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Patti Hinkley, Ed.D.


Professional Counseling



  • Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Sarasota
  • M.A. Counseling, Liberty University
  • B.S. Psychology, Liberty University
  • Additional Graduate courses, University of Virginia & Lynchburg College


Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Virginia
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, VA
  • National Certified Counselor Experience
  • Liberty University
    • Professor, Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies, 1986-present
    • Associate Dean for the Distance Learning and Graduate Programs, 2004-2006
    • Executive Director, Distance Learning Program, 2000-2004
    • Faculty Coordinator, Distance Learning Program, 1999-2000
    • Department Chair/Coordinator for Psychology, Distance Learning Program, 1991-1999
    • Director of Practicum & Internship for Counseling, Distance Learning Program, 1987-1999
    • Academic Advisor, Counseling, Distance Learning Program, 1986-1987
  • Professional Counseling
    • Light Counseling Associates, Lynchburg, VA, 1986-2005


Dr. Hinkley is a professor in the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Liberty University. She has been teaching counseling classes at Liberty for 35 years while also serving in various administrative roles, including Executive Director, Associate Dean and Department Chair for the online program. Dr. Hinkley is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She practiced as a professional counselor for 19 years in a part-time private practice. Her current research includes counselor education program success, faculty/student success, and women’s issues.


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