College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Cyndi Briggs was born and raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where she majored in psychology and minored in art. Guilford has a strong social justice focus, and during her college career Dr. Briggs became engaged in activism efforts, which continues to be a passion and purpose.
After college she worked for two years as a case manager for adults with special needs (e.g., autism, developmental disabilities, and head injuries) before returning to graduate school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where she completed a Masters degree in Community Counseling. She obtained her National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential in 1998 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina in 2000.
After graduate school, Dr. Briggs worked for five years as an addiction and mental health counselor and higher education administrator in student life and admissions. In 2003 she moved to beautiful Corvallis, Oregon, to complete her doctoral degree in Counseling at Oregon State University.
In 2006, after graduation, she moved to Rochester, Minnesota to teach at Winona State University and to learn how to cross country ski. In 2010 she became a contributing faculty member at Walden University and moved back to North Carolina. For four years Dr. Briggs maintained a private counseling/coaching practice, consulted with businesses and non-profits, taught at Walden, UNCC, Wake Forest, and Guilford College, and worked as a writer and blogger. In 2014 she accepted a core faculty position at Walden in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where she continues to work full time.
Since 2014, Dr. Briggs has been the principal researcher in a community oral history project with veterans. This collaborative project includes community museums and other stakeholders, and has resulted in a staged reading of veterans' stories and written products.