Dr. Jessica Fanguy Cortez

Title: Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor
Department: Psychology, Counseling and Family Studies
Email: jessica.fanguy.cortez@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4352
Office Location: 267 Polk Hall

Education:

  • B.S. in Education – Major: Biology Minor: social Sudies, Nicholls State University, 1994
  • M.Ed. School Counseling, Nicholls State University, 2000
  • Ph.D in Philosophy of Counselor Education, University of New Orleans, 2009

Courses:

Bio:

Professional position or role within the College of Education: “My primary role is teaching courses to graduate candidates enrolled in graduate programs with the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Family Studies. I also have the role of graduate coordinator for the College of Education. I am the program coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and the CACREP liaison for the counseling programs in the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Family Studies.

What are some interesting facts about yourself? “I have a private practice where I counsel individuals and couples. I also conduct child custody evaluations and conduct custody mediation. I am an LPC, LMFT, NCC and a Notary Public for Terrebonne Parish.”

Complete one of the following statements: “My dream job other than teaching at Nicholls would be…” -OR- “My future career aspirations include…” “My dream job other than teaching at Nicholls would be as to test beach umbrellas to ensure they are properly manufactured at (of course) the beach!!!.”

Answer one of the following questions: If you were to win the lottery, what would you do with the winnings? -OR- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? “If I were to win the lottery, I would share my winnings with my children, retire from my career as an educator and pursue my dream job of testing beach umbrellas to ensure they are properly manufactured at (of course) the beach!.”

Accomplishments:

  • Presentations
    • “Anger and Behavior Management,” presented at the Tools for Schools Conference as follows:
      • Lafayette, Louisiana, December 2011
      • Bossier City, Louisiana, December 2011
    • “Anger and Behavior Management,” presented at the Nicholls State University, College of Education, Continuing Education Opportunity, March, 2013
    • “Ethics for School Counselors and Mental Health Professionals” presented for CEU credit to school counselors at De La Salle High School, May, 2013.
  • Publications
    • Fanguy, J. & Mathis, R.D. (2012). Psychosocial Fallout from Grade Retention: Implications for Educators. Delta Journal of Education. 2 (2). 69-82.
    • Jones, L, Stall, G., Rosenthal, G., Cortez, J., Hebert, A., Jackson, R. & Williams-Black, T. (2015). Teacher Preparation and the Tenants of Accountability. Creative Excellence in Education. in press.
  • Accreditation
    • Nicholls State University CACREP Self-Study, submitted for review December, 2012 with role as CACREP liaison.
  • Award
    • Nicholls State University Employee of the Month, February, 2013.
  • Training
    • Family and Divorce Mediation Training, June, 2013, The Mediation Institute.