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Department of Counseling and Human Development Services

Our graduate programs are among the best in the country thanks to our unique combination of academic, clinical and practical experiences, and the expertise of our faculty. We have a rich history of serving, for more than 50 years, as a primary state, regional, and national training site for students who pursue careers in counseling and student affairs. Our graduates go on to work in diverse settings, such as K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, community agencies, and state/federal government agencies.

The Department of Counseling and Human Development Services has active and dynamic research teams that investigate issues including social justice, underserved populations, and access and inclusion.

Our faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and professional leadership. We are committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary research.


  • College Student Affairs Administration

    Students learn skills in human development, interpersonal facilitation, group leadership, assessment, and administrative principles. Our graduates become leaders in higher education institutions, putting these skills to use with college students.

  • Counseling Psychology

    Counseling psychology is a specialty emphasizing normal and optimal human functioning across the lifespan and a strength-based approach to facilitating change, multiculturalism, and social justice.

  • Mental Health Counseling

    Learn about our degree programs which will put you on the path to a rewarding career in counseling in community and mental health environments.

  • School Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision

    Learn about our degree programs which will put you on the path to a rewarding career in counseling in school and related environments.

Degree Programs

Dual Degrees


Master of Education (MEd)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Education (EdD)


In addition to the following departmental scholarships, learn more about additional opportunities for financial assistance on our financial aid page .

Student Organizations

Community Counseling Student Association (CCSA)

This organization is for students receiving a master of education in community counseling. Focused on raising awareness of mental illness on college campus and in the Athens community, our members use knowledge acquired through classes and internship experiences to better advocate for mental health.

Members also create relationships between the first- and second-year cohorts through mentorship and service to the community.

Counseling Psychology Student Association (CPSA)

Counseling Psychology Student Association (CPSA) aims to provide all graduate students in the counseling psychology program a place for supportive and growth-oriented opportunities for activities and discussion on issues pertinent to their academic and professional development.

Faculty advisor: Bernadette Heckman

Professional School Counseling Association

The mission of this organization is to prepare counselors who work in elementary, middle, and secondary schools and are educational leaders as well as self-reflective practitioners; serve as advocates for all students; understand and apply principles of group work in building school and community partnerships; and accept responsibility for improving educational practices through an active program of research and evaluation.

Faculty advisor: Jolie Daigle

Student Personnel Association of UGA (UGASPA)

This organization provides professional development, social, and philanthropic opportunities for graduate student affairs professionals.

Latest News

Academic Advisors

Deryl Flynn Bailey

EdS in Professional School Counseling (Gwinnett Campus)

Diane L. Cooper

PhD in Education (Counselor Education and Supervision-Gwinnett Campus only)

Jolie Daigle

MEd in Professional Counseling (School Counseling)

Laura A. Dean

MEd in College Student Affairs Administration

Marian Higgins

EdD in in Student Affairs Leadership

Rosemary E. Phelps

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology
  • MEd in Professional Counseling (Mental Health Counseling)

Faculty and Staff

Brandee M. Appling
Assistant Professor
Kevin M Ayres
Adjunct Faculty
Deryl Flynn Bailey
Professor and Admissions Coordinator
Ginny Jones Boss
Assistant Professor
Nikki Wyatt Bridges
Student Affairs Professional III
Georgia Calhoun
Emeritus Professor
Linda Campbell
Collette Chapman-Hilliard
Associate Professor
Diane L. Cooper
Professor Emerita
Jolie Daigle
John Dayton
Professor and Department Head
Laura A. Dean
Merrily S. Dunn
Associate Professor
Lenoir Gillam
Clinical Assistant Professor
Amanda L. Giordano
Associate Professor
Brian A. Glaser
Bernadette Davantes Heckman
Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Marian Higgins
Clinical Assistant Professor
Katie K. Koo
Assistant Professor
Linda D. Logan
Public Service Associate
Georgianna L. Martin
Associate Professor
Susan A. Mattox
Administrative Specialist I
George McMahon
Clinical Associate Professor
C. Missy Moore
Assistant Professor
Rosemary E. Phelps
Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Service Courses
Pedro R. Portes
Cassandra Statom
Office Manager
Alan E. Stewart
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Jennifer R. Throckmorton
Business Manager I
Margaret A. Wilder
Associate Professor
Dallin George Young
Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Department Head: John Dayton
402 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
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