Dr. Merrill Reese completed both his M.A. in Community Counseling and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University. He earned his B.S. in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Through his educational and professional opportunities at Regent, Reese has experienced enhancement of clinical skills as a counselor, graduate education, development of academic instructional skills, and opportunities to teach both locally and abroad.

Reese is dedicated to the creation of a sacred space for the participant to do their work as both a counselor and an educator. His major areas of interest include compassion fatigue, grief and loss, group counseling, marital and family therapy, and the role of spirituality in counseling.


Reese, M. T. (2009). "Sharing faith and therapy in South Africa." Faith and Therapy, Vol. 3 (7).

Reese, M. (2007). "Compassion Fatigue." Faith and Therapy, Vol. 2 (4).


2007 - 2013 American Counseling Association
2009 - 2011 American Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
2009 - 2011 Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
2009 - 2011 Association for Death Education and Counseling
2008 - 2013 Christian Association for Psychological Studies
2011 - 2012 Virginia Counselors Association

Meet Our Faculty

Anna Ord, Psy.D.

M.S. in General Psychology Program Director

Assistant Professor

757.352.4673 annashi@regent.edu
Cassandra D. Page, Psy.D.

Assistant PSC 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

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


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
Amy Trout, Psy.D.

M.A. in Human Services Program Director

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

Assistant Professor

757.352.4700 ozaporozhets@regent.edu


Evelyn Biles, Ph.D.
Jill Brue, Ph.D.
Ashleigh Bruns, Ph.D.
Gary Collins, 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.
Margaret Jensen, Ph.D.
Gregg Jensen, Ph.D.
John Kennedy, Ph.D.
Patricia King
Shannon Kuschel
Robert 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.
Tabitha Sierra, Psy.D.
Rachel Stephens, 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.