Title: Minister, Psychologist, Educator
Location: Boone, North Carolina, United States
Donald Lewis Clark, EdD, Minister and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology.
Driven by a desire to help others instilled in him at a young age by his mother, Professor Clark is regarded today for the impactful work he has done for others in the field of mental health. For the last six decades, he has demonstrated a dynamic skill set, which has allowed him to be successful as an educator, pastor and psychologist. He stands out from others in his field due to his board certification, which is not required of psychologists in the state of North Carolina. In short, Professor Clark wanted to ensure that he was able to provide the best possible care to those who seek his services. In addition to his certification, Professor Clark prepared for his career by earning an EdD from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts from Appalachian State Teachers College, a Bachelor of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University. Today, he finds success as the interim chaplain at Patterson School. Previously, he held roles including professor in psychology at Appalachian State University, a priest for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, a priest for the Church of Our Savior, counselor for the Cooperative Christian Counseling Center, and chaplain for North Carolina Baptist College.
In addition to his professional work, Professor Clark has been involved in career-related endeavors including work as commissioner for the North Carolina Commission on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities, chair for the North Carolina National Alliance on Mental Illness, and board member for several local organizations on mental health, developmental disabilities, addiction and substance abuse. He is also marked with having established a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Professor Clark’s accomplishments include a Lifetime Achievement Award in Counseling from the Division of Counseling Psychology from the American Psychology Association, a Distinguished Senior Contributor Award, and an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been honored with fellowships from Psychology Universidad Centroamericano in Nicaragua and the Academy of Counseling and Psychology. Looking ahead, Professor Clark intends to continue in his work with Patterson School while seeking opportunities to give back in other ways.
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