Elizabeth R. O’Brien, PhD, LPC, is a University of Chattanooga Foundation associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She currently serves as the coordinator of the counselor education program and maintains a private practice in the Chattanooga area. Dr. O’Brien received her PhD from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, in 2007. She holds an educational specialist degree in marriage and family counseling from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. O’Brien is a licensed professional counselor in Tennessee and is certified as a professional school counselor in West Virginia.
Dr. O’Brien’s research interests include integrating wellness training in counselor training and supervision, mindfulness training with women transitioning out of incarceration, and integrating yoga-based spiritual practices into counseling with adults and adolescents. Prior to her academic appointment, Elizabeth was a school-based counselor working with elementary, middle school, high school, and alternative-school children and their families in Lexington, South Carolina.
Michael A. Hauser, PhD, LPC, NCC, is currently working for the federal government in central Texas as a clinical coordinator and marriage and family therapist. His primary work is with veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As the clinical coordinator, he ensures quality clinical services and provides training to various community agencies in order to educate and advocate for veterans with PTSD. Prior to this position, he was a lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in the leadership doctoral program and the counseling master’s program. Dr. Hauser is retired from a career in the U.S. Army after serving in training and leadership positions for 23 years. After 6 years in the corporate world in Michigan he moved to Georgia and began his counseling education. He has worked in an inpatient hospital environment and a partial hospitalization program supporting seniors and the physically impaired. Prior to his current position he worked in a private practice in northeastern Georgia, serving adolescents and adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues, as well as conducting marriage and family counseling. He has published various works, and served as an editor for Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.
Dr. Hauser’s research interests include PTSD and its effects on the individual, couples, and families, as well as therapeutic outcome efficacy. His dissertation was entitled “The Role of Optimism and Working Alliance and Its Utility in Predicting Therapeutic Outcomes in Counseling Relationships.”