David Dietrich, Ph.D., M.H.S.P
Counseling Program Coordinator
David Dietrich is a licensed psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. Dr. Dietrich has been a faculty member in the UTM counseling program since 2010. Prior to joining UTM, he was a high school counselor for three years, program director for a residential treatment facility for violent juvenile offenders for four years, and psychology professor for 11 years. This diverse professional background reflects his interest in both clinical mental health counseling and school counseling, with a focus on counseling adolescents and young adults. Dr. Dietrich's conference presentations and publications have focused on counselor education and online pedagogy.
Dr. Dietrich has conducted numerous workshops for school counselors and teachers throughout his career. Common topics have included: working with difficult students; teaching and counseling students living in rural poverty; bullying; and the use of solution-focused brief counseling in school counseling. He teaches courses in theories of counseling, career counseling, assessment, crisis counseling, and practicum in clinical mental and school counseling.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum and Internship Coordinator
Claire Dempsey is a nationally certified counselor who received her Ed.D. in Counseling Education from The University of Memphis. Dr. Dempsey has been a faculty member in the UTM counseling program since 2015. She currently serves as the Clinical Mental Health Practicum and Internship Coordinator. Prior to joining UTM, she worked as a mental health counselor for a hospital on the inpatient mental health, dual diagnosis, and geriatric psychiatric units as well as the hospital’s intensive outpatient hospitalization program (IOP).
Dr. Dempsey’s primary research interests include child sexual abuse prevention, coping skills for child sexual abuse survivors, coping strategies and access to qualified counselors for women with fertility roadblocks, and uniting school counseling and mental health counseling professions. Dr. Dempsey has presented on these topics at various conferences and workshops. She enjoys being active in the profession, particularly within her local state counseling organization and its various chapters and divisions. Dr. Dempsey currently teaches introduction to counseling, legal and ethical issues in counseling, internships in clinical mental health counseling, mental health and psychopathology, psychopharmacology, clinical mental health counseling, and mental health services management, consultation, and supervision.
School Counseling Practicum and Internship Coordinator
Tabitha Cude is a licensed school counselor who received her Ph.D. in Professional Counseling from Amridge University. Prior to this, she received her master’s degree from the UTM counseling program. Dr. Cude has been a faculty member in the UTM counseling program since 2017. She currently serves as the School Counseling Practicum and Internship Coordinator. Prior to joining UTM, she was a school counselor for four years. Dr. Cude’s interests include school counseling, the connection between school counseling and clinical mental health counseling, and online learning and instruction. Her conference presentations have focused on the beneficial link between clinical counseling and school counseling.
Dr. Cude enjoys conducting workshops for school counselors on the use of solution-focused brief counseling in school counseling and on specific issues that school counselors see within their roles. She teaches the school counseling internship courses and courses in school counseling, group counseling, lifespan development, and multicultural counseling.
Derrick Shepard earned his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Counseling from Tennessee Technological University. Dr. Shepard earned his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). He has extensive experience in the Office of Disability Services, Student Support Services, and Academic Success Center at UTK. In addition, he has worked with clients in private practice, outpatient, and inpatient settings. He has a strong desire to help students grow and develop their professional counselor identity through coursework and outside-of-class mentoring. His research interests include multicultural and social justice counseling competencies and social class as related to counselor preparation and counselor educator pedagogy. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his BBQ grill.
ZeVida A. Holman is a nationally certified counselor and a licensed professional school counselor who received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Memphis. Dr. Holman served as the Secondary Counselor and Deputy Principal of Xiamen International School in Xiamen, China. Before moving abroad in 2018, She was an Adjunct Professor in the Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research Department at The University of Memphis and a high school counselor with the Shelby County Schools District and Gestalt Community Schools. Dr. Holman has over 15 years of experience in counseling, consultation, coaching, and academic advising.
Dr. Holman is the founding director of Finding The You Inside Youth Ministry (FYI), 501(c)(3), and the owner of Empowering Books Publishing House (EBPH). She is the author of “So You Call Yourself a Counselor?: High School Counselors’ Impact on First-Generation African American College Students’ Post-Secondary Aspirations.” Dr. Holman has also published two adult coloring books, “I Am Who I Say I Am” and “All The Things I Want to Scream,” under the pseudonym of DruSuan Z. DiJuan – the middle names of her daughter and son, and the first initial of her name.
Dr. Holman’s research interests include the experiences of first-generation African American college students, low-income and minority students, and the counselor-student relationship.