The Center for the Study of Narrative (CSN) was founded in January 2014 by Dr. Don Redmond with the generous support of the Georgia Compassion Project and the faculty and administration of Penfield College and Mercer University. Our first narrative interview took place on January 9, 2014 at King’s Bridge retirement community in Atlanta.
CSN targets several areas of Mercer's 10-year strategic plan, including service learning, learning in community, 'challenging, holistic, and transformational learning,' and the development of signature programs encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue and collaborative research among disciplines. We are based in Room 485 of the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center however CSN serves the wider Mercer University community.
Meet our 2016-2017 Student Fellows and Narrative Interviewers
Jonathon D. Brown
Jonathan "JB" D. Brown is currently perusing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. JB returns to the Narrative Center in hopes of aiding in the progression of the center and the field, by finding and utilizing resources that will benefit interviewer and interviewees. His professional work revolves around adolescent and young adults in various inpatient and outpatient settings, and rehabilitation counseling. His work, time in his Masters program and personal life have reinforced his notion that no matter what path we are on in life, we all share some common factor. He has always enjoyed storytelling, and believes that wisdom and insight can be gleaned from anyone's story, they just need the opportunity to tell it and someone to listen.
Felicia Tillman is in her second year as a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision. She enjoys community engagement and utilizes narrative interviewing to capture empowering stories of the marginalized. Her passion for youth and education coupled with her own adverse life experiences drive her to help others re-story their lives by acknowledging their strengths.
Mary E. Teem
Mary Elizabeth Teem is currently pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and works as a staff therapist at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. Her work with children in the inner-city of Atlanta, her personal and volunteer experience with the LGBT community as well as understanding her own story has led her to believe in the healing power of Narrative. She is most interested in how counselors can use the stories clients tell themselves and believe about themselves to write a new, healthier narrative. She believes that in creating narratives, clients can see their own situation more clearly. Mary Elizabeth's own journey has lead to her interest in developing narrative as a foundational technique in counseling.
Toni F. Monroe
Toni Monroe BS, IC&RC, LCDC II, NCAC II, has worked with families and individuals struggling with addiction for the last 25 years. For the last seven years, she has worked with a gender specific program focused on gay men, bisexuals and transgender individuals as senior counselor. While there she helped develop the outpatient program and taught other professionals how to empower LGBT individuals to meet the challenge of addiction. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and with a National and international certification. She is currently developing digital stories to help individuals to gain the ability to tell or retell their story. Upon completion of her Masters degree, Ms. Monroe plans to continue with the pursuit of Higher Education to receive her PHD to teach on academia level.
Khaliliah K. Smith
Khaliliah Smith is currently pursuing a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. A past research experience in a developmental psychology laboratory involved her listening to autobiographical memories from her research participants. Khaliliah enjoys listening and telling stories, which promoted her interest in learning about an individual’s story and the hills and valleys that have shaped them into the person they are today. Khaliliah believes that stories are a "light into a person’s perspective.”
Marlon C. Williams is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. A writer since 14, his love of crafting poetic works taught him firsthand the healing power of “storytelling.” Marlon’s experiences during his time as a standout collegiate athlete and life thereafter, fuel his passion for assisting athletes and people in general with improving their lives with Narrative Therapy.
Tamara Perkins is a Georgia native who is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her love of stories was sparked through participation in Mercer University’s Study Abroad program to Holland-Paris. While there, she found out that personal stories (including her own) are important and powerful. This experience led to her interest in examining similarities amongst diverse populations and how they overcome various obstacles. Her passion of story telling is based on the beliefs that ‘all stories have value’, ‘people define the problems’, and ‘every story is unique’. Tamara hopes to bring her fascination with human life and her own personal experiences, full circle, to highlight the power of perseverance.