Dr. Michael T. Garrett, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is a counselor educator and certified school counselor. He began his education at North Carolina State University at Raleigh, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English. He then went on to earn a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development and his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
After receiving his degrees, Dr. Garrett began his first job in higher education as an Assistant Professor of counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He then served as an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Counseling at Western Carolina University where he also served as the department head in the Department of Human Services from 2002-2004.
From there, Dr. Michael T. Garrett moved north to Old Dominion University in Virginia. He served as Department Chair at Old Dominion, and later accepted a position at the University of Florida.
In addition, Dr. Michael T. Garrett worked closely with the Navajo Nation and other tribes in a number of roles while working as a consultant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Later, Dr. Garrett performed a similar role for the Native American Center for Excellence.
Dr. Michael T. Garrett possesses expertise in fields that include multiculturalism and community social justice, group work, health and spirituality, counseling in both school and community settings, working with young people, and counseling Native Americans in contributions that include over 80 professional publications.
In addition, Dr. Garrett has also written several academic books. He authored Walking on the Wind: Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance, Native American Faith in America, and Counseling and Diversity: Counseling Native Americans, as well as coauthored the books, Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship, Cherokee Full Circle: A Practical Guide to Ceremonies and Traditions and Counseling and Diversity.
Dr. Michael T. Garrett grew up on the Native American reservation in western North Carolina. Garrett still possesses strong family and community ties on the reservation there. Due to his background and experience with Native people, both professionally and personally, Dr. Michael T. Garrett provides an informed viewpoint and expertise with Native American culture, topics and contemporary issues.