Certified Clinical Sociologists

Directory of Certified Clinical Sociologists

Saudi Aramco Training and Development Organization
Kenneth K. Ayouby, EdD, PsyD, C.C.S.

Individual, group, and organization level consulting, including assessment, evaluation and other relevant mediations and practices designed to engage actors and to promote change through applying multidisciplinary interventions.

I focus on individuals, groups/communities, and organizations, especially in educational and training organizations and settings. Utilizing understanding of behavior and organizational dynamics, I support individual and group performance change and adaptability, focusing on personal empowerment, change management, culture creation, and organizational transformation. Major areas of practice are intercultural mediation, student advising/personal counseling and support services at the organizational, group and personal levels. Specifically, at the individual level, I provide individual/group coaching, advising and counseling services, which include socio-cultural advising, intercultural mediation and group integration, working as an educational counselor and student services adviser. At the group, community or organizational levels, I provide support as an intercultural liaison, clinical and consulting practitioner related to intercultural educational issues, which include cultural brokering and due process facilitation, as well as management.

South Dakota State University; Sociology and Rural Studies Department
MaryJo Benton Lee, Ph.D., C.C.S

Ethnic minority education and international education; Evaluation research for health care providers throughout South Dakota

My areas of specialization are race, ethnicity, and education. For most of my career I have been the coordinator of a nationally recognized program helping American Indian students prepare for and succeed in college. During the past year, as a Fulbright U.S. scholar to China, I have been teaching at Yunnan University and doing research for my third book, which deals with ethnic minority teachers and social change.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Professor of Sociology Emerita
Sarah Brabant, Ph.D., C.C.S.

As a Certified Family Life Educator, I am first and foremost an educator.  As such I use sociological concepts and theories to educate persons so that they can effect change in their own lives.  I primarily focus on loss, i.e., persons who are facing death themselves or persons who have lost someone to death. I see individuals as well as groups and in the past presented workshops to up to 200 at a time.  My book, Mending the Torn Fabric:  For Those Who Grieve and Those Who want to Help Them uses the analogy of a torn fabric as a picture of what grief looks like in order to explore the steps necessary to be able to once more use the material.  I was one of the founders of Healing House, a program for bereaved children and teens.  At this time in my life (85 years) I focus on at-risk, e.g., just out of prison. rehab, mental hospitals, children living in poverty, gay persons whose partner died.

York University/Sociology Department Canada
Sheila L. Cavanagh, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Individuals, couples, families, and community groups

Professor Cavanagh is a clinical sociologist with a private therapeutic practice in downtown Toronto, Canada. Her research, teaching and clinical work is in the area of psychoanalytic sociology, gender and sexuality studies. As a sociologist, Dr. Cavanagh understands the centrality of the social world to individual experiences. Her sociotherapeutic practice is based upon up to date social scientific research, psychodynamic therapeutic practices and principles. The therapy she offers is informed by sociological sub-fields including feminism, queer theory, transgender studies, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, indigenous studies, trauma studies, cultural studies and critical theory. Dr. Cavanagh’s therapeutic orientation is multidisciplinary but based on a long history of applied psycho/social dynamic research.

Erongo Social Services
Jano Coetzee, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Primarily, I focus on individual and small group sociotherapy. Overarchingly, when aiming to understand my practice activities as a clinical sociologist, the role of sociotherapist, group facilitator, organizational consultant, and trainer, should be taken into consideration. 

Midwestern State University and SoVerge Consulting
Wesley Don Cohoon, Dr. of Ministry, C.C.S.

Dr. Cohoon helps organizations and individuals consider how systematic and sociological factors impact people’s worldview, ability to build consensus, and beliefs and behaviors. The way that problems are identified and framed will affect the outcomes and proposed solutions. So, he reframes the issues and opportunities to address how each part interacts with the whole.

Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada; Executive Director Home Suite Hope Oakville, Ontario Canada
Sara Cumming, Ph.D., C.C.S.

gender, social policy, employment, not-for-profit, creativity and innovation, community engaged research, building inclusion and social capital.

Dr. Cumming focuses on community engaged research practices to collaboratively analyze, design, and implement innovative responses to social issues at the community level.  The bulk of her work focuses on marginalized populations and their (lack of) access to affordable housing, food security, access to social assistance, subsidized childcare, and employment. 

Bentley University, Department of Sociology
Gary David, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Gary David conducts ethnographic studies of work and experience design. Projects include examining the nature of collaborative activity in multicultural worksites, the impact of speech recognition technology and electronic medical records on healthcare, the implementation of enterprise systems on workplaces, and how co-workers build a collaborative relationship through engaging in workplace practices and applying conversation analysis and forensic linguistics to the examination of police interviews, interrogations, and interactions.

Shawnee State University
Sea Dunnen, Ph.D., C.C.S.

I have worked in local politics as a city councilman since January 2018 and currently is mayor. I have worked with several organizations to enact change.  My work has included collecting and organizing data, writing grants, conducting historical research, creating public art, writing legislation, creating new positions in city government, and coordinating student work in community projects.

Troy University
Sharon Everhardt, Ph.D., C.C.S.

