Shanaz Ali Sawyer

Education

PhD, BS, University of Florida; MS, Nova Southeastern University

Research Interests

Narrative research in therapy and the efficacy of narrative therapy in multicultural populations; mindfulness in cognitive behavioral therapy for grief, trauma, and populations in recovery from substance dependence; women’s mental health and domestic violence among professional women; first-generation South Asian college student issues; college student career development

Background

Dr. Sawyer is a licensed mental health counselor, private practice clinician, and counselor educator. In addition to serving as a contributing faculty member at Walden University since 2011, she maintains private practice offices in both Orlando and Gainesville, Florida. Her background includes working for community behavioral health in both in-patient and outpatient settings, as well as in college settings. Her work has included addressing the needs of a highly multicultural and multinational clientele with mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, addiction and recovery, women’s issues, domestic violence, adult Asperger’s, and multicultural issues. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in both the community college and university environments, teaching undergraduate and graduate students since 2000. Dr. Sawyer is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Counselors for Social Justice.

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