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Courtney Stavely - Nationally certified School Psychologist

Program Coordinator of Psychology & Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice

Phone: 478.471.2447

  • Macon - Education - 352
    Phone: 478-471-2447
Office Hours: I am on campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and sometimes on Fridays. I am generally here from 9:30-3:00. It is best to make an appointment if you want to guarantee that I will be in my office.
Biography: I was born in Gainesville Florida. I moved quite a bit as a child but my family settled here in Macon Georgia in 1993. I attended Macon State College in 1997 to begin work on my degree and finished my core curriculum here on this Macon campus. I graduated from Middle Georgia College and State University in 2002 with a degree in Marketing and Spanish. I lived in Spain for a year and taught English as a second language. After that, I attended graduate school in Valdosta Georgia where I earned a Master's degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and a Specialist's degree in School Psychology. Upon finishing my degree I moved back to Macon to begin working in the Jones County School System. After seven years in the public schools I started teaching here at MGA full time. I am married and I have a daughter.
Courses: Personality Theory
Child Psychopathology
Intro to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychological Testing
Applied Learning
Theories of Learning
Child and Adolescent Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Education: Master's degree in Clinical/Counseling psychology
Ed.S. in School Psychology from Valdosta State University
CV: EducationBACHELOR’S OF SPANISH AND MARKETING | 2002 | GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY· Major: Spanish· Major: Marketing· Related coursework: Market research involving influences between economy and literatureMASTER’S OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY | 2006 | VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY· Major: Clinical/Counseling · Related coursework: Research in behavior disorders in adolescentsSPECIALIST DEGREE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY | 2008 | VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY· Major: School Psychology· Related coursework: Continued research in behavior disorders in adolescentsExperienceSCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST | JONES COUNTY SCHOOLS | 2008-2013· Evaluation, Diagnosis and treatment plans for children ages 3-21 with varying degrees of ability/disabilityADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR | MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY | 2012-2013· Worked in evenings teaching Introduction to Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychology with excellent student evaluations.FULL-TIME LECTURER | MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY | 2013-2016· Teaching face-to-face, hybrid and online courses with anywhere from 8-90 students. I have taught the following courses· Applied Behavior· Theories of Learning· Psychology of Adjustment· Theories of Personality· Psychological Testing· Intro to Psychology· Child and Adolescent Psychology· Child Psychopathology I have created a new course (Child Psychopathology). I have modified two courses to meet the criteria for Experiential Learning. I have recorded audio/visual of courses through technology department to enhance online learning experience. During this time I taught anywhere from a 5-8 class teaching load. I have always had student evaluations reporting standards above campus and area averages. I have gotten strong positive feedback from administration during annual evaluations.ASSISTANT CHAIR | MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY | 2015-PRESENT· Significant outreach efforts to students considered to be ‘at-risk’ to strengthen retention efforts· Team work with Chair to clean up and contact students who have out-dated advising folders· Created and implemented procedures for formal classroom observations of faculty in our department· Created and implemented procedures for online course evaluations of faculty in our department· Advise and register students and use appropriate software for this task (Banner, Degree works)· Created and implemented procedures for selection, use and assessment of Teaching Assistants in our department· Created and implemented proced
Professional Experience: I worked for the public school system as a School psychologist for 7 years. During this time I was able to work with parents, teachers and children to best meet the needs and foster the strengths of children with and without disabilities in the public schools. This time in the public schools allowed me the opportunity to work with children from ages 3-21, from varying backgrounds and with various strengths and weaknesses. I began teaching at Middle Georgia College full time and earned the title of Assistant Chair within a few years. I served as the Assistant Chair for 2 years. In the summer of 2018 I assumed the role of program coordinator for the Psychology department. Throughout the years at MGA I have worked with Dr. Michael Gibbons on the research endeavors of the Center for Applied Learning in Research (CARE) where I am the Director. The CARE center has done many projects in cooperation with community partners.
Professional Affiliations: National Association of School Psychologists
National Organization of Research Development Professionals

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