Title: Program Director and Professor of Psychology
Company: William Carey University
Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
Olivia Cameron Burkett, PhD, program director and professor of psychology at William Carey University, 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 program director at William Carey University since 2020. She began her career as a mental health clinician at the Mississippi Department of Mental Health in 1994 and retired from the position in 2017. She further contributed to Ellisville State School as director of the psychology unit. Subsequently, she worked for William Carey University as an assistant professor before being appointed to associate professor and professor of psychology.
Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Burkett pursued an education at the University of Southern Mississippi, from which she earned a Bachelor of Psychology in 1992. She continued her academic efforts at her alma mater, obtaining a Master of Psychology in 1995. Dr. Burkett ultimately graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi 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, the Committee of Health, Education, and Wellness, and the Speakers’ Bureau of William Carey University. Dr. Burkett also holds critical positions with many organizations, including as a board member of the Roderick Hart Foundation, an administrator for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, a school psychologist for the Mississippi and Louisiana Departments of Education, and the president of the International Wayfarers Auxiliary. Beyond these appointments, she is licensed as an ordained minister and a clinical IDD therapist.
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 at the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Likewise, she was presented with the Minority Stipend Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, a Grant from the National Institute of Health, and the Research Grant for Autism in 2016
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