Faculty and Staff Profiles

Clinical Professor, Counsel Education Psych Research
Email: pcogdal@memphis.edu
Office Location: Ball Hall 100b
Office Hours: Fridays 2-330 and Virtual Times Available

Pamela Cogdal is a Clinical Professor, Director of Counseling Programs and the Clinical Coordinator of Counseling Practice in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research. Her role includes coordinating practicum and internship experiences for all counseling majors as well as teaching graduate courses, supervising masters and doctoral students, managing CACREP accreditation & counseling program administrative duties as well as curriculum planning.

Pam has worked at the University of Memphis since 1988. She has taught in the programs of clinical mental health counseling and counseling psychology (Counseling Educational Psychology and Research) and has served as the Coordinator for Psychological Assessment in the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research (2002-2005).

 Dr. Cogdal is a licensed psychologist/ health service provider (HSP) and an approved clinical supervisor (ACS). Previous to her academic post, Dr. Cogdal served as the Director and chief psychologist for the Center for Student Development (now the campus Counseling Center, A.P.A. Approved).

She is also the Past-Chair of the Section on Independent Practice for APA’s Division 17 as well as Membership Chair of Division 17 and was Co-Director of a SAMSHA suicide campus prevention grant (Memphis STEPS!) from 2006-2013. Pam currently serves on the West Tennessee Counseling Association's Executive Board 2014- Present.

 Dr. Cogdal has contributed to a number of publications and national presentations related to career, counselor training, diversity, needs assessments, women’s issues, resilience and coping.


Additional Information


Resources for the Counseling Programs:


  • BA - Sociology Sociology - Major: Family Sociology - Southern Il. University - Carbondale - 1980
  • MA- Sociology Sociology- Major: Social Psychology - Southern Il. University - Carbondale - 1983
  • PhD- Educational Psychology Counselor Education & Supervision - Southern Il. University-Carbondale - 1989

Work Experience

  • Clinical Professor, CEPR Counseling Programs - University of Memphis - 2020 - Present
  • Director of Counseling Programs, CEPR/COE - University of Memphis - 2016- Present
  • Coordinator of Clinical Counseling Practice (Practicum and Internship), CEPR - College of Education - University of Memphis - 2007 - Present
  • Senior Psychologist/ Group Coordinator, Center for Counseling Learning & Testing - University of Memphis - 2006 - Jan 2007
  • Assistant Professor-CPSY/CEPR, CEPR-College of Education - University of Memphis - 2002 - 2006
  • Coordinator of Psychological Assessment, Center for Rehab & Employment Research - University of Memphis - 2002 - 2005
  • Affiliate Professor-CPSY/CEPR, CEPR-College of Education - University of Memphis - 2001-2002
  • Director- Center for Student Development, Student Affairs/Five Depts. - University of Memphis - 1993-2001
  • Manager of Psychological Counseling, Center for Student Dev. - University of Memphis - 1992-1994
  • Adjunct Professor, CEPR - College of Education - University of Memphis - 1989 - 2001
  • Staff Psychologist, Center for Student Development (Counseling Center) - University of Memphis - 1988-1992
  • Counselor Educator of the Year - Tennessee School Counseling Association - 2015-2016
  • Counselor Educator of the Year - West Tennessee Counseling Association - 2014-2015
  • Outstanding Chapter Programming Award - CSI - Kappa Zetas American Counseling Assoctiation - 2016
  • President's Leadership Award - Outstanding Campus Program "Blue Day" (STEPS/Active Minds) - University of Memphis - 2011
  • Governor Bredson's Proclamation of Excellence in Work Towards Suicide Prevention - State of Tennessee - 2009
  • Black Scholars Unlimited - Honored Faculty Mentor - University of Memphis - 2007
  • President's MeerKat Team Builders Award - University of Memphis ( Pres. Rawlins) - 1999
  • Outstanding New Professional ACPA 1990 - ACPA -  


