Caroline M. Brackette

Associate Professor of Counseling and Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Strategic Partnerships
Department of Counseling


  • B.A., Communication (Broadcast Journalist), University of Toledo, 1994
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Toledo, 1998
  • M.Ed., Counseling, University of Toledo, 2000
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Toledo, 2007

Dr. Caroline M. Brackette is a native of Ohio and serves as an associate professor of counseling and assistant dean for experiential learning and strategic partnerships at Mercer University in Atlanta. She is a recipient of the College of Professional Advancement Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate and member of the University of Michigan Diversity Scholars Network. She has published and presented at various conferences and symposia on her scholarship. Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for several journals and federal government and national grant competitions. Dr. Brackette has a part-time private practice through which she provides clinical counseling, mediation, and consultation services. She serves as a Georgia Volunteer Health Care Provider and mental health response member with the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers through the Georgia Department of Public Health. Additionally, she is a member of the Fulton County Medical Reserve Corps, which is sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Health. She has been deployed as a disaster mental health counselor and facilitated military family reconnection workshops through her work with the American Red Cross. Dr. Brackette also serves as a volunteer for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

Dr. Brackette is a past president of the American Counseling Association Georgia state branch and has served on the Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council, the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, as co-chair of the American Counseling Association Professional Standards Committee, and on several boards and advisory councils focused on youths and education. Dr. Brackette has been an invited speaker and workshop facilitator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Young Professionals Network, the CDC Foundational Leadership and Human Development Training Program, the American Association of Airport Executives, the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond PowHERful Foundation Enrichment Summit, the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority, the United States Forest Service, the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, and various other corporate, educational, and nonprofit entities.


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

Courses taught

  • Counseling Theories
  • Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • Advanced Leadership
  • Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Sport Counseling
  • Disaster counseling
  • Practicum and Internship
  • Dissertation

Areas of specialization

Mental Health, Leadership and Advocacy, Social Justice, Cultural Competency, Sport Counseling, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, and Program Development

Leadership positions in the profession or discipline

Past President of the American Counseling Association of Georgia

Research and professional interests

Leadership and Advocacy, Sport Counseling and Consultation, Conflict Resolution, Mental Health Issues, Social Justice and Cultural Competency, Community Action Research

Recent publications

  • Brackette, C.M. (2017). Hope Deferred. In B. Jones, T. Duffey, & S. Haberstroch (Eds.).
    Child and Adolescent Counseling Case Studies: Developmental, Relational, Multicultural, and Systemic Perspectives. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Brackette, C.M. (Ed.). (Spring, 2017). Mercer University Counseling Programs Ebook Series: Disaster Relief Edition. Mercer University Libraries Institutional Repository.
  • Brackette, C.M., Rezaei, S., Kuyinu, E. (2015, May). Engaging in Social Justice Practices: The Role of Christian Clinicians. Invited Publication. Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Spring 2015 Issue.

Awards or recognition

  • 2011 College of Professional Advancement Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2017-2021 Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate
  • 2018 University of Michigan Diversity Network Scholar of the Week (October)
  • 2018 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizens Academy Completion Certificate
  • 2017-2018 American Counseling Association Southern Region Chair’s Leadership and Advocacy Award
  • 2016-107 American Counseling Association Southern Region Chair’s Leadership and Advocacy Award
  • 2016 Exceptional Commitment to the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force
  • 2015 American Counseling Association Government Affairs Member Spotlight recognition for educating and engaging students in advocacy (August Newsletter)

Contact Dr. Brackette


Office location:

3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30341
AACC Building, Suite 475, Room 480