Figley Doctorates 
This is the page that talks about (brags about) those who graduated with a Ph.D. under the direction of Charles R. Figley. On this date, there have been 24 illustrious scholars who have earned their Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Charles R. Figley, Ph.D. Please send an Email to Professor Figley with your reaction, suggestions, additions, or changes. His Email address is Figley@Tulane.Edu.

Purdue University Years
In 1974 Charles Figley receive his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. By then he was an assistant professor in the department of child development and family studies at Purdue University. This Department had an illustrious history as the birthplace of the journal, Child Development and a launching pad for a series of important contributions to developmental and family psychology, family therapy, early childhood education, and other foci. He was assistant professor there from 1974 until 1978 when he established the Family Research Institute. He was associate professor from 1978-1983 and full professor from 1983 until he left for the Florida State University in 1989. Following are brief descriptions of his students during these Purdue years: 
1977 Robert Stretch, Ph.D.,  Director of the Division of Scientific Review at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5B01, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD  20892-7510. Telephone:  (301) 496-1485, (301) 402-4104 (FAX), Email: Bob is still in the Army Reserves (LTC) attached to Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. See his impressive CV for details of his illustrious career.  His wife, Anne, is on leave from her job as head of the Special Education Department at a Middle School here so that she can finish her Ed.D. in Special Education from Johns Hopkins.  Anne Michelle is 29 and was married a year ago this past June.  Her husband, Luke, is an engineer for Bechtel and is currently on a 1 year job near Albany, NY designing a power plant.  His daughter, AnneMichelle, is working as a recruiter for Aspen Systems and moved back in with us temporarily (along with her two Great Danes and 5 hamsters!) until Luke returns.  His son, Micah, is 26 and has his Master's from U. Maryland in Human Development.  He's currently a Research Assistant/Study Coordinator in the Medical Psychology Department at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) here in Bethesda.  Looks like he will be entering the Doctoral program at USUHS in the Fall to study biological correlates of behaviors like depression and anxiety using fMRI techniques.  Both kids got their Bachelor's degrees at Purdue.

1979 Richard J. Venjohn, Ph.D. Lost touch with Rick and hope that we can track him down soon.

1979 Walter R. Schumm, Ph.D., Professor, School of Family Studies and Human Services, 1700 Anderson Avenue,  Mail: 343 Justin Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1403 Phone: 785-532-1494  Phone:   785 532-1494 (work)  785 539-3641 (home). Home Address: 5900 Lake Elbo Road, Manhattan, KS  66502-8996. Email & Web Address: and  Currently Walter is married to Kimberly Ring and together they have seven children ranging in age from 6-21. They a 20 acre farm northeast of Manhattan, raising goats, sheep, chickens, guineas, and other livestock.  Dr. Schumm is recently retired form the US Army Reserves (July 2002). His last assignment was as Commander, 6th Brigade, 95th Division, Topeka, Kansas.   He was awarded the Legion of Merit.   His 6th Brigade selected as best company size unit in the world in U.S. Army Reserve for 2001 and its subordinate battalion, 11th Battalion, selected as best large unit in the USAR for both 2000 and 2001.  Also brigade had selected the best drill sergeant worldwide in the USAR for 2001. From his University's web page: Winner of the American Association of Consumer and Family Scientists' Moran Memorial Research Award, 1990, for research in family measurement and other areas of family studies and the Dawley-Scholer Faculty Research Excellence Award from the College of Human Ecology, 1997, for research on military families and Gulf War Illnesses.

1981 William Southerly, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology at the Frostburg State University. 219 Guild Center, Frostburg, MD 21532. Phone: (301) 687-4778 (secretary: 4193) Home; 1061 Peat Moss Road, Accident, MD  21520 Home Phone: 301-245-4298 BSOUTHERLY@FROSTBURG.EDUWeb: Married to Shelia for 26 years and together they have  2 sons - Landon (17 yrs old - Senior in High School) ; Tyler (13 yrs old - 8th grade). Home: 1061 Peat Moss Road,  Accident, MD  21520 and phone is 301-245-4298.

1984 Sandra K. Burge, Ph.D., Professor (with tenure), Department of Family & Community Medicine UCD, Room A428 University of Texas Heath Sciences Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio TX  78229. Phone:  (210) 567-4580 Phone: 210-358-3930 Sandy teaches research methods and doctor-patient communication to family practice residents and medical students. Her research interests and specialties are varied, including like diabetes management and medication compliance.
Here she is with her youngest nephew.

