From Early Childhood Education and Special Education to Mental Health & Wellness to Physical Education and Athletic Training, the UNM College of Education & Human Sciences has bolstered its ability to address critical needs in New Mexico and beyond.

“Our Fall ’22 cohort of new faculty are resourceful and talented teachers and researchers,” COEHS Dean Hansel Burley. “Collectively, they bring a dynamism will help take our programs to new heights.”

Six new assistant professors have begun work at UNM this Fall semester. They include:

Dr. Sarah Roberts Carlson

Dr. Sarah Roberts Carlson is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on understanding long-term services and supports available to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families experiences with learning about and engaging with these systems. Carlson’s research interests are grounded in her experience as a sibling of an adult with Down syndrome and as a transition specialist for a school district in Colorado Springs, Colo. Carlson, who was born and raised in Carlsbad, N.M., is excited to be back in the Land of Enchantment and joining the UNM COEHS Faculty.

Dr. Jeongwoon Jeong,

Dr. Jeongwoon Jeong, assistant professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Individual, Family, & Community Education, comes to the College from Fort Hays State University. Jeong earned his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision along with a master’s degree in Educational Measurement and Statistics at The University of Iowa in 2021. His research focuses on multicultural education in counselor education and mental health/addiction issues among marginalized/underserved populations. He is also serving as treasurer of the Korean Counseling Association-International Chapter. He is already enjoying the new chapter at The University of New Mexico with his family.

Dr. Allyssa Memmini

Dr. Allyssa Memmini, assistant professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences, comes to the College from the University of Michigan, where she earned her Ph.D. in Movement Science. Memmini is also a licensed athletic trainer and has prior clinical experience working with collegiate and professional track and field athletes. Her research focuses on improving institutional policy to promote interdisciplinary management of university students recovering from sports-related concussions. She is particularly interested in the intersection of student identity and how these factors may influence a student’s likelihood of seeking and obtaining academic support after concussion.

Dr. Chelsea T. Morris

Dr. Chelsea T. Morris, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education, comes to the College from the University of West Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Miami in teaching and learning, with a focus on early intervention/early childhood special education. She began her professional career as an Infant Educator at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital. Her research focuses on the disproportionate impact that discipline practices and behavior intervention have on young children and their families and the suspension and expulsion of toddlers and preschoolers. She is a Fellow of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations and the founder of the Early Learning Center at the University of West Georgia. Currently, she is the research advisor for a multi-site implementation project studying the impact of training in Rebound and Recovery, a resilience curriculum that responds to community trauma.

Dr. Sojeong Nam

Dr. Sojeong Nam, assistant professor of Counselor Education in the IFCE comes to the College from Western Michigan University, where she worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at The University of Iowa and has worked with youth and young adults with depression, suicidality, anxiety, and ADHD in both clinical and research settings. Her research interests focus on mental health disparities, mental health stigma and literacy, depression and suicidality in youth, multicultural counselor education, and psychometric properties of tools in counseling and counselor education.

Dr. Victoria Shiver

Dr. Victoria Shiver joins the College as an assistant professor of Physical Education in the Department of HESS. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Performance from the University of Alabama and has been working as an assistant professor for the past three years before joining the UNM team. Shiver focuses her research, teaching, and service in social and emotional learning in physical education and out-of-school time programs as well as enhancing culturally responsive pedagogy for physical education teachers and teacher candidates.