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Counseling Psychologist Fayth Parks, Ph.D., retires in Dec.

After 19 years of service to Georgia Southern University and over 40 years as a counseling psychology professional, Fayth Parks, Ph.D., retired in December from her role as professor of counselor education in the College of Education. 

Parks served the College and University program through various roles and committees during her tenure including: coordinator for the counselor education graduate program, Adhoc Committee and Faculty and Staff Emotional Health, Academic Standards Committee, Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate President, 2009 Presidential Search and Screening Committee.

Parks has conducted research on topics including ethnopsychology, rural health disparities, health and spirituality, cultural strengths and resilience, positive psychology, and psychology and the visual arts. She is the founding chair of the Rural HIV Research and Training Conference, a two-day forum for exchanging the latest information and learning the newest tools to address the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in rural communities. Parks also served as a faculty affiliate in the Georgia Southern Rural Health Research Institute for several years.

Among her accolades, Parks received the 2021 University Award of Excellence for Community Engagement; 2020 COE Jack Miller Award for Service; and 2017 Jefferson Silver Cup Service Award. She provided continued service on the Committee on Psychology and AIDS for the American Psychological Association. She also has earned a reputation as a formidable ‘TedTalker’ (https://youtu.be/q9Tkb879dsY). 

“Dr. Parks has been a valuable and versatile member of the College’s Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development team,” said Amee Adkins, Ph.D., interim department chair. She leaves shoes not easily filled.”

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