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   Ronnie Priest is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research. His research interests include diversity related issues as they impact counseling, child sexual victimization, and the impact of deployment to combat areas on women in the military and military personnel and or their families post deployment.  

Additional Information


  • B.A. Marketing Management - Baruch College - 1979
  • M.S. Counseling and Personnel Services - The University of Alabama at Birmingham - 1984
  • Ph.D. Counselor Education - The University of Alabama - 1990

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research - The University of Memphis - 1996-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research - Memphis State University - 1992-1996
  • Assistant Professor, Human Resources - University of Central Florida - 1990-1992
  • Assistant Professor, Counseling - The University of Alabama at Birmingham - 1988-1990
  • Counselor of the Year - West Tennessee Counselor of the Year - 1995
  • Martin Luther King Human Rights Award - The University of Memphis - 1996
Journal Articles
  • Nishimura, N., Weems, G., Schobert, M., & Priest, R. (2008). Program evaluation of a children's day treatment center: A survey of parent post treatment attitudes. Journal for the Professional Counselor, 22(2) 3-18.  
  •                                           SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 
  • Pruett, J.M., Nishimura, N., & Priest, R. (2007). The role of meditation in addiction recovery. Counseling and  Values, 52(1), 71-84. 

  • Priest, R. (1987). Confidentiality: Should it apply to child sex offenders? Alabama A. C. D. Journal, 14, 42-48.
  • Priest, R. (1988). Counseling adult children of alcoholics: Unique counseling issues and challenges. Alabama A. C. D. Journal, 15, 49-53. 
  • Priest, R. (1990). Counseling and standardized testing in African American communities: A possible cause for concern. Florida Association of School Psychologists Newsletter, 1(1), 2.
  • Priest, R. (1991). Ebonics: The promise and challenge to school psychologists. Florida Association of School Psychologists Newsletter, 1(3), 1.
  • Priest, R. (1991). Racism and prejudice as negative impacts on African American clients in therapy. Journal of Counseling and Development, 70, 213-215.
  • Priest, R. (1992). A preliminary examination of child sexual victimization in college African American populations. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 63, 367-371.
  • Priest, R. (1992). Coping responses of adult survivors of child sexual abuse: Implications for counseling. Florida Association of Counseling and Development Journal, 1, 47-56.
  • Priest, R. (1993). Counselors in therapy: Who heals the healer? California Association for Counseling and Development Journal, 13, 5-10.  
  • Priest, R. (1994). Minority supervisor and majority supervisee: Another perspective of clinical reality. Counselor Education and Supervision, 34, 152-158.
  • Priest, R. (1995). Assessment and Ebonics: The promise and challenge to school teachers, counselors, and psychologists. In C.R. Balado & E.I. Oteiza (Eds.), Cultural and linguistic diversity in American schools (pp. 49-59). Titusville, Fl: Intacostal Publishimg. 
  • Tennessee Counseling Association (Memphis, TN 21 Nov 2011) Topic: Effectively Addressing Challenges Related to Counseling Women Military Veterans 
  • Annual Child Advocacy Conference 15 July 2010 (New Orleans, LA) Topic: Preliminary Prevention of Child Sexual Victimization: A Cautionary Note
  • Tennessee Counseling Association (Chattanooga, TN 23 Nov 2010)  Topic: Counseling Returning Women (Soldiers Post-Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan 
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (Houston, TX 24 October 2008) Topic: Counseling Returning Women Deployed to Iraq: Warriors What Else Can You Give? 
  • Tennessee Counseling Association Annual Conference (Franklin, TN 22 Oct 2007) Topic: Unanticipated Challenges Counseling Military Families: It Really is the Mision 
  •                                              SELECTED PRESENTATIONS 
  • 2006 SACES Conference (Orlando, FL 7 September 2006) Topic: Ethnically Sensitive Diagnosis: Multicultural Idea Exchange 
  • 2005 Tennessee Counseling Association Conference (Memphis, TN 22 November 2005) Topic: School Counselors' Perceptions of Hispanic Students: Preliminary Findings 
  • 2005 Association of Counselor Education and Supervisions Conference (Pittsburgh, PA 21 October 2005) Topic: Multicultural Idea Exchange 
  • 2004 Conference Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Athens, GA 9-12 September 2004) Counselor Educators' Personal Attitudes about Spirituality: Part II Analysis of Survey Results  
  • Eleventh Biennial North American Personal Construct Network Conference (Memphis, TN 17-20 June 2004) Topic: "Counseling Multiracial Clients in Context: A Constructivist Approach"