chicago, IL.

Dedmond, R., Marco-Scanlon, C., Evans, K., Gibbons, M. M., Siwiec, A. K., Friday, A. (2016, June). NCDA Counselor Educator Academy panel: Making meaning of career counseling education. To be presented at the national conference of the National Career Development Association, Chicago, IL.

Rhinehart, A. J., Painter, E. W., & Gibbons, M. M. (2015, October). Helping introverted graduate students become successful leaders. Presented at the national conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, PA.

Gibbons, M. M., Kronick R., Basma, D., Wheat, L., Brooks, T., & DeDiego, A. (2015, October). Service learning and outreach to connect students with culturally diverse populations. Presented at the national conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, PA.

Gibbons, M. M. (2015, June). Creating a systemic K-12 career and college readiness program. Presented at the national conference of the National Career Development Association, Denver, CO.

Gibbons, M. M., Evans, K., Hayden, S., Burns, S., & Clark, A. (2015, June). Teaching students about the connections between social class and career development. Presented at the national conference of the National Career Development Association, Denver, CO.

Brooks, T., & Gibbons, M. M. (2015, May). Spice up your work with clients by introducing expressive arts activities. Presented at the state conference of the Tennessee Career Development Association, Nashville, TN.

Gibbons, M. M., Bussey, L., DeDiego, A., & Gamble, R. (2015, March). Career-related counseling for clients with intellectual disabilities and autism. Presented at the national conference of the American Counseling Association, Orlando, FL.

Gibbons, M. M., Marco-Scanlon, T., Glavin, K., Burns, S., & Hayden, S. (2015, March). Re-imagining your career course for the 21st century. Presented at the national conference of the American Counseling Association, Orlando, FL.

Shurts, W. M., Williams, D. J., & Gibbons, M. M. (2015, March). A practitioner’s guide for providing effective practicum/internship site supervision. Presented at the national conference of the American Counseling Association, Orlando, FL.

Melinda Gibbons

Contact Information

  • 441 Claxton Education Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-4477
  • E-mail: mgibbon2@utk.edu

Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

535 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-8145 Fax: 865-974-0135