  • SAMHSA STEPS-2 Suicide Prevention - SAMHSA Federal Gov. - $300000 - 2009-2012
  • SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant - STEPS - Federal Government - $250,000 - 2006-2009
  • Peterson Minority Research Grant - Graduate School - University of Memphis - $5000 - 2007 -2008
  • Testing Software Proposal - College of Education/ The University of Memphis - $3100 - 2004
  • New faculty Grant 2005 Designing a trauma assessment instrument for low functioning clients -   - $3100 -  
  • Retention Grant - Student Affairs - University of Memphis - $5000 - 2002-2003
  • Graduate Assistantship Development- 3 GA positions/ 2 Fully Funded - University of Memphis - Tuition/Fees for 2 and Stipends for 3 - 2004 -2006
  • New Faculty Grant - Coping With Stress for New Professionals (Co-Author) - University of Memphis - $2500 - 1994
  • University of memphis - LiFE Prep Committee Course Design FED EX - 2018 - Present
  • University of Memphis - BRAIN Center Compass - 2017 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Interprofessional Community Health Clinic Steering Committee - 2018 - Present
  • Univ of Memphis IRB - Research Reviewer - 2010 -Present
  • University of Memphis - CACREP Liaison Counseling Programs - 2016- Present
  • University of Memphis - SACS for CEPR/COE - 2015- Present
  • University of Memphis - QEP Committee - 2014 - 2016
  • University of Memphis - TEP Interviewing - 2008- Present
  • University of Memphis - Chi Sigma Iota Advisor and Back-UpAdvisor - 2014- Present
  • University of Memphis - Veteran's Mentor Coaching Program - 2014-Present
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer for Honors Research Forum - May 2010 to Present
  • Catholic School Testing Partnership - Supervision of Assessment - Spring 2011
  • Human Resources Training/Faculty & Staff - STEPS2 Suicide Prevention - Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
  • University of Memphis - Career PI Fair CEPR - 2006 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Grad School Fair - 2009 - Present
  • University of Memphis - TEP Interviews College of Ed. - 2006 - Present
  • University of Memphis - Welcome Back COE - 2006- 2015
  • University of Memphis - Admissions, Coordinator COUN - 2008-2009
  • University Of Memphis - Honors Research Judge - 2009 - 2016
  • COE University of Memphis - Diversity Committee (ICL) College of Education - 2002 -2007
  • University of Memphis - Co-chair of Academic Status Review - Academic Affairs - 2000-2006
  • University of Memphis - Presidents Task Force - Campus Environment Study - 2006-2008
  • APA - Chair Independent Practice Section Div 17 APA - 2006-2009
  • University of Memphis - NCATE Site Visit - 2008 & 2016
Journal Articles
  • Okwumabua,T, Dorn, A., Cogdal,P.,Chen, S., & Okwumabua,J. (2017). College Students’ Perceived Knowledge and Confidence in Suicide Interventions. Prevention and Health Promotion: Research, Social Action, Practice and Training, Winter Issue.
  • Casey, L., Zanskas, S, Meindl, J, Cogdal, P, & Para, G. (2012).Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress in Parents Following a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  
  • Sayger, T.,Uruk, A., & Cogdal, P. (2007). Examining the influence of family cohesion & adaptability on trauma symptoms and psychological well being. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy
  • Cogdal,P. (2007). Consultation. The Encyclopedia of Counseling Psychology. Vol. 2 PP 82-84. SAGE
  • Meyer,R, Rice,D., Allen, S, Cogdal,P., James,R. & Moulton,P (2007). The TASSLE Handbook. 

