Sherrá M. Watkins, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS
Dr. Sherrá Watkins (she/her/hers), grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a clinical psychotherapist and serves as the director of wellness counseling and assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at AUC.
A leader in the mental health and substance use field, Dr. Watkins’ passion is to transform systems that perpetuate decreased access and utilization of counseling services to BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color). Her research focuses on decreasing the stigma of mental health and substance use disorders, chronic pain and chronic diseases among African Americans, and the intersection of racism and racial bias within chronic pain and substance use treatment.
Dr. Watkins earned four degrees from East Carolina University: a doctor of philosophy in rehabilitation counseling & administration, a master of science in clinical counseling & substance abuse counseling, a master’s of arts in education in health education, and bachelor of science in school health education. She is also the CEO and co-owner of Sister WELLS, Counseling, Coaching & Consulting, PLLC and proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Watkins currently resides in Sint Maarten with her husband (Lorinza) and two boys, William and Bryson.