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Event Description

As we face a worsening mental health crisis in the U.S., it is more important than ever to be vigilant about the stress and burnout so often experienced by mental health providers. In this presentation, we will address the stress experienced by mental health care providers, and definitions of burnout and compassion fatigue will be provided. The research about burnout will be discussed, and strategies for identifying and attempting to address burnout will be discussed. 


Melanie Wilcox, PhD

Melanie Wilcox











Dr. Melanie Wilcox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, and Department of Psychiatry at Augusta University. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2015. Prior to joining Augusta University, she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Training at in counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University, and an Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Clinic at Louisiana Tech University. Her research agenda has three pillars: Culturally responsive psychotherapy and psychotherapy training, racial and socioeconomic inequity in higher education, and Whiteness and social justice. Across these areas, Dr. Wilcox has 24 peer-reviewed publications, 63 peer-reviewed presentations, and 32 invited presentations, including a number of continuing education workshops. She has also served in many regional and national service and leadership roles, including currently serving on the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs and the Georgia Psychological Association’s Legal and Legislative Advocacy Committee and Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Wilcox is also a licensed psychologist and board certified in counseling psychology, and maintains a part-time private practice where she conducts psychotherapy and psychological assessment from culturally responsive and trauma-informed perspectives.