Criminal Justice

Samuel Jeffrey, M.P.P.

Phone: 501-279-5071
Master of Public Policy, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, 2002
Began Teaching at Harding in 2015
10 years at the Central Intelligence Agency
Private Security Contractor
Federally Certified Polygrapher


Travis McNeal, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology

Phone: 501-279-4564
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of Mississippi, 1999
Began teaching at Harding in 2009
Arkansas Licensed Psychologist

Glen Adams, Psy.D.

Phone: 501-279-4162
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1996
Began teaching at Harding in 1996
Arkansas Licensed Psychologist

Ally Gutierrez, Ed.S.

Phone: 501-279-4568
Ed.S. in School Psychology, Baylor University 2018
Began teaching at Harding in the Fall of 2018
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

(Mrs. Gutierrez will be on academic leave Fall 2022 through Spring 2026.)

Benjamin Hall, Ph.D.

Phone: 501-279-4560
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at East Tennessee State University, 2021
Began teaching at Harding University in 2024

Dwight Ireland, Ed.D.

Phone: 501-279-4347
Ed.D. in Counseling at University of Arkansas, 1982
Began teaching at Harding in 1977

Jeremiah Sullins, Ph.D.

Phone: 501-279-5531
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Memphis, 2010
Began teaching at Harding in 2014
Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies

Social Work

Terry L. Smith, Ed.D., M.Div., M.S.W., A.C.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Chair, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences
Professor and Social Work Program Director

Phone: 501-279-4561
B.A., Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Abilene Christian
M.S.W., University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Ed.D., University of Memphis
Began teaching at Harding as an adjunct in 1985 and has taught full-time since 1990
Has served as a Clinical Social Worker at Youth House, Inc. and as Director of Professional Services at Childrens' Homes, Inc.

Loss and Grief, Child Welfare.

Kim Baker-Abrams, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Program Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 501-279-4356
Began teaching social work classes at Harding in 1997
Has had clinical experiences at Arizona State Hospital Forensic Behavior Management Unit for Women and Scottsdale Juvenile Diversion program

Mental Health

Kathy Helpenstill, D.S.W., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Associate Professor
Director of Field Education

Phone: 501-279-4074
B.S.W., Harding University
M.S.W., University of Arkansas-Little Rock
D.S.W., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Began teaching at Harding as an adjunct in 1999 and has taught full-time since 2012
Is a Contract Clinical Social Worker, and has previous experience with Medical Social Work, BridgeWay Psychiatric Hospital

Child Welfare
Trauma in Children
Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Children
Forensic Interviewing of Children
Mental Health