  • Donnell,C., Reyes,S.,Cogdal,P. & Porter,D. (2004). Examining rehabilitation counselor preparedness as vocational experts. Journal of Forensic Vocational Assessment.
  • McClellan,S.Cogdal,P.,Lease,S. & Londono-McConnell,A.(1996). Development of the Multicultural Assessment of Campus Programming. Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling and Development. 29 (2), 86-89.  
  • Lease,S.,Cogdal,P.,& Londono - McConnell,A.(1996). Assessing the learning environment for gay, lesbian and bisexual students.The College Student Development Journal.  
  • Lease,S.,Cogdal,P., & Smith,D. (1995). Counseling expectancies relating to counselor's sexual orientation and client's internalized homophobia.Journal of Gay Lesbian Psychotherapy.  
  • Pistole,C.& Cogdal,P.(1993). Empowering women: Taking charge of our university careers. Initiatives Journal.  
  • Stabb,S. & Cogdal, P.(1992). Minority college men in personal counseling. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.  
  • Cogdal,P. & Sanders,T.(1988). Exercises in empathy for counselor trainees. Illinois Association for Counseling and Development Quarterly.  
  • Lancaster, C., Casey, L & Cogdal, P. (2017). School Counseling and ABA: A Blended Approach. American Counseling Association Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA March.
  • Drabowicz, J., Capstick,K., Bolding,K., & Cogdal,P. (2016). On the mental health of graduate students. Southern Association of Counselor Education & Supervision, New Orleans.
  • Cogdal, P. & Rice, D. (2016). Creative Clinical Interventions in Counseling. West Tennessee Counseling Association Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Brown, J., Pitre,L., Woodfield, A. & Cogdal,P. (2016). Unpacking Your Baggage in Counseling: Creative Tips & Tools for Recovery Work. Woodall Conference, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.
  • Harrison, D. & Cogdal, P. (2016). Navigating Pain with New Techniques: DBT to the Rescue. West Tennessee Counseling Association. Memphis. Tennessee
  • Cogdal, P. & Rice, D. (2015). Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Hypnotherapy. West Tennessee Counseling Association Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.
  •  Cox,R. & Cogdal,P. (2015). Innovative Models for Training Counselor Supervisors.Association for Counselor Education & Supervision Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Harrison, D. & Cogdal, P. (2015). Developing Tools for Opioid Assessment to Make Informed Treatment Decisions. The Assessment and Research in Counseling Conference. Memphis. Tennessee.
  •  Cox, R. & Cogdal, P. (2015). The Ethics of Supervision: Using a Competency Based Approach. West Tennessee Counseling Association Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.
  •  Etheridge,M., Pitre, L., Trigg,T., & Cogdal, P. (2015). How to Shake it Off: Burnout Prevention for Helping Professionals. West Tennessee Counseling Association Annual Conference, Memphis,TN.
  •  Harrison, D. & Cogdal, P. (2015). Informed DBT Interventions Using a Group Model. West Tennessee Counseling Association Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.
  •  Cogdal, P. & Rice, D. (2015). Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with a Visual-Kinesthetic (V-K) Dissociation Technique. Woodall Conference, Delta State University.
  •  Cogdal,P. & Rice, D. (2014). DSM 5 : Challenges and Changes. Woodall Conference, Delta State University.
  • Okwumabua,T. & Cogdal,P. (2011). “Tools and Strategies to Prevent Suicide on a College Campus”. Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Annual Conference, Nashville.
  • Roberts,B.,Okwumabua,T.,&Cogdal,P.(2010). College students' opinions related to receiving treatment for suicidal thoughts. The Annual Mid-South Psychology Conference,Memphis.  
  • White,A., Cogdal,P., & Okwumabua,T. (2010). The relationship between college students perceptions about suicide and suicide myths". The Annual Mid-South Psychology Conference.Memphis.
  • Elliott,C., Okwumabua,T., & Cogdal,P. (2010). College students' perceived knowledge of suicide and confidence in suicide prevention skills: A comaprison of health related and nonhealth related majors.

    O’Brien,J., Cogdal,P. & Stamler, V. (2009). Professionals and grief: Coping with the death of a client. The 117th Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Toronto.

    Cogdal,P. & DeFouw, J. (2009). Suicide prevention training: Does it work? Partners in Prevention Conference, Nashville.

    Okwumabua, T., Blake, N., & Cogdal,P. (2008). Engaging community scholarship: Aids, suicide and diversity student training programs. Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta. Okwumabua,T.

    Cogdal, P., Gillelyn, G., Cooke, N., Hunter, B., & Haskins,E. (2008). Safeguarding Students Against Suicide. Memphis in May Conference, Memphis.

    Gibbs,K., Cogdal, P., Saulter,R. & Shreve,S.(2008).Healthy Collaborations: Prevention Stories from the Blue and the Orange. Memphis in May Conference, Memphis.

