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Olivia Cameron Burkett, PhD

Title: Counseling Psychology Program Director and Professor of Psychology
Company: William Carey University
Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

Olivia Cameron Burkett, PhD, Counseling Psychology Program Director, and Professor of Psychology at William Carey University (WCU), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

With nearly 30 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Burkett has excelled as Counseling Psychology Program Director at WCU since 2020.  Dr. Burkett began working for WCU in 1999 and advanced through the ranks from visiting lecturer to an associate professor and ultimately to professor of psychology. Dr. Burkett also serves on WCU’s Speakers Bureau. Simultaneously, Dr. Burkett began her career as a mental health clinician with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health in 1995.  She served as a Unit Director of Psychology at Ellisville State School (ESS) a program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Dr. Burkett retired from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health in 2017.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Burkett pursued an education at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), from which she earned a Bachelor of Psychology in 1992. She continued her academic efforts at her alma mater, attaining a Master of Psychology in 1995. Dr. Burkett ultimately graduated from USM with a Doctor of Psychology in 1997.

Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Dr. Burkett has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. She is notably associated with the American Red Cross and the Oxford Round Table in the United Kingdom. Dr. Burkett also holds critical positions with many organizations, including as a board member of the Roderick Clark Foundation, and president of the International Wayfarers Auxiliary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) Incorporated. Beyond these appointments, she is licensed as a school psychologist for the Mississippi and Louisiana Departments of Education and as an ordained minister by the PAW, Inc.

In light of her impressive undertakings, Dr. Burkett has accrued several accolades throughout her career. She was recognized as one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate in psychology as well as one of the first professors to teach multicultural counseling. Furthermore, she established a program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at ESS. Likewise, she was presented with the Minority Stipend Award from the National Institute of Mental Health during her graduate studies and a research grant for ASD from WCU in 2016.

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