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Counseling Area Faculty

Tonya C. Balch 

Dr.TonyaBalchDr. Balch’s educational background includes a B.S. in Physics, M.Ed. in School Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration (School Administration focus) all from Indiana State University. Dr. Balch is a licensed school counselor in the state of Indiana.

Dr. Balch’s teaching responsibilities and interests include Introduction to School Counseling, Supervised Field Work, Research and Program Evaluation, Organization and Administration of Guidance Programs, Practicum, Internship, Multi-cultural Education, Career Development, and Professional Seminar. Her professional interests include leadership relative to counseling, school drop-out prevention, and action research in PK-12 schools. Dr. Balch is strongly committed to providing and supporting professional development for practicing school counselors. She has been integral in developing and growing Counselor Day on Campus at ISU. Additionally, she serves as a liaison for the Professional Development Schools partnership. She is currently the Coordinator for the School Counseling program. She serves regularly on-site visitation teams for AdvancED, accrediting schools throughout Indiana. Dr. Balch is a member of many professional organizations including the American School Counseling Association, Indiana School Counseling Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Chi Sigma Iota, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Dr. Balch’s personal interests include traveling, skiing, both water and snow, gardening, and reading.

Bridget Roberts-Pittman 

Dr. Roberts-PittmanDr. Roberts-Pittman earned a B.A. from Indiana University in Psychology, M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Quinco Behavioral Health Systems in Columbus, IN. She holds licenses as a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and a Psychologist with an endorsement as an HSPP in the state of Indiana.

Her teaching responsibilities have included courses in Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders, Groupwork, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan. Her research interests include bullying among college students and the implementation of effective interventions to address bullying among school-age children.

Dr. Roberts-Pittman’s interests include swimming, scrapbooking, gardening, and anything Disney.

Anna M. Viviani

Dr. VivianiDr. Viviani had a B.S. in Social Services and Psychology and an M.A. in Community/Agency Counseling from Bradley University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at the University of Iowa (with an emphasis on School Counseling). She has worked as a community mental health counselor in in-patient, partial-hospitalization, out-patient, and private practice settings with a specialization in childhood sexual abuse and eating disorders. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through NBCC/CCE.

Her teaching interests include techniques/micro-skills, career development, assessment, and supervision. Her professional interests include childhood sexual abuse, trauma, and related unresolved grief. Her research interests include childhood sexual abuse and its ramifications throughout the lifespan. She also has an interest in counselor training specific to violence against women and children, trauma-related grief, and practice issues. Dr. Viviani is a member of the ACA, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). She serves as the chapter faculty advisor for the CSI Sigma Iota Tau chapter.

Dr. Viviani enjoys spending free time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, and reading.


Nathaniel J. Wagner

Dr. WagnerDr. Wagner received a B.A. in Psychology from Bryan College, an M.A. in Community Agency Counseling from East Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from the College of William & Mary in Virginia (with a cognate in Marriage and Family Therapy). Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Florida and Indiana, Dr. Wagner is a generalist with 10 years of counseling experience working with clients and their families dealing with a wide variety of struggles.  

His teaching and professional interests include counselor identity development, research methodology, ethical issues, and supervision.  His research interests include gerontological counseling issues, issues that impact the family and family therapy, and issues and ethics in counselor education.  Dr. Wagner is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES), the Association for Adult Development of Aging (AADA) and Chi-Sigma Iota. He serves on the older adult task force on AADA, is on the editorial board for the Adultspan Journal, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for the Counseling and Values Journal.

When not working, he spends the majority of his free time with family and friends, cycling, hiking, solving puzzles, reading (or listening to audiobooks), photo editing, and traveling.


Amanda White

Dr. WhiteDr. Amanda White has a B.S. in Criminology and Psychology, an M.S. in Criminology and an M.Ed. with an emphasis on School Counseling from Indiana State University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Indiana State University as well.  She has worked in community mental health settings and is currently working for the Associated Psychologists along with teaching at Indiana State University.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana.  Her teaching interests include group counseling, counseling children and adolescents, and ethical issues in counseling.  Her research interests include mentoring and its impact on dropout rates among African American Males.