Dr. Melanie B. Roudkovski

Professor and Chair of Psychology

MelanieRoudkovski@letu.edu

Personal Statement:

I am passionate about family and how to help families become and stay healthy.

Speaking of family, the Department of Psychology is like a small family within the extended family system of LeTourneau University.

I love that our students know one another and have strong Christian relationships, and I appreciate that the LeTourneau family emphasizes the need to invest in one another.

Background:

I grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, with my mom and two sisters. I graduated from high school in Springhill and attended Louisiana State University (GEAUX TIGERS!) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I met my husband, Viktor, while at seminary. We have been married for seven years and have one son, Nikolas. Viktor currently pastors a church in Longview and is an adjunct instructor for LeTourneau’s Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries.

Research Interests:

  • Healthy Family Functioning
  • Multicultural Issues in Family Functioning
  • Family of Origin Issues in College and Graduate Students
  • Diagnostic & Assessment Issues in Family Counseling
  • Effects of Interracial/Cross-Cultural Identity in Children & Adolescents

Education

  • Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003
  • Th.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003
  • M.A.M.F.C., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1999
  • B.G.S., Louisiana State University, 1997

Publications

  • Dissertation: An Analysis of Factors Indicative of Healthy Family Functioning in a Multicultural Population
  • Authored Book: Healthy Family Functioning in a Multicultural Population. Published by University Press of America, Inc., October 2006
  • Co-Authored Book: Healthy Family Functioning. Publication date: Fall 2007
  • Articles: “Healthy Family Functioning: What Does It Take?" Publication date: Fall 2006
  • “The Family Health Inventory: Reliability & Validity." Publication date: Winter 2007
  • Presentations: “Prediction and Assessment of Healthy Family Functioning." Co-presenter at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Southeast Regional Conference in September, 2003
  • “Prediction and Assessment of Healthy Family Functioning." Presented at the fall conference of the Alabama Counseling Association in Birmingham, AL in November, 2003
  • “Healthy Family Functioning." Presented as pre-conference workshop at the CAPS 2004 International Convention in St. Petersburg, FL, March, 2004

Awards, Grants, and Certifications

  • Member, American Counseling Association
  • Member, Christian Association for Psychological Studies
  • Member, American Association of College Counselors
  • Counseling license in the State of Texas

Professional Activities

  • Counselor, State of Louisiana, Disciple Now Team, 1997
  • Minister to Children & Youth, Olive Baptist Church, Lumberton, MS, 1998-2000
  • Chemical Dependency Group Facilitator, Southeast Louisiana State Hospital, Mandeville, LA, 1998
  • Child & Adolescent Therapist, Practicum, Southeast Louisiana State Hospital, Mandeville, LA, 1998
  • Professional Counselor, Internship, Nancy Murphy Toerner & Associates, Baton Rouge, LA, 1998-1999
  • Adjunct Faculty, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2000-2001
  • Group Supervisor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2000-2001
  • Individual Supervisor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2000-2002
  • Clinical Assessor, Nursing Home Psychological Services, Inc., Mandeville, LA, 2001-2002
  • Professional Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapist, Counseling Services of New Orleans, Inc., Albany, LA, 2000-2002
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology & Director of Counseling, University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL, 2002-present
  • Professional Counselor, Private Practice, Livingston, AL, September 2003-2005
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, August 2005-present

Community Involvement:

  • Church
  • Nursery coordinator and pre-K & Kindergarten Sunday school teacher
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