Dr. Alan Forrest, Ed.D, LPC, LMFT (Chair) is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Radford University. Alan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has extensive clinical experience in the areas of individual, couples, family, and group counseling. In addition to his personal mindfulness meditation practice, Alan leads, and co-leads, mindfulness retreats for college and graduate students, medical students, human service and mental health professionals, educators, young adults and others. He is actively involved in infusing mindfulness into both his counseling practice and into the college classroom. Alan is interested in contemplative pedagogy and facilitates weekly mindfulness practice groups at Radford University for faculty, staff, and students. He has served as a conference committee member for various mindfulness-based conferences in Southwest Virginia. Alan has been a consultant and trainer for various mental health centers, school districts, hospices, businesses, and organizations. Alan is affiliated with a private practice, Life in Balance: Counseling & Wellness Center in Christiansburg.