College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Karen Barbee’s formal training is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education Supervision. Dr. Barbee has been a licensed clinical mental health counselor since 2013 and a licensed clinical mental health supervisor since 2018. Dr. Barbee currently owns and operates a mental health and substance abuse agency in the central part of North Carolina. Dr. Barbee and her agency have led the way in developing an excellent school-based program that they continue to replicate in several school systems in North Carolina. Dr. Barbee is new to instructing in higher education, however, she has provided interns and newly licensed therapists with supervision and guidance since 2018 through her agency and throughout the state of North Carolina. Dr. Barbee’s current research interests center around racial trauma and mental health interventions as well as understanding social justice change theories and their intersection with mental health treatment. Dr. Barbee recently presented at a statewide trauma informed care summit where she was a panel speaker and presented at a SACES conference in 2016. Dr. Barbee currently serves on three local, community boards in her county and chairs the county’s board of health. Dr. Barbee also serves on a substance misuse task force for the mayor of a neighboring county.