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Dr. Amanda Avera - Psy.D., LMSW

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice

Phone: (478) 934-3102

  • Cochran - Walker - 16
    Phone: (478) 934-3102
Biography: Dr. Amanda Chase Avera is driven by both professional and personal experiences to treat individuals suffering from mental illness and educate students on the exciting world of psychology and how they can make a difference in this fascinating and ever changing field. Amanda's professional background includes mental health, counseling and therapy, professional speaking, and higher education. She enjoys interacting with students and seeing them grow as professionals. Dr. Avera speaks at a variety of settings to different audiences on topics including stress and stress management, emotion management from a Biblical perspective, and the power of multiple intelligences. Above all, Dr. Avera's passion is to help individuals, groups, and organizations (clients and students alike) achieve their life goals and potential.
Courses: Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Human Development
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
Online Capstone Psych Science
Education: Doctorate in Psychology - California Southern University
Master of Social Work - Southern Adventist University
Bachelor of Social Work - Southern Adventist University
Professional Experience: Employment:
Middle Georgia State University - Assistant Professor of Psychology
Georgia Southwestern State University - Therapist Trainee
Flint River Psychiatric Hospital - Director of Social Services
Southern Adventist University School of Social Work - Adjunct Professor

Related Professional Experience:
Georgia Cumberland Conference Mental Health Program Team Member
Field Instructor-Southern Adventist University School of Social Work
Neuropsychology Doctoral Practicum-Middle Georgia Counseling and Testing
Quarterly Employee In-Service Training Seminars at Flint River Hospital
Multiple speaking engagements related to stress and stress management, and job burnout, emotions and Biblical connections.
Publications: Chase, A. (2017). Efficacy of rural interventions: An international approach for the treatment of depression. Scholar’s Press.

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