College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sacky Holdiness, Ph. D., earned a B.S. in Sociology from Mississippi State College for Women, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of West Florida, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University. She has over 45 years of teaching experience, which encompasses kindergarten through college in the United States as well as in Europe. Her clinical experience includes working as a children’s therapist at Weems Community Mental Health Center in Meridian, Mississippi. A Specialist in School Psychology, Dr. Holdiness also administered psychological tests for both children and adults. In addition, she served as a sexual abuse therapist at Wesley House Sexual Assault Crisis Center where she conducted investigative interviews with sexually abused children and served as an expert witness in numerous court cases. She has served as the Director of The Counselor’s Cabin since 2004. Dr. Holdiness joined Walden University as a Contributing Faculty member in 2010 and teaches in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. A nationally certified counselor, Dr. Holdiness is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Mississippi Counseling Association, and the Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Association. Current research interests are in attachment and communication.