     O’Brien,J.,Cogdal,P.,Eichel, S., Savoy, H. & Burnes, T.  (2008). Clinical Practices for Diverse Populations. International Counseling Psychology Conference, American Psychological Association Conference, Chicago.

    Obrien, J., Cogdal, P., Vasquez, M.& Carter,J. (2008). Social Advocacy as Part of Counseling Psychology’s Clinical Directions. The 116th Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Boston. 

  • Donnell,C., Cogdal,P., Badgett,K., Howell,C., & Stayley,M. ( 2005). Examining counselor attitudes towards African American women with eating disorders. Poster Accepted for the 113th Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.  
  • James,R. & Cogdal,P.( 2005).An ecosystemic model for crisis intervention training.Poster accepted for the 29th Annual Crisis Convening. Chicago,IL
  • Uruk,A., Sayger,T., & Cogdal,P. (2005). Family relations, hope and coping strategies among clients with disabilities. Poster presented at The Multicultural Summit, Division 17- A.P.A. Hollywood, California.
  • Uruk,A., Cogdal,P. & Sayger,T. (2005). Family relations hope and coping strategies among university students. Poster presented at The Multicultural Summit, Division 17 - A.P.A. Hollywood. California.
  • James, R..,& Cogdal,P.(2004).An ecosystemic approach to crisis intervention. The American Counseling Association Conference. Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Strauser,D. Lustig,D, James, R., & Cogdal,P. (2004). Does trauma impact career decisions, vocational identity and work personality? The American Counseling Association. Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Obana,M. & Cogdal,P. ( 2004).The study of stress in Japanese working women. The 112th Annual American Psychological Association Conference. Hawaii.
  • Strauser,D., Cogdal,P., Lustig,D. & Uruk,A. (2004).Differences in recalled trauma symptoms based on disability status. The 112th Annual American Psychological Association Conference. Hawaii.
  • Obana,M. & Cogdal,P. ( 2004). College student body art: Diversity in the construal of self expression. The 11th Biennial Conference of the North American Personal Construct Network. Memphis, TN.
  • Cogdal,P. & Claybon,L. (2004). Assessing barriers to online counseling instruction. The Annual Distance Education Conference. Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • Uruk,A. , Cogdal,P.,& Bridges,S. (2003). Changes in family composition: Coping and coherence in a college population. Harvard's Emerging Adulthood Conference sponsored by-The American Psychological Association. Boston, Ma.
  • Uruk,A. Smith,L.,Cogdal,P & Sayger,T.(2003). The relationship of family cohesion to career thoughts and work personality. The 111th Annual American Psychological Association. Toronto,Canada.
  • Cogdal,P.,Donnell,C., & Yanchak,K. (2003).Families coping with disabilities.The National Rehabilitation Association Conference. Nashville, TN.
  • Strauser, D., Lustig,D., Donnell,C.& Cogdal,P. (2003). Examining the impact of trauma on career thoughts for individuals with disabilities. National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Tucson,Az.
  • Cogdal, P., Brignole, M., Young, R.,& Thompson, B. (2002). The YO SMART intrusive intervention. Tennessee Counseling Association, Memphis.
  • Strauser,D.,Cogdal,P.,& Lustig,D.(2002). The Impact of trauma and sense of coherence on career thoughts. Tennessee Counseling Association. Memphis.
  • Strauser, D., Lustig,D.,Cogdal,P., Mosher,C.,& Smith,L.(2003). A study of the Career Thoughts Inventory using clients with disabilities. American Counseling Association. Anaheim, Ca.
  • James,R., Cogdal,P., Pazar, J., White,T.,& Coke - Weatherly,A. (2002). A vicarious traumatization: Compassion fatigue. Delta State University, Invited Trauma Forum.
  • Cogdal,P. (2001). Crisis intervention for professionals following "9-11". West Tennessee Counseling Association. Memphis.
