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Counseling Staff Profiles


Rebecca Lawson, Ph.D.
Director of the Office of Counseling and Testing  

Rebecca is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been with Francis Marion University since July 1997. She grew up in Indiana, but has also lived in Laramie, Wyoming and Syracuse, New York. Her professional interests include race relations, diversity issues, stress management, weight management, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Rebecca's therapy style emphasizes the cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal perspectives. 

Dr. Lawson is also the coordinator of disability services for the office. She coordinates the classroom accommodations for students with a documented history of disability. 

One of Rebecca's favorite job responsibilities is serving as a part-time faculty member for the department of psychology. She also enjoys doing presentations for the campus community (i.e., on study skills, time management, or personal success strategies).  In her life away from FMU, Rebecca loves camping, hiking, reading and dining at almost any kind of restaurant.


 Yulaundra Ferguson-Heyward M. Ed.
Assistant Director

Mrs. Heyward has been with Francis Marion University since 1987. She began her career at FMU as Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs and joined the Counseling and Testing Center in May 2000.  Before coming to Francis Marion, Ms. Heyward worked at Bennett College (Greensboro, NC) as an Admissions Counselor, Trident Technical College (Charleston, SC) as a Counselor in the EOC Program, and was a graduate assistant in the Counseling and Testing center at the University of South Carolina while she pursued her degree in Counseling. She is a part-time faculty member at the University of Phoenix (Columbia, SC), where she teaches courses in Psychology.

Mrs. Heyward received her Bachelors of Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, her Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and has completed all course work and comprehensive examination requirements and is ABD for her PhD in Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.

Mrs. Heyward is a certified ADSAP Group Leader, through the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and Prevention Research Institute. She has also completed training and other programs that include Crisis Intervention, North and South Carolina's School for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Psycho-Pharmacology for Clinicians.

Yulaundra enjoys spending time with her family and reading. Her philosophy is:  “Set goals and work hard to pass them and treat people with respect at all times.”


Last Published: August 7, 2013 10:45 AM
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