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Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D.

Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D. — Associate Professor

"[I want students to take away] a sense of passion about their chosen profession. What we do is so fun! I want students to get a sense of that!"

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education – University of Mississippi
  • M.Ed. in Counseling – Delta State University
  • B.B.A. in Marketing – University of Mississippi

Department: Counseling

Career highlights:
Editor: Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice for Pearson Publishing; co-chair ACA Ethics Committee

When did you start teaching in the online program?

What's the best advice you have ever received from one of your professors?
Always say yes to a clinical or writing opportunity. The "how" will come later!

Which philanthropic causes are you involved with?
I give back to the local community via our Cardinal Clinic. I provide $1,000 worth of free services monthly to clients in the clinic.

What's the most important thing you want students to take away from your class?
A sense of passion about their chosen profession. What we do is so fun! I want students to get a sense of that!

What qualities do you think make someone particularly successful in your field?
A willingness to invite people into the process. Compassion. Diagnostic acumen.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in one of your classes?
I was once sitting at a table with interns. My chair was on wheels, and the seat was (apparently) broken. I started falling out of the chair in the middle of supervision and slid slowly under the table. The funny part was my students say I kept making my point! I never quit talking!

Who would play you in your biopic and why?
Mariska Hargitay. Just because I like her :-)

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