Helen I. Runyan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Dr. Helen Runyan began her higher education pursuit at the age of 35 with three children. At the time, as a stay-at-home mom, she had only a high school diploma. Today she holds a B.S. in Psychology from Regent University, as well as both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling from Old Dominion University. She also is now a mother of six.

Runyan insists that it is because of her faith in His promises, that she has found a passion for school counseling and educating counselors. It is her earnest desire to see students understand how to apply their own Christian worldview to counseling in an ethical manner. To this end, she challenges her students to critically analyze their Christian foundation juxtaposed to their current learning, and welcomes them to challenge her along the same lines. Runyan believes the best way to gain knowledge and wisdom is to give it away, and she aims to pursue this, not only in the classroom, but also in associations, conferences and publications.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Michel, R. E., Hays, D. G., & Runyan, H. I. (2015). "Faculty member attitudes and behaviors toward male counselors in training: A social cognitive career theory perspective." Sex Roles, 72, 308-320. [Invited manuscript]

Michel, R., Hall, S., Hays, D., & Runyan, H. (2013). "A mixed methods study of male recruitment in the counseling profession." Journal of Counseling and Development 91, 475-482.

Books/Booklets/Book Chapters:

Runyan, H. (2013). "Racism." In B. Erford & R. Byrd (Eds.), Applying techniques to common encounters in school counseling: A case-based approach. New York, NY: Pearson. [Invited chapter]

Runyan, H., & Grothaus, T. (2013). "De-escalating extreme behaviors/emotions." In B. Erford & R. Byrd (Eds.), Applying techniques to common encounters in school counseling: A case- based approach. New York, NY: Pearson.

Encyclopedia Entries, Interviews & Book Reviews:

Runyan, H. (2009). [Review of the book School counseling to close the achievement gap: A social justice framework for success, by C. Holcomb-McCoy]. The Counselor’s Bookshelf: Professional Books. Greensboro, NC: CSI, International.

Magazine Articles:

Runyan, H., Laoch, A., & Harricand, J. (2016, October). VCA Leadership Academy. The Virginia Counselor: The Official Newsletter of the Virginia Counselors Association, 15.

Runyan, H. (2016, July/August). Classroom management the school counseling way. ASCA School Counseling Magazine, 53(6), 36-41.

Runyan, H. (2015, November). Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (VAMCD). The Virginia Counselor: The Official Newsletter of the Virginia Counselors Association, 12.

Anderson, K., Grothaus, T., Stone, T., Upton, A., & Runyan, H. (2011). "Supporting students of military families." VSCA Voice, 10.

Thompson, S., Sanderfer, M., Davis, J., & Runyan, H. (2010). "Solving the supervision Rubik’s Cube: Adding dimension to cultivating supervisee development." Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Newsletter, 6(3), 9.


2006-present American Counseling Association, Member
2006-present Hampton Roads Counselor Association, Member
2006-present Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
2006-present Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Treasurer
2006-present Virginia Counselors Association, Member
2007-present Virginia School Counselor Association, Member
2007-present American School Counselor Association, Member
2008-present Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
2008-present Chi Sigma Iota, Chair Awards and Membership
2008-present Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
2015-present Journal of School Counseling, Reviewer
2015-2016 Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, President
2016 Virginia Counselors Association, President-elect
2016-2017 Virginia Counselors Association, President
2017-present Virginia Counselors Association, Past-President

Meet Our Faculty

Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4292 cpage@regent.edu
Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.

Director of Marriage & Ministry Assessment Training & Empowerment (MMATE) Center


757.352.4296 jennrip@regent.edu
Anderson B. Rowan, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Director


757.352.4433 arowan@regent.edu
James N. Sells, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academics


757.352.4368 jsells@regent.edu
Jacqueline R. Smith, Ed.D.

Counseling Department Chair

Clinical Counseling Programs Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4499 jrsmith@regent.edu
Rachel Stephens, Psy.D.

Psychological Services Center Assistant Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4280 rachha5@regent.edu
Ingo Tophoven, Ph.D.

Counseling Ministries Department Chair

Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Programs Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4868 ingotop@regent.edu
Amy Trout, Psy.D.

M.A. in Human Services Program Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4349 atrout@regent.edu
Cyrus Williams, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision Program Director

Associate Professor

757.352.4576 cwilliams2@regent.edu
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.

Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity


757.352.4829 markyar@regent.edu
Olya Zaporozhets, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity

Associate Professor

757.352.4700 ozaporozhets@regent.edu


Evelyn Biles, Ph.D.
Jill Brue, Ph.D.
Ashleigh Bruns, Ph.D.
Gary Collins, Ph.D.
Carissa Dwiwardani, Ph.D.
Gabriel Dy-Liacco, Ph.D.
John Ferreira, Ph.D.
Michael Franks, Ph.D.
Todd Grande, Ph.D.
Ularisi Green, Ph.D.
Kim Harris
Kristel Headley
Emily Hervey, Psy.D.
Tracy Jackson, Ph.D.
George Jefferson, Ph.D.
David Jennings, Ph.D.
Gregg Jensen, Ph.D.
Margaret Jensen, Ph.D.
John Kennedy, Ph.D.
Patricia King
Robert Kuschel
Shannon Kuschel
Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D.
Kimberly Lokeman, Ph.D.
Lisa Mazzio, Psy.D.
Jessica McCleese, Ph.D.
Elena McSwain, Psy.D.
Tricia Mikolon, Ph.D.
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D.
Lynn Olson Page, Ph.D., ABPP
Kamala Palmer, Ph.D.
Jennifer Park Teppig
Agatha Parks-Savage, Ph.D.
Jeremy Ruckstaetter, Ph.D.
Mary Sanderfer, Ph.D.
Scott Sautter, Ph.D.
Renee Seay, Ph.D.
Erynne H. Shatto, Ph.D.
Tabitha Sierra, Psy.D.
Paul Stevenson
Gregory Stewart, Ph.D.
Amanda Trent, Ph.D.
Kristyn Troyer, Psy.D.
Jerry Vuncannon, Ph.D.
Joyce Wagner
Donald Walker, Ph.D.
Melissa Windham, Ph.D.
Sara Wood, Ph.D.
Everett Worthington, Ph.D.