Dr. Michael Garrett, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is a counselor educator and certified school counselor. He began his education at North Carolina State University in 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 subsequently 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 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 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.
Most recently, Dr. Garrett has served as Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at the University of West Georgia.
Dr. Michael 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 resulting in scholarly contributions that include over 90 professional publications.
Dr. Garrett has also written a number of 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; 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; and edited the book, Youth and Adversity: Psychology and Influences of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Coping.
Dr. Michael Garrett grew up on the Cherokee reservation in western North Carolina where he still possesses strong family and community ties. Due to his background and experience with Native people, both professionally and personally, Dr. Michael Garrett provides an informed viewpoint and expertise with Native American culture, topics, and contemporary issues.