Suzie Dukic, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

Suzie Dukic, Ph.D. 
Chicago Campus

Suzie Dukic, Ph.D.
Chicago Campus

Suzie Dukic, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Training Coordinator
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program

I believe that good teaching goes beyond the transference of knowledge.  A good teacher truly cares about their students. A good teacher helps students rely on their own critical thinking skills to better understand themselves and the world around them.  Moreover, teaching involves an intentionality in providing a safe environment to learn and engage for all groups.  Diversity in groups such as race, gender, age, multiculturalism, and LGBTQ.  Students may be more apt to be involved in advocacy and social justice outside of the classroom if they feel safe and can discuss in the classroom.

I am passionate about training students to be leaders in the counseling field.  There is so much opportunity awaiting them.  It is important to me to train future leaders to become more self-aware of their own biases and triggers, as well as their strengths.  If a student can master self-awareness, they become more attuned, not only to themselves, but to the world around them.  I like teaching at Adler University because of the focus on social justice and advocacy. 

I teach primarily research, practicum, and internship courses.  I love the challenge of making research fun for my students.  Many students come into the research courses with misconceptions about research.  My main goal is to help students better understand the importance of outcome research to clinical practice.  Practicum class is fun to teach because students are further developing their clinical skills; we staff cases, learn about counseling techniques and do some role play.  The internship courses are made up of advanced students.  I am amazed at the autonomy and professionalism of these students.  I am passionate about all of the courses I teach.  I enjoy the students in the classroom, as well as campus events.  It is difficult to put into words the feeling I have when I see students “get it”, it’s like a light bulb turns on right above their head.  It is especially rewarding to see students help other students to understand a concept. 

One of my favorite quotes is “We as educators need to reconsider our roles in students’ lives, to think of ourselves as connectors first, and contest experts second.” Will Richardson

I strive to be a connector.

Please email or call (312-662-4329) if you would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D. Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision, Counselor Education and Supervision, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville TN
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling, Lipscomb University, Nashville TN
  • B.S. in Liberal Studies; Concentration in Philosophy and Religion, Belmont University, Nashville TN
  • Associates of Science, Psychology, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA), 2006 – Current
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), 2013 – Current
  • Association of Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), 2016 – Current
  • Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, 2013 – Current
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), 2015 – Current
  • Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES), 2015 – Current
  • Tennessee Association of Specialist in Group Work (TASGW), 2016 – Current 
  • Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA), 2015 – Current

Select Publications

  • Dukic, M. S. (2015). The research training environment and its potential influence on graduate level counseling students’ attitudes toward and interest in research. Vista Online, Article 844.  January 2015, Winter Vistas.
  • Piech, R. M., McHugo, M., Smith, S. D., Dukic, M. S., Van Der Meer, J., Abou-Khalil, B., Zald, D. H. (2010). Fear-enhanced visual search persists after amygdala lesions. Neuropsychologia. 2010 Oct; 48(12): 3430-5. Epub July 14, 2010.
  • Piech, R. M., McHugo, M., Smith, S. D, Dukic, M. S., Van Der Meer, J., Abou-Khalil, B., Zald, D. H., & Most, S. B. (2011).  Attentional capture by emotional stimuli is preserved in patients with amygdala lesions, Neuropsychologia, ISSN 0028-3932, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.08.004.
  • Edmiston, E. K., McHugo, M., Dukic, M. S., Smith, S. D., Abou-Khalil, B., Zald, D. H. 
    Enhanced visual cortical activation for emotional stimuli is preserved in patients with unilateral amygdala resection, Journal of Neuroscience, (2012).

Select Presentations

  • Two education sessions:  (1) It’s all about timing:  The best point in program to offer a course in research methods.  (2) The future of professional counseling in Tennessee: TASGW’s response to Tennessee Legislators.  October 2017
  • Dinner and Dialogue with Suzie Dukic.  The Importance of Self-Care.  Smoky Mountain Counseling Association (SMCA). September 2017
  • Education session: Implications of “religious freedom” legislation on group work and group workers in Tennessee, American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference.  March 2017
  • Education session:  Can it be true; are counselors neuroscientists?   Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA)
    Conference.  November 2016
  • Facilitator of round table discussion based on pilot data collected summer 2016; Teaching master's level counseling students the relevance of outcome research to clinical practice Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Conference.  October 2016

Awards

  • Leadership Grant for Tennessee Association of Specialists in Group Work:  Promoting participation with professional counseling organizations through an affordable community workshop.  Tennessee Counseling Association, 2016   
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Tennessee Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES).  Received at the Tennessee Counseling Association, 2015.
  • Research grant; Counseling Students’ Beliefs and Attitudes about Research Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Dissertation Project, 2015.