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Shawn Spurgeon

Shawn Spurgeon, PhD, LPC-MHSP

Associate Professor


I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I arrived here in 2006; I have embraced the community and made some great connections here on campus. I was raised in the city but I have tried camping, hiking, and white water rafting since I have been here. Even though the allergy problems have been somewhat of a challenge for my kids, we have embraced the Rocky Top experience! I have been a Counselor Educator for almost 20 years and have worked in a variety of community mental health settings during my career. I believe that my life experiences definitely serve as a catalyst for my classroom engagement.


  • African American Males & Wellness throughout the Life Span
  • Professional Counselor Identity Development
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Resiliency in Foster Children


  • PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2002
  • EdS, Marriage and Family Counseling, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998
  • MS, Community Counseling, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998
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Spurgeon, S. L. (2015). Employment settings for clinical mental health counselors. In D. S. Sheperis & C. J. Sheperis (eds.), Clinical mental health counseling: Fundamentals of applied practice (pp. 64‐80). New York: Merill.

Shawn Spurgeon

Contact Information

  • 438 Claxton Education Complex, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-4181
  • E-mail:

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