Dr. Michael D. Cook (PhD, LMFT) currently serves as the Chair of the Counseling Department and the Director of the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling at Houston Baptist University. Michael has had a career of 25 years in Christian Higher Education, serving previously at Huntington University and Taylor University. His undergraduate degree is in Sociology (BA) from Albany State University; his advanced degrees are an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries and a PhD in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and previously served in several mental health facilities and in several churches. He specializes in marital therapy, trauma therapy, Christian spiritual formation and Christian counseling.