Lisa B. Spanierman is Professor and Faculty Head of Counseling and Counseling Psychology and Faculty Research Affiliate at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC). She earned her PhD at the University of Missouri. In 2012, Dr. Spanierman was recognized by the American Psychological Association's Society of Counseling Psychology with the Kuder Early Career Award. As of 2014, she is Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has received several teaching awards, including the University of Illinois Provost’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. Currently, she serves as the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Vice President for Scientific Affairs and editorial board member for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.