Clinical Assistant Professor


Mary Huffstead, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling (CSPC) at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Huffstead obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Indiana State University, M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Huffstead's clinical experience includes multicultural counseling, play therapy, group counseling, and family counseling. Her clinical speciality includes working with the multiracial population, women and children who experience domestic violence, sexual assault and/or home insecurity. She is well-grounded in both the multicultural and advocacy competencies within the field of counseling. Her research interest encompasses multicultural training, multiracial identity development, and issues concerning those identifying as LGBTQ and living with a chronic illness and/or disability. She has published peer-reviewed articles and presented at the state, regional, and national level. She is a dedicated leader and volunteer within the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. 

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, 2012
  • M.Ed., Master of Education, Auburn University, 2014
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, 2019