1987 Kathleen R. Gilbert, Ph.D., C.F.L.E, Associate Professor Dept. of Applied Health Science, Poplars 615 Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA  Phone: (812) 855-5209 Web address: Dr. Gilbert is a pioneer in web-based university instruction. Her Web-based 3-credit course, Grief in a Family Context, is at
More info on Kathy,  go to

1987 G. Richard Kishur, Ph.D.,  Kishur & Associates   4901 Richmond Square, Suite 102, Oklahoma City, OK  73118-2000, Office Phone:  (405) 848-3373.  Home Address: 6801 Lake Front Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73132, Home Phone: (405) 640-5383, E-mail:  Rick began to work as a counselor with the Veterans Administration “Vet Center” Program in Oklahoma City in 1984.  In addition to counseling veterans and their families, he began to develop anger management, domestic violence and sexual offender programs.  In 1989 he developed the comprehensive sexual offender treatment program for medium and low security inmates of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  His program was showcased in a segment of the CBS news magazine “48-Hours” in 1991.  Rick has been in private practice since 1992, providing specialized treatment to sexual offenders.  He conducts forensic assessment of offenders, consults, and provides training in sexual offender treatment throughout the United States.  In 1992, Rick published his comprehensive sexual offender treatment program.  Rick is married to Gina Jordan, also a counselor who works with high conflict divorce cases.  To maintain their mental health, they travel extensively.  At home they dote on their two grand daughters.  Rick recently completed the Pikes Peak marathon and is currently training for a century (100 mile) bike ride.

1987 Shirley Ann Segal, Ph.D.,  Inst SCI Information Atlas of Science,  Philadelpha, PA  19104 HOME: 1617 Hampton Rd. Havertown, PA 19083
See a Group Shot in 1987. 

1988 Chrys J. Harris, Ph.D.Family Therapy & Trauma Center, 311 Bennett Center Drive, Greer, South Carolina 29650, PH (864)968-9687, FX (864)968-9449. Email: Web:
May, 1997 - Present: Clinical Director for the Family Therapy & Trauma Center, P.A.;  providing general marriage and family therapy, focusing on adjustments or adaptations encountered in individuals, couples, and families; focusing on assessment (therapeutic and forensic), treatment, and prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individuals, families and groups.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Consultant in Forensic Psychotraumatology.

1988  Barbara Riggs, Ph.D., Asst. Professor (half time), Indiana Wesleyan University Graduate Counseling Program, 4201 South Washington St., Marion, IN 46953, (765) 677-2995. Email: Owner and therapist at EAGLE CREEK COUNSELING SERVICES, INC., 3935 Eagle Creek Parkway, Ste. C, Indianapolis, Indiana 46254. Phone: 317-293-5563. Fax: 317-293-7478. Home: 9209 Westdrum Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46231. Email: .Home address: 9209 Westdrum Ct, Indianapolis, IN 46231, Best Email:

1988 Emily M. Wadsworth, Ph.D. Assistant Director (retired) of the Women in Engineering Programs within the Schools of Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.  Dr. Wadsworth was Co-Principal Investigator for a large grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that resulted in ten recruitment and retention initiatives. Three of these initiatives were mentoring programs that were recognized in 1997 with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Engineering Mentoring from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wadsworth has spent these past two years working on a book titled "Giving Much/Gaining More" published by PU Press in 2002. The book is available by calling 1-800-247-6553 or through Home Address: 1132 Ravinia Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906. Home Phone: 765-743-2433. Email Address:

Florida State University Years
In 1989 Dr. Figley joined the faculty of FSU as a tenured professor in the School of Social Work and the Interdivisional Ph.D. Program in Marriage and Family, becoming Director of the Doctoral Program in 1990. Following are brief descriptions of his students during these Purdue years:

1993 Myung-Yong Um, MSW, Ph.D. Associate Professor (tenured), Dept. of Social Welfare at the Sungkyunkwan University. Address: 3-53 Myungnyun-dong, Jongno-GuSeoul, 110-745 Korea. Phone & Fax: +82-2-760-0636. E-mail:

1994 Rey Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Social Work (Office: 2053 MH-226) at  New Mexico Highlands University  Box 9000,  Las Vegas, NM 87701-9000. Office Phone: 505-428-307  Home Phone: 505-426-1497. Email: Biosketch:Rey C. Martinez is a graduate of University of Hawaii (1987), Boston University (Clinical Social Work, 1989) and Florida State University (Ph.D, 1995).

As a doctoral student Rey’s work in the area of nicotine dependence was jointly funded by the  Psychosocial Stress Research Center and by Lederle Pharmaceutical Company.  His dissertation was recognized at the National Symposium on Doctoral Research at Ohio State University, followed by an invitation to present his findings at the Nicotine Dependency Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Returning home to the Southwest, Rey Martinez accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP).  While at UTEP Rey completed several projects funded by the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC).  One such article entitled “The Glycemic Effect of Different Species of Nopalitos (prickly pear cactus) in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus,” evaluates the efficacy of a common, Mexican folk medicine practice and has been featured nationally on NPR’s Latino USA.  Rey, Sonia and their three children (all three born in Tallahassee) enjoyed living along the U.S. / Mexico Border for 6 years before moving to New Mexico.

