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Tonia Parker

Tonia Parker


Department Chair - Psychology

American Public University System


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American Public University System | Aug 2021 - Present

Department Chair

Supervise approximately 50 faculty teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes in psychology to ensure quality of teaching. Oversee development and delivery of 38 courses to ensure quality of learning and consistency with professional standards. Utilize data for quality assurance and improvement in the areas of student persistance, student learning outcomes, faculty and student engagement, program growth, and program integrity. Collaborate with other university staff and leadership to assist with policy and programmatic development and strategic planning.
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American Public University System | Feb 2017 - Aug 2021

Faculty Director

Arts & Humanities to ensure quality of teaching. Assisted Program Directors with hiring of faculty to fulfill needs in their departments. Investigated and resolved student complaints and grade appeals to ensure the quality of the student experience.

South University | Jun 2013 - Feb 2017

Assistant Program Director

 Assisted with oversight of psychology department for the online campus to ensure a quality educational experience for students and faculty.  Supervised adjunct and full-time faculty and ensured the quality of courses taught by adjunct faculty.  Assisted with review of psychology program retention and persistence rates as well as development of methods and resources to increase student success.  Served on committees focused on curriculum development, selection of a learning management system, revision of faculty handbook, revision of new faculty orientation, and development of psychology and related degree curricula.

South University | Mar 2009 - Feb 2017

Assistant Professor

 Taught psychology coursework for the online campus.  Assisted with development of policies for internal Institutional Review Board.  Assisted with the review of critical thinking competencies as part of the Quality Enhancement Plan for accreditation.  Developed Scientific Writing Handbook for students to assist with scientific writing, information literacy, and APA formatting.

Augusta University | May 2006 - Dec 2009

Adjunct Faculty

 Taught graduate level courses in counseling and education programs.

Midlands Technical College | Aug 2006 - May 2009

Adjunct Faculty

 Taught introductory psychology course to undergraduate students at campuses and at a partner high school.

Baker College | May 2006 - May 2009

Adjunct Faculty

 Taught general social science courses in undergraduate program.  Assisted with curriculum and course development for a new psychology bachelor degree program.  Mentored new faculty members through completion of training process and teaching of first course.

South University | May 2007 - Mar 2009

Adjunct Faculty

 Taught introductory psychology course as part of general education requirements for various majors.

Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta | Jul 2004 - Feb 2006


* Conducted intake assessment on youth admitted to facility. * Provided individual, group, and family counseling to youth in facility. * Provided crisis intervention to youth. * Participated in treatment team and clinical team meetings to ensure quality care. * Participated on Program Enrichment Committee. * Provided training to staff on clinical issues. * Provided case management and coordination with referral sources. * Completed clinical documentation. * Provided on-call services to include review of youth requiring physical containment. * Provided clinical supervision of interns from local universities.

Department of Juvenile Justice | May 1999 - Jun 2004

Social Services Provider II

* As Designated Mental Health Authority for facility, supervised the implementation of behavior management system, mental health services, and related policies, and ensured that all staff members were trained and implementing policies. * Conducted initial triage and assessment of youth admitted to facility. * Provided individual, group, and family counseling to youth in facility. * Provided crisis intervention and emergency assessment services to youth and families. * Coordinated with court services to ensure appropriate mental health services for youth. * Coordinated interdisciplinary treatment team and quality assurance team meetings. * Participated in monthly meeting to review and prioritize youth recommended for Specialized Residential Services. * Assisted other facilities with preparing for audits and reviews. * Conducted training for staff on clinical and policy issues. * Served as Site Coordinator for Performance Based Standards Project.

Georgia Highlands Center, CSB | Nov 1997 - May 1999

Human Services Provider

* Provided individual, family, and group counseling to children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances in a variety of settings including home services and school clinics. * Provided crisis intervention services for children and adolescents. * Consulted with schools, juvenile court, local hospital, RYDC, DFCS, and other community agencies about needs of clients and client population. * Participated in weekly Service Authorization Team meetings to ensure adequate utilization of services to meet client needs. * Appointed to agency Professional Review Team. * Represented agency on community Truancy Treatment Team. * Chaired committee to design orientation handbook for children.

Inner Harbour Hospitals, Ltd. | Jun 1995 - Oct 1997

PRN Counselor

* Implemented daily routines and maintained therapeutic environment. * Counseled with individuals and groups of children about personal problems and feelings, and referred them to appropriate members of treatment team for follow-up. * Maintained supervision of children and intervened in crisis situations. * Administered ordered restraints when needed. * Completed all necessary behavior and treatment documentation.

My Education

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B.S. in MathematicsAmerican Public University | 2023
MPH in Public HealthArgosy University | 2015
Ph.D. in General PsychologyCapella University | 2008
M.S. in Community CounselingGeorgia State University | 1997
B.S., PsychologyGeorgia State University | 1995

About Me

Tonia Parker

I am working to update my data analysis skills and catch up with technological advances in preparation to get back involved in research.

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