Rick A. Myer, PhD
Professor and Co-Director
Dr. Rick Myer was awarded the Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis in 1987. Dr. Myer is currently a Professor and Department Chair at the University of Texas El Paso and has worked in Higher Education for over 30 years. In addition to his academic positions, Dr. Myer has worked in clinical setting such as acute care psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals, residential treatment facilities, college counseling centers, and private practice settings. His work has also involved consulting with corporations around crisis intervention as well as training border patrol, law enforcement, and universities personnel to de-escalate crisis situations.
Chuling Lo, PhD., CRC
Visiting Assistant Professor and Co-Director
Dr. Chuling Lo received her doctorate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from the University of Iowa in 2013. Additionally, she completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Texas at El Paso, with a focus on sports concussion and mild traumatic brain injuries. Her research interests include counselor training, mild traumatic brain injury, and spiritual well-being assessment.
Emre Umucu, PhD, CRC
Dr. Umucu received his doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and joined UTEP in Fall of 2017. His research interests include veterans, substance use disorders, severe mental illnesses, diabetes, happiness, resilience, well-being, and positive psychology interventions.
Veronica Estala-Gutierrez, Ph.D. Candidate
Veronica Estala-Gutierrez joined the UTEP MRC program in the Summer of 2018 as the Director of the Rehabilitation Services Clinical Teaching Laboratory. She is currently completing her PhD in Counseling Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is part of the first MRC cohort at UTEP. Her research interests include employment barriers for individuals with disabilities and limited English Proficiency, competitive employment for transitioning youth, and traumatic brain injuries. Her prior work experience includes working with the Texas Vocational Rehab agency as both an adult and transition youth counselor, and working as an early intervention specialist for children with disabilities.
Ms. Weber is the Department’s Administrative Assistant and Building Manager. She has her AA in General Studies from University of Maryland. As a military child, military spouse and, now a military mom, she has seen the world. She has been employed at UTEP since September 1996 and has been working in the administrative/secretarial field for 40 years.