Presently, Rey Martinez is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University.  Dr. Martinez teaches Advanced Multicultural Practice, a two semester graduate course for clinical social workers, and coordinates the Research Sequence for NMHU’s five campuses (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Farmington, Roswell).  His recent accomplishments include the development & delivery of Online modules for teaching statistical methods via distance delivery.  Rey is author of Social Work Guide to the Internet (Allyn & Bacon, 2001).

Rey has continued to pursue his interest in Family Therapy and Substance Abuse.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC) and was recently appointed to the Scientific and Policy Advisory Board of Prevention File, a publication of the Silver Gate Group.

With strong community ties, a commitment to underserved populations, and a passion for teaching, Rey’s has created numerous opportunities for New Mexico students wishing to pursue Social Work.  He serves on National Latino Social Work Organization (LSWO) Board of Directors and the Northern New Mexico Chapter of NASW.

1995 Michael F. Barnes, Ph.D., LMHC, Director of Clinical Services at Bayside Center For Behavioral Health, 1650 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34239-3555. Telephone Number:  (941) 917-8876. Fax Number: (941) 917-8782. Work Email:  Home Address:  6604 Wood Meadow Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202.  Home Telephone Number: (941) 755-1393.  Home Email Address:  Mike is married to Aimee Barnes and they have one son.  Patrick is currently 16 years old and is a sophomore at Lakewood Ranch High School.  Along with his work at Bayside Center, which is the Department of Psychiatry for Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Dr. Barnes is an adjunct faculty member in the Departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of South Florida and in the School of Psychology and Behavioral Science at Argosy University/Sarasota Campus.  He is also on the faculty of the Traumatology Institue at the University of South Florida.   Mike continues to publish and present his research and treatment approahes, with a current focus on the secondary trauma and family system disruption in families with a chronically mentally ill member.  Aimee Barnes is currently a Behavior Specialist and Guidance Counselor at Wilkinson Elementary School in Sarasota and is an adjunct faculty member in the Criminology Department at the University of South Florida.  Her email address is

1995 Cindy Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work, St. Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665. Email:
2000 Janet Nambi, Ph.D.Professor and Trauma Clinic Director, Psychology Dept,  PO Box 7062  Kampala, Makerere University, Uganda. Janet was a Fulbright Fellow while studying with me. She sought to understand and return to Uganda to help the many thousands of children who lost parents to AIDs.

1996 John S. Ducibella, Ph.D.3 Lamar Road, Danbury, CT.  06811-3943. Dr. Ducibella is a family therapist in Danbury.

2000 MaryDale Salston, Ph.D., (recent address change. More later). Email:

2000 Michael McGee, Ph.D., Director, Center for Elder Stress Studies, PO Box 15682, Tallahassee, FL  32317Phone: 850-877-6805. HOME: 3206 E Lakeshore Dr., Tallahassee, FL  32312 Email: Mike is an active researcher and consultant. We are working together on a submission to NIMH on mental health services to the elderly.

2001 Veronika Opsina-Kammerer, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant Professor School of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2570. Email: Veronika divides her time between work at the local regional hospital and teaching at FSU. She also teaches in Austria, her country of origin, once a year.

2001 Sanford Dale White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work, Division of Social Work, Valdosta State University, 1500 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31698-128. His office telephone number is 229-245-4340. He lives with his wife at 4218 Thornwood Way, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. If you would like to call him at home, it is 229-247-5957. His email address is He sends his regards to all his friends at FSU.

2002 Kevin Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Social Work, Newman University, 31100 McCormick Ave, Wichita, KS 67213, Phone:(316) 942-4291and FAX: (316) 942-4483. Email:

2004 Tina Staik, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University Center in Europe in the Graduate Counseling Program and Adjunct Professor, Distance Learning, Saint Leo University, currently living in Heidelberg, Germany, mailing address: Unit 29331 Box 278, APO AE 09266. Email Addresses: and

2006 Kenneth Fowler, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, FSU College of Nursing (850) 644-2854; Defense photos:

Left to right: Dr. Sally Karioth, Dr. Fowler, Dr. Figley right after the hooding ceremony at the FSU Summer Graduation, August 2006.

Dissertators Who Have Defended (prior to graduation):

Eric Gentry completed his defense June 10, 2005 and after his internship completion will be hooded at the upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Current ABD Students
Following are students working on their dissertation (topic of their dissertation is designated). 

Rene Schwallie McCoy, MSW (ABD). Email: 
David Mackey, MSW (Secondary Effects of War: Ethnographic Study of War Veteran Service Providers), 3451 Queens Street, Apt. 528, Sarasota, Florida  34231. Home Phone:  (941) 922-0770. Email: DMACKEY54@HOTMAIL.COM. 

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