EdD, MA, Argosy University, Atlanta; BA, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Holistic wellness/health paradigm, wellness and self-care practices of African American women, wellness, self-care practices, counselor wellness, counseling students’ wellness and self-care, alternative health practices, addiction, mental health counseling, military dependents and resiliency, veterans
Dr. Akins was raised in a military household and traveled globally, learning to appreciate diversity as a youth. She is a licensed mental health counselor associate in Washington and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. Dr. Akins has worked with various populations in roles that include social services investigator for child abuse and neglect, addiction therapist, medical social worker, therapist for juvenile delinquents and abused and neglected adolescents, and HIV/AIDS therapist and facilitator. She has teaching experience in the areas of clinical supervision, career counseling, foundations of community counseling, research and evaluation, clinical interviewing, theories of counseling, and group counseling. Dr. Akins was the recipient of the 2011–2012 Chi Sigma Iota Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter Outstanding Doctoral-Level Student award.