Dr. Caroline Brackette

Professor of Counseling
Department of Counseling

Education                                     Caroline Brackette

  • BA, Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, University of Toledo
  • BA, Psychology, University of Toledo
  • M.Ed., Counseling, University of Toledo
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Toledo
  • Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University

Dr. Caroline Brackette, LPC, ACS, NCC is a professor of counseling in the College of Professional Advancement. She has previously served in assistant dean roles in both the College of Professional Advancement and College of Health Professions.

Dr. Brackette has clinical experience working with a diverse population of clients across the mental health continuum in a variety of clinical settings. She specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat anxiety, address interpersonal relationship issues, and assist clients with successfully developing and implementing mental skills/mindset intervention plans. Her current clinical experiences include work with employee assistance programs, critical incident stress management (CISM), and counseling and consulting with professional and collegiate athletes. She is a registered neutral (mediator) in the state of Georgia.

Her teaching is focused on leadership and advocacy, counseling skills, theories of counseling and psychotherapy, social and cultural issues in counseling, sport counseling, and disaster mental health counseling. She was awarded a Visiting Libra Diversity Professorship at the University of Maine in 2016. The endowed professorship is designed to attract outstanding scholars from outside the University of Maine System to serve as visiting scholars.

Her research and scholarship are focused on mental health and wellness, mental skills training for performance and non-performance situations, cultural competence, sport counseling and consulting, and the scholarship of teaching. Dr. Brackette has published and presented nationally, regionally, and internationally and has been interviewed by various national media outlets related to her areas of expertise. In 2021, she developed the Scholarship of Sport Initiatives to inspire collaboration among scholars interested in sport and create opportunities that lead to engagement in sport-related scholarship, as defined by Boyer, to include the scholarship of discovery, application, integration, and teaching and learning.

She is a Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate (2017-2021), founding member and past-president of the American Counseling Association of Georgia (ACA of GA), member of the American Psychological Association (APA), member of the Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance (Division 47) within APA, member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and member of the FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Alumni Association. She is an inducted member of Psi Chi, Chi Sigma Iota, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. She has served and continues to serve on national, state, and local Boards and Committees.

Dr. Brackette has received several awards, including the 2022 University of Toledo Inclusive Wall of Honor Award, the American Counseling Association Southern Region Chair’s Leadership and Advocacy Award (2017 & 2018), the American Counseling Association Government Affairs member spotlight recognition for educating and engaging students in advocacy (2015), the College of Professional Advancement Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011). She received a formal invitation to the White House to attend a summit and reception recognizing Black entrepreneurs. Dr. Brackette is listed in the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) mental health registry and mental health directories for several major professional sports leagues and professional sports leagues players associations. She previously served as the team clinician for the Atlanta Falcons.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Certified School Counselor
  • Registered Neutral

Courses taught

  • COUN602: Intro to Clinical Mental Health
  • COUN611: Special Topics: Disaster Counseling
  • COUN611: Special Topics: Sport Counseling
  • COUN612: Counseling Theories
  • COUN613: Cultural and Social Issues in Counseling
  • COUN610: Counseling Internship
  • COUN609: Counseling Practicum
  • COUN614: Counseling Across the Lifespan
  • COUN643: Counseling for College Access and Career Readiness
  • COUN706: Leadership, Advocacy, and Social Justice in Counseling
  • COUN801: Teaching and Pedagogy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • COUN813: Advanced Special Topics: Sport Counseling
  • COUN902: Dissertation

Areas of specialization

  • Sport Counseling and Consultation
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Cultural Competence
  • Mental Skills/Mindset

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