Dr. Suneetha Manyam

Professor of Counseling
Department of Counseling

Suneetha ManyamEducation

  • B.S., Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, 1994
  • M.S., Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, 2002
  • M.S., Georgia State University, 2007

Suneetha B. Manyam, PhD, LPC, CRC, CPCS, NCC, is a professor with 13 years of teaching, and 11 years of clinical and 12 years of research experience in the counseling field. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with National Counselor Certification. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Dr. Manyam coauthors and administers Rehabilitative Service Administration Long -Term Training grants from the department and also federal grants from India. Her research and pedagogical interests include Meditation and Self Care Techniques for Counselor Wellness, Microaggressions of minority individuals especially South Indian Americans, International Counseling, Acculturation and Immigration Issues, Trauma and Resilience, Marriage and Minority Family Counseling, and research methods in counseling.

Dr. Manyam is an expert at qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies. She is considered as the statistician of the department and serves on several doctoral dissertation and curriculum committees. As a co-chair of Diversity and Equity Council and a Region IV representative from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), Dr. Manyam advocates for the Minority Issues and Social Justice of Individuals with Disabilities. She regularly serves as grant reviewer for the Rehabilitative Service Administration and as a site visit team member for Council for Accreditation on Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). She also regularly presents at national and international conferences and had 16 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Manyam received the 2009 outstanding new advisor award from National Academic Advisor Association. She served on the Board for Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. Dr. Manyam also serves on the editorial board for the Counseling Outcome and Research Evaluation journal, The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
  • National Certified Counselor

Courses taught

  • Advanced Practicum (Doctoral level)
  • Application of Statistical Analysis (Undergraduate and graduate levels)
  • Case Management and Consultation (Masters level)
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling (Masters & Doctoral level)
  • Counseling Practicum and Internship (Masters level)
  • Counselor Wellness and Supervision (Masters level)
  • Cultural Perspectives in Counseling (Masters level)
  • Dissertation (Doctoral level)
  • Family Theories and Development (Masters & Doctoral level)
  • International Counseling: Cultural Immersion in India (Masters& Doctoral level)
  • Life Span Development (Masters level)
  • Research Design (Doctoral level)
  • Research Methods and Statistics I (Doctoral level)
  • Research Methods and Statistics II (Doctoral level)
  • Research and Program Evaluation (Masters level)
  • Social and Cultural Diversity (Masters level)

Areas of specialization

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Grant Writing and Management
  • Research and Statistics
  • School Counseling

Leadership positions in the profession or discipline

  • Council for Accreditation on Counseling and Related Education Programs
    (CACREP) Site visit team member 2019-present
  • Board of Directors, National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) 2017-present
  • Region IV representative, NCRE 2017-present
  • Diversity and Equity Council Co-Chair, NCRE 2017-present
  • Project Director of Mercer Rehabilitation Service Administration
    (RSA) grants 2016-present
  • Assistant Project Director of Mercer RSA grant 2015-2016
  • Board of Directors, Licensed Professional Counselors
    Association of Georgia (LPCAGA) 2012- 2016
  • Member of Institutional Research Board, Mercer University, Atlanta 2013- 2015
  • Professional Development Committee chair at LPCAGA 2012- 2016

Research and professional interests

  • Acculturation Issues of Immigrants
  • Counseling Supervision
  • Counselor Wellness
  • Cultural Immersion Experiences
  • International Counseling
  • Meditation and Self-care Techniques
  • Minority Family Counseling
  • Minority Microaggressions
  • Psychological Aspects of Disabilities
  • Research Methods in Counseling
  • South Asian Marriage Counseling
  • Trauma and Resilience

Research with students or opportunities for students to assist/become involved in scholarship

  • African American Group Counseling
  • Counselor Wellness and Impact of Self Care Techniques
  • Minority Microaggressions
  • Study Abroad Immersion Experiences
  • Techniques of Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis in Counseling

Recent publications

  • Manyam, S., & Davis, T, L. (2020). Trauma, Resiliency, and the Group Therapy with African American Children and Adolescents: A 30-plus Year Content Analysis, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 45 (1), 56-75, DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2019.1699619
  • Manyam, S., Panjwani, S. & Parker, J. M. (2019). HIV Microaggressions Across Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems: A Social Justice Perspective. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30 (4), doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1891/2168-6653.30.4.1
  • Manyam, S., & Panjwani, S. (2019). Analyzing Interview Transcripts of a Phenomenological Study on the Cultural Immersion Experiences of Graduate Counseling Students. SAGE Research Methods Data Sets Part-2, doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526496348
  • Manyam, S. B., & Brown, J. ( 2018). Assessment in Rehabilitation Counseling. In Tests and Assessments in Counseling: A Case by Case Exploration. (McHenry, B., MacCluskie, K.C., & McHenry, J ( Eds.). Routledge: NY
  • Manyam, S. B., & Underwood, J. ( 2018). Exploration of Faculty and Doctoral Student Perspectives in Conducting a Group Research Project for a Research Design Class: A Case Study Approach., SAGE Research Methods Cases in Psychology.


  • Penfield* Distance Learning faculty fellowship recipient, 2014-2015
  • Center for Narrative Study’ faculty grant fellowship recipient 2014-2015
  • Outstanding New Academic Advisor from National Academic Advising Association, 2009

*Now, College of Professional Advancement

Other activities

  • Grant Peer Reviewer: National Clearing House on Rehabilitation Training Materials – 2016-present
  • Editorial Board Member Evaluation: Counseling Outcome and Research – 2013-present
  • Editorial Board Member: The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology – 2012-present
  • Ambassador: International Registry of Counselor Education and Related Programs (IRCEP, an affiliate of CACREP) – 2014-present
  • Senior Research Fellow: Foundation for Evidence-Based Development in India – 2018-present
  • Peer Reviewer for Book Edition (3rd): Statistics Alive by Steinberg W, Sage Publications – 2017
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer: Mercer University Atlanta Research Conference – 2013-2014
  • Research Consultant: Social Sciences Research Group Inc. – 2010-2012
  • Research Consultant: Georgia State University, Atlanta – 2010

Contact Dr. Manyam

Atlanta Administration Building
Room 364