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Tyra Whittaker, PhD

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Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, North Carolina
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor


Dr. Tyra Turner Whittaker serves as a Professor and has served as a tenured professor of counseling at two academic institutions. With over 23 years as a counselor educator, Dr. Whittaker has served as a department chair, program coordinator, and grant writer. She has received over 8 million in grant funds to meet the needs of racial and ethnic minorities with disabilities and behavioral addictions. She is also the Co-founder of the Whittaker Institute for Success and Enrichment and the Center for Passionate Relationships. Her research interests include multicultural rehabilitation counselor education, racial trauma and reconciliation, recruitment and retention, and life care planning. She has served on numerous professional boards including the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification (CRCC), National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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