Pamela Cogdal, Ph.D., LCP – HSP, ACS is the Director of Counseling Programs and Clinical Coordinator of Practicum & Internship in the Department of Counseling Educational psychology & Research at the University of Memphis. Dr. Cogdal is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Counseling program.
Dr. Cogdal graduated from Southern Illinois University’s Counselor Education program in 1989. Dr. Cogdal has worked at the University of Memphis since then and has taught in both the counseling and counseling psychology programs and served as the Coordinator for Psychological Assessment in the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research (2002 – 2004). Dr. Cogdal is a licensed psychologist and previous to her academic post, Dr. Cogdal served for nine years as the Director and chief psychologist for the Center for Student Development (now the Counseling Center) which is an APA accredited training program at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Cogdal currently pursues research in the areas of career and work-life balance, trauma, practice outcomes, and suicide prevention. During her career Dr. Cogdal has contributed to over 90 national presentations and has published in areas related to career, counselor training, diversity, needs assessments, trauma, resilience and coping. Pam was the Co-director of a SAMHSA suicide prevention grant (Memphis STEPS 2006 – 2014) which totaled $500,000 and has served on editorial boards for referred journals and as a consultant for university and community agencies throughout the Mid-South.
Recently Dr. Cogdal was the Counselor Educator of the year for both the West Tennessee Counseling Association and the Tennessee School Counseling Association. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.