My primary area of specialization as a clinical sociologist is in the field of social inequality, I utilize clinical sociological techniques to address social inequality with regard to food access and consumption. In addition to teaching, researching, and writing about social and food inequality amongst marginalized groups, I lead organizational-level interventions with food insecure populations.  The aim is to teach food insecure groups how to grow their own food and the nutritional benefits of doing so in self-sustaining ways. 

Virginia Department of Corrections
James Frazier, M.A./Ed.S, CSOTP, C.C.S.

I am a sex offender treatment provider, mental health professional, and instructor for the Virginia Department of Corrections. As a clinician, I specialize in the treatment and evaluation/assessment of individuals who have committed sex offenses. As an Academy instructor, I deliver trainings focusing on the provision of treatment services and supervision for sex offenders, transgender and LGBTI responsivity, suicide risk and response, and motivational strategies in counseling. 

University of Cincinnati
Jan Fritz, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Academic program review; dispute/conflict analysis and intervention (including coaching and mediation); organizational development; gender mainstreaming; research (policy, action, participatory, qualitative, historical).

University of California – Riverside
Justin Huft, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Justin Huft specializes in mental health interventions and mental healthcare system evaluations. He engages in data collection and creation of interventions aimed at clients, their families, stakeholders in the treatment, and staff.

University of Akron
Daniela Jauk-Ajamie, PhD, C.C.S.

Daniela Jauk’s primary area of specialization as clinical sociologist is gender (in)equality on a community level. She is particularly interested centering the voices of criminal justice involved women and girls in order to enhance their agency and their access to social justice, as well as to increase possibilities for healthy lifestyles for themselves and their communities in the context of environmental and reproductive justice. 

Professor Emeritus, University of Detroit Mercy
Daniel B. Kennedy, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Specialize in crime foreseeability, standards of care for security, police and corrections practitioners, use of force, correctional suicide prevention, conditions of confinement, PREA.

College of Southern Nevada
Melodye G. Lehnerer, Ph.D., C.C.S

Dr. Lehnerer focuses on small group and organizational interventions that address issues of inclusiveness. Currently, conducting LGBTQ safe zone training. Also qualified as a program reviewer including sociological practice programs accreditation.  As former AACS Certification Chair advises and evaluates certification applicants. 

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Christa Jane Moore, Ph.D., C.C.S., M.S.W.

Organizational development, families and child welfare, gender and power, care work and bureaucracy, social policy

Christa Moore focuses on interagency collaboration among rural human services organizations that integrate their services to vulnerable families and children. Her work emphasizes gender and power within child welfare systems. She uses community-based applied research to explore the strengths and gaps of collaborative exchange with a focus on social policy implications and improving care work practices and efficacy.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Professor Emeritus)
C. Eddie Palmer, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Assisting organizations with research strategies from conceptualization stage, through operationalization, data gathering, analysis, and application.  Construction of survey questionnaires, interview schedules, and interpretation of resulting data.  When applicable, encouragement of use of triangulated research strategies including a variety of quantitative and qualitative research techniques. 

Fontbonne University
Deborah Phelps, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Certified as a clinical sociologist with SPA in 1995 (CCS).  Qualified to do sociotherapy, particularly those with anxiety disorders or children of alcoholics.  Not practicing.  Works full-time as an academic.

Omega Graduate School; American Centre for Religion & Society Studies
Joshua D. Reichard, Ph.D., Ed.S., C.C.S

Dr. Reichard specializes in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions related to Organizational Change, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Educational Leadership and Public Policy, Urban School Leadership, Religious Sociology, and Applied Social Research, as well as issues addressing racial, socioeconomic, and ability diversity in education.

California University of Pennsylvania
Beverly Ross, Ph.D., C.C.S.

I am a court appointed mediator for the family divisions of both Washington and Allegheny Counties.  I work directly with Officers of the Court in specialized areas including appropriateness of reunification and co-parenting mediation. Application of conflict resolution and theory is essential to successful outcomes for clients who have been ordered to engage.

University of KwaZulu Natal
Mariam Seedat Khan, D. Phil., C.C.S.

My primary area of specialization is in the field of education, utilizing teaching and learning intervention methodologies and practices to assist clients to process information effectively, capitalizing on individual capabilities and strengths. Establishing individual learning style, information input and output, memory processing, intelligence, and concentration span results in improved academic outcomes. I conduct group and individual clinical interventions with clients. The aim is to teach clients how to maximize their capabilities and process information effectively.

Blackstone Group, Inc.
Roger Straus, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Marketing research, focus groups/interviews, consulting

University of Johannesburg
Tina Uys, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Tina Uys focuses on organizational development with an emphasis on improving organizational capacity and teamwork. In addition, she conducts applied social research, social impact assessments, and social policy analysis.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Linda R. Weber, Ph.D., C.C.S

I am an applied social researcher, social theorist, and group process specialist.  I primarily work with community organizations to meet their social research needs as they develop new programming.   

Salem State University
Yvonne Vissing, Ph.D., C.C.S.

Yvonne Vissing is a community, organizational, and pediatric sociologist with a specialty in human rights.  She works with local, national, and international groups to advance justice, equality, and social change.  Works include courts (Guardian ad Litem, mediation, and juvenile parole), research (author of 16 books), housing and homeless policy, unaccompanied youth, and children in conflict situations.