michael b. madson, ph.d., grad '05
As a doctoral student at Marquette, Michael Madson took advantage of every opportunity to prepare for his future as a teacher and researcher. He worked as an intern at Milwaukee’s Veterans Hospital; as coordinator of Marquette's Preparing Future Faculty Program, committed to training up-and-coming university professors; and as a project assistant at the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Research.
The time was well spent. Today, Dr. Michael Madson enjoys mentoring his own students as an assistant professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
“I like seeing students gain confidence in themselves as psychologists and counselors, seeing them come into their own as mental health professionals,” he says.
Michael combines a heavy teaching load in the master’s and doctoral degree programs with ongoing research in counselor training and supervision, consultation, substance-use disorders and motivational interviewing. USM honored his extraordinary research output with the Junior Faculty Research Award for 2005-06.
“I enjoy investigating unanswered questions, developing new ideas for accomplishing a training task, and contributing to the evolution of psychology and mental health training,” Michael says.
He credits the culture at Marquette for coaching his development as a valued teacher.
“Marquette, especially the COEP faculty and my mentor, Todd Campbell, provided me with quality training and fostered my desire to be who I have become,” he says. “These are values I bring into the classroom and all the work I do in my position.”