Dr. Nadia G. Barnett

Associate Professor of Human Services and Psychology
Program Coordinator, M.S. in Human Services
Department of Human Services and Psychology

Nadia BarnettEducation

  • B.S., Psychology, Howard University
  • M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mercer University
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University


  • Licensed Professional Counselor in GA (LPC)
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Approved Clinical Counselor Supervisor (ACS)

Dr. Barnett is a two-time graduate of Mercer University. Dr. Barnett joined the College of Professional Advancement as an adjunct professor in 2005 and became a full-time faculty member of the Department of Human Services and Psychology in 2017 as program coordinator of the Master of Science degree program in Human Services. As a “double Bear”, she is committed to student academic success, program completion, and professional development. Her experience teaching in higher education has included face-to-face, blended, and online courses. She uses a “student centered” perspective in the design and instruction of her classes. She takes pride is mentoring and advising students in program planning and career development. Dr. Barnett not only teaches courses in the graduate human services program, but also in the clinical mental health counseling program and the undergraduate programs in human services and psychology as well.

Her clinical counseling experience encompasses positions in both public and private inpatient and outpatient settings in the Atlanta-metropolitan area. Within these settings, she has been able to conduct intake assessments, provide crisis counseling and management, and offer mental health counseling for individuals, family, and groups. She has a keen understanding of psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, substance and alcohol addictions, anxiety-related disturbances, and personality disorders. Currently, Dr. Barnett is a sexual assault volunteer with the Grady Health System Rape Crisis Center which provides an avenue of continuous clinical mental health service to the profession.

Dr. Barnett is also involved in guest speaking, presenting at professional conferences, research collaboration, and volunteer efforts. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and colleagues in social settings. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and is married with two children (a son and a daughter).

Courses taught

Within human services, clinical mental health counseling, and psychology, Dr. Barnett teaches a variety of courses. Some of these areas include: ethics, research, program planning and evaluation, adult development, child and adolescent development, marketing, nutrition, leisure and recreation, interpersonal relations and communication, social and cultural issues in counseling, counseling skills and techniques, psychopathology, counseling theory, orientation to professional practice, conflict resolution and problem solving, current psychotherapies, psychology of women, and social psychology.

Area(s) of specialization

Program management, course/syllabus design and implementation, human services education, clinical mental health counseling, counselor education, counselor supervision, interpersonal communication, quantitative research, dissertation coaching, self-care, consultation, sexual assault evaluations, and conflict resolution and problem solving. Dr. Barnett has also completed training in the DISC behavioral, motivators, and global models of leadership, tele-mental health service delivery, and victim assistance training through the Office for Victims of Crime.

Research and professional interests

Professional interests include, but are not limited to: wellness, self-care, human sex trafficking, burnout, organizational culture, critical feedback, interpersonal communication, clinical mental health evaluations, work and aging, multicultural social justice, and gatekeeping.

Research interests include, but are not limited to: burnout and self-care in the counseling profession, professional identity development and critical feedback, human sex trafficking awareness, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and gatekeeping as social justice.

Research with students

Dr. Barnett welcomes any student to join her in any of her scholarship efforts, which can vary between conducting research, presenting at professional conferences, or participating in developing a manuscript for publication. If the opportunity arises, Dr. Barnett will involve the students within her courses in collaborative research projects with other faculty members within Mercer University and beyond. Dr. Barnett is supportive of students gaining scholarship experience to enhance their professional development.

Recent publications

Barnett, N.G. & Odom, T. (2017). Supervising the nontraditional student: The role and psychological impact of perfectionism and self-care, SACES Newsletter, 13(1), 14-16.

Barnett, N.G. (2017). The impact of social-cognitive development on privilege & multiculturalism. Carolina Counselor Special Edition Newsletter, 18-21.

Awards or recognition

  • 2016 – Adjunct Excellent in Teaching Award Recipient
  • 2016 – Outstanding Doctoral Student Award Recipient

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