Counselor Education Faculty

The Counselor Education Department faculty are committed to providing the highest quality education to all students.  We model best practices by providing a strong student-centered curriculum with an emphasis on ongoing formative feedback to help candidates develop personally, academically, and professionally.

Department Chair

Jason Laker, PhD
Sweeney Hall (SH) 404

Dolores DeHaro Mena

Faculty Directory

Imee Almazan, EdD | Lecturer

Marion Beach, EdD | Lecturer

Michele Burns | Lecturer

Lorri Capizzi, EdD | Assistant Professor

Kyoung Mi Choi, PhD | Associate Professor
Twitter: @KyoungMiChoi

Jimma Cortes-Smith | Lecturer

Dolores DeHaro Mena, PhD | Professor

Amy Gutierrez | Lecturer and Graduate Fieldwork Coordinator

Xiaolu Hu, PhD | Professor

Esther Hugo, EdD | Lecturer

Amna Jaffer | Lecturer
Twitter: @JafferAmna

Kelly Kruger | Lecturer

Jason Laker, PhD | Professor
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Michael Mann-Stock | Lecturer

Zachary McNiece, PhD | Assistant Professor

Dolores DeHaro Mena, PhD | Professor

Brent Peterson, PhD | Lecturer


Devon Reckmeyer-Hibbert, PsyD | Lecturer

Latisha Roberts, EdD | Lecturer


Aubrey Uresti, PhD | Assistant Professor
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Erika Zepeda, PsyD | Lecturer

Recent Faculty Highlights

Yes Magazine

Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi published the opinion piece "What I Learned When I Came Out to My Asian Mother" in Yes! Magazine.

"Initially, she was shocked. She expressed her excruciating pain and disappointment toward me and herself, thinking that she wasn’t a “good” Asian mother. She became silent for a while; years went by. Then she slowly opened up, started asking me questions, listening to my stories, and meeting my partner. She ultimately replaced her feelings of shame and guilt with deeper understanding and love."

Kyoung Mi Choi

Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi copublished "A phenomenological approach to understanding sexual minority college students in South Korea" in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Dr. Lorri Capizzi, along with Teacher Education faculty Brent Duckor, co-presented the webinar “How can Teachers, School Counselors, & Administrators support educational outcomes for students in foster care during extraordinary times?” as part of their SJSU Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE) and in collaboration with the CSU Center for Closing the Opportunity Gap (CCOG).

Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi, along with Child and Adolescent Development faculty Dr. Robert Marx, have established the "Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms & Our Campus" initiative, which offers introductory and advanced trainings at the department and college level around topics like pronouns and vocabulary terms, the hidden curriculum in our classes, and creating opportunities for authentic self-expression. Learn more about the initiative on the Lurie College of Education Strategic Plan webpage.

Xiaolu Hu

Dr. Xiaolu Hu recently received a Special Recognition Award from the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) for her many years of hard work and dedication to our students, department, college, and university. 

Jason Laker

Dr. Jason Laker has been named the new editor of the Journal of Men’s Studies. Read the interview with Jason at mensstudies.org/Newsletters.

Lorri Capizzi

Dr. Lorri Capizzi is part of a team that recently received a $300,000 grant to establish the Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE). Read the press release on the Lurie College blog.