Counseling Research Lab

The Counseling Research Lab exists to foster interdisciplinary research on mental health and counseling. The lab is staffed by the director and graduate student research assistants in the Counselor Education Department.

Jesse Fox


Jesse Fox, Ph.D. serves as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Director of the Counseling Research Lab. He joined the faculty at Stetson University in 2017 after serving several years on the faulty of Loyola University Maryland in the Department of Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Fox's research interests included the intersection of counseling and spirituality and religion, addictions, assessment and evaluation, and counseling processes that foster therapeutic effectiveness. He has conducted research and published on topics such as spiritual bypass, meditation, forgiveness, altruism, spiritual and religious pluralism, assessment development among others. Dr. Fox is passionate about getting students excited and involved in the process of scientific discovering. Please contact him if you are interested in becoming involved in the research lab.

Mary Kate Curry

Research Assistant

Mary Kate Curry

Bachelor of Philosophy, Concentration in Religious Studies, Minor in Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport University,

Master of Theological Studies, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Research Interests: Substance abuse and therapeutic modality; the role and form of spirituality in substance abuse and recovery context; accessibility issues and removal of barriers to substance abuse treatment.

Current Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Daisy Zhaoxuan Zhou

Research Assistant

Zhaoxuan Zhou (Daisy)

Previous Education: Bachelor of Psychology, Peking University, Beijing, China

Research Interests: Multicultural issues in counseling, spiritual wellness, and working with youth and their families.

Current Program: Master of Science in Children and Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Play Therapy Certificate

Research Assistant

Lisa Rickman

Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education, Daytona State College

Research Interests: Postpartum recovery and traumatic birth experience; spirituality and moral identity development; collaborative strategies for counselors and teachers to better serve students in crisis; working with trauma in children & adolescents.

Current Program: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Current Projects

The Spiritual Bypass Project

This project involves the development and validation of spiritual bypass as a construct of importance for basic and applied research in counseling in a variety of diverse contexts.

  • Project Leader: Jesse Fox, Ph.D.
  • Research Assistant: Mary Kate Curry
  • Related Studies: Magyar-Russell, G. & Fox, J. (2019-Present). Client use of religion and spirituality in the counseling and psychotherapy process. (IRB#HS-2019-073).
  • Guttieriez, D., Mullen, P. R., & Fox, J. (2018-Present). Spiritual bypass and addiction recovery. (IRB# EDIRC-2018-10-19-13223)