  • Krantz,P,King,A., & Cogdal,P. (2000).Counseling centers for the new century. The Annual AUCCCD Director's Conference. Snowbird,Utah.
  • Cogdal,P & Phox, B.(1998). Computerized testing issues for counseling centers.The Annual AUCCCD Director's Conference. Santa Fe.
  • Carson,D .Bingham,R.,& Cogdal,P.(1996). Restructuring in student affairs.The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Chicago.
  • Cogdal,P.,& Cozzens,D. (1995).Family matters. The Annual AUCCCD Director's Conference. New Port, Rhode Island.
  • Cogdal,P & Willette,C. (1994).Roundtable for women practitioners: Getting established. The American Psychological Association Conference.
  • Lease,S.& Cogdal,P. (1994).Assessing the Needs of Gay Lesbian Students. The American Psychological Association Conference.
  • Cogdal,P., Krantz,P,& Hyde-Perry,F. (1994).Challenges and trends of counseling centers. Memphis in May Student Affairs Conference. Memphis,TN.
  • McClellan,S& Cogdal,P.(1994). The MACP - Promoting diversity in higher education. The Memphis in May Student Affairs Conference, Memphis,TN.
  • Cogdal,P., Clement, J.,& Wickes,K.(1994). Assessing perceptions of students regarding alcohol  
  • Cogdal,P.& McClellan,S. (1994).The Multicultural Assessment of Campus Programming (MACP). The American Counseling and Personnel Association Conference (ACPA).
  • Lease,S. & Cogdal,P.(1994). Assessing the learning environment of Gay/Lesbian students. The American Counseling and Personnel Association Conference (ACPA).
  • Lease,S,Cogdal,P.,& Smith,D.(1993). Factors mediating stress in the new professional.The Annual American Psychological Association Conference.
  • Cogdal,P. & Cozzens,D. (1993). Where to go from here: Managing the demands of counseling centers.The Annual AUCCCD Director's Conference.Memphis,Tn.
  • Cogdal,P. & McClellan,S.(1993). The Multicultural Assessment of Campus Programming - An uncommon phenomenon. ACPA.
  • Lease,S.& Cogdal,P.(1993).Occupational stress and mediating factors in new female professionals.ACPA.
  • Lease,S. & Cogdal,P. (1993).Counseling expectancies related to counselor orientation and client's homophobia. ACPA.
  • Cogdal,P. & Pistole,C. (1992).From shame to gain : Reframing the meaning of divorce. The American Association of Counseling and Development (A.A.C.D.).
  • Lease,S.& Cogdal,P.(1992).Counseling expectancies related to counselor orientation. A.P.A.
  • Davis,K., McKee,A., Cogdal,P. & Constantine,M.(1992). Symposium:Counseling through domestic violence: implications of culture. A.P.A.
  • Cogdal,P. (1991).Mentoring today for more leaders tomorrow. A.C.P.A.
  • Cogdal,P. & Pistole,C.(1991). Optimizing wellness for entry level professionals. AACD.
  • Cogdal,P.& Stabb,S.(1991). Enhancing counseling services for male minorities.A.C.P.A.
  • Bingham,R., Cogdal,P. & Stout,J. (1991).Empowering Black college students today for more leaders tomorrow American Counseling Association (ACA).Atlanta.
  • James,R & Cogdal,P.(1991). Adult survivors of childhood abuse- A multi-faceted approach. Poster Presented at APA.
  • Bingham,R.,Cogdal,P.& Stout,J.(1991). Performing research in counseling centers. MIMSAC. Memphis,TN.
  • Cogdal,P. (1991).Multicultural college populations - An assessment of needs and perceptions. MIMSAC. Memphis,TN.
  • Cogdal,P.& Stout, J. (1991). Retention of high abiltiy minority students.MIMSAC. Memphis,TN.
  • Stabb,S.& Cogdal,P.(1991). Special populations : A needs assessment to improve college services. ACPA.
  • Farber,A & Cogdal,P.(1989). An interdepartmental intervention for students at risk. ACPA.
  • Bingham,R.,Cogdal,P.& Julich,E.(1989). Working in the interest of adult students. MIMSAC.Memphis,TN..
  • Cogdal,P.& Barone,R.(1987).Students in crisis.The Annual Illinois Counseling Association Conference.Chicago,Illinois.
  • Cogdal,P. & Cochran,P. (1987).Re-entry women - A group approach,. The Annual Illinois Counseling Association Conference. Chicago,Illinois.
  •  United Way Management Series - Coping With Stress 2000 - Present