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Amber Gardner

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Amber Gardner earned her Doctorate of Education from Governors State University (GSU). She has earned two Master’s degrees from GSU, one in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and the other in Communications and Training.

Dr. Gardner views her teaching role as that of a servant leader and a coach as she focuses on meeting the needs of her students. Her role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and the field of counseling occurs through an open sharing of ideas and mutual respect given and expected from her students. As an educator, Dr. Gardner's goal is to utilize a variety of teaching tools and mediums to best facilitate learning for all students.


EdD, Governors State University - University Park, IL United States

Public Service

Beds Plus, Volunteer - Palos Hills, IL United States


Gardner, A. C. (2018). A crack in the foundation: The implications of parent hopelessness for a blue ribbon school district under construction. International Marriage and Family Counseling Association.

Gardner, A. C. (2018). An elusive phenomenon: Parent hopelessness in a changing world. Illinois Counseling Association.

Gardner, A. C. (2018). The Nihilistic Threat to the family. Black Mental Health.

Flowers Roe, Gardner, A. C. (2018). The couple that plays together stays together: Using play to enhance African American couple relationships. Black Mental Health.