Naomi Lester


Naomi Lester

Department of Counseling and Health Psychology

School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences


Dr. Lester is a core faculty member in the Department of Counseling & Health Psychology. She teaches a variety of courses in the department, serves as an academic advisor for psychology students, works on curriculum and program development projects, and conducts research in the area of stress, coping and physical pain. 



Dr. Lester has worked as a researcher at Duke University Medical Center and as a professor at the University of North Florida and the University of Washington.

Dr. Lester believes a teacher should create a challenging classroom environment that promotes active learning and independent thinking. She believes that teaching is a partnership between professor and student and that enthusiasm for learning should be demonstrated on both sides.


  • Ph.D. in medical psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland in 1992

Research Interests

Dr. Lester's research interest areas include stress, stress management, coping and physical pain.