Whitney P. Akers PhD

Assistant Professor, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Whitney P. Akers, PhD, NCC, LPCA, ACS is an Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a counselor in private practice in Greensboro, NC. Whitney completed doctoral work in Counseling and Counselor Education with a cognate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Whitney’s research centers on how people who identify as LGBTQ+ experience outness, how intersections of queerness and race, class, ability, spirituality, and ethnicity influence mental health and wellness, and how these intersectional lived-experiences are impacted by the current political climate in terms of access, perceived levels of safety, and identity pride. Recently, Whitney’s passion for examining ethical research practices facilitated collaboration with a team of counselor educators affiliated with ALGBTIC and AARC to create standards for assessment and research with LGBTQ+ populations. Whitney is grateful to have received the 2016-2017 ALGBTIC Graduate Student Award and honored to serve on the editorial board for The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling and as the 2018-2019 ALGBTIC New Professional Emerging Leader.