Meet CMHC Faculty

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty

Teah L. Moore, PhD, LPCC-S, LPC, CPCS

Program Director

Dr. Moore received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University, a widely recognized program and three-time recipient of the Robert S. Frank Award for Outstanding Counselor Education Doctoral Program. She holds a Masters’ degree from Bradley University in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice. She is a recipient of outstanding alumni awards from Decatur Public Schools (Illinois) and Bradley University Counseling Program. Dr. Moore has worked with families, individuals, and children over the past 30 years. She has over 13 years’ experience in higher education teaching. She has served on various professional boards and holds memberships in several major counseling organizations. The former owner of The Damascus Road Counseling and Consulting provided clinical services to women, men, and children with relationship and mental health struggles. She also provides clinical supervision to aspiring professional counselors seeking licensure. Dr. Moore is a researcher, presenter, and successful grant writer. She enjoys working with students and looks forward to developing future professional counselors.

Nicole Ellis, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC

Clinical and Field Experience Coordinator

Dr. Ellis serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical and Field Placements in the Clinical Mental Health Program at Spalding University. She received her doctoral degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and has master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University in Mental Health Counseling and Education. She is also a Spalding University alum. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Ellis has worked in various settings, including higher education, community mental health, non-profit management, and independent private practice. She specializes in working with marginalized populations and is trained to provide trauma treatment for those impacted by interpersonal violence and field-related PTSD from military and emergency service work.

Rick Hudson, PhD

Program Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Hudson is currently an Assistant Professor at Spalding University and a therapist in private practice. Rick’s background includes serving diverse client populations as the Clinical Director for the Kentucky Autism Training Center, a Rehabilitation Counselor with the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and completing his doctoral internship at Gallaudet University. He has worked in community mental health and university counseling center settings. Rick’s research areas include emotional and self-esteem aspects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults, Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, the use of talent and strengths assessments in counseling and Tabletop Role Playing Games as group therapy modality.