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Sterling P. Travis, PhD

Assistant Professor

Sterling P. Travis is an assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Human Development area of emphasis at the School of Education. His research focus is on individual psychology; evidence based practices; and college student development. He has extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. He previously worked as the Clinical Director of a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders. Sterling has served as a counselor at several university counseling centers and has worked in private practice and several grant funded counseling centers. Additionally, Sterling has extensive experience supervising clinicians at the graduate level and those seeking state licensure.

Sterling completed his doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from the College of William and Mary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Sterling currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.

EDUCATION

2017, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Counselor Education & Supervision
Cognate: College Student Development
Dissertation Title: A Delphi Study Regarding How, Can, and Should Individual Psychology Demonstrate Efficacy and Effectiveness Given Evidence Based Practice Evaluation Standards.

2013, The University of Mississippi, University, MS
Masters of Education (M.Ed.): Community Counseling

2011, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Science (B.S.): Psychology

LICENSURE & CERTIFICATIONS

2016, Licensed Professional Counselor (License # 0701006908), Commonwealth of Virginia

2013, National Certified Counselor (Certificate #: 318463)

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

02/2018 – Present Licensed Professional Counselor
New Town Counseling Center, Williamsburg, VA
Provide direct counseling services in private practice in Williamsburg Virginia. Provide counseling services to adolescents, college students, adults, and couples/families. Specializing in college counseling, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, personality disorders, addictions, self-esteem issues and other mental health issues and diagnosis.

02/2018 – Present PRN Psychotherapist
Veritas Collaborative, Richmond, VA
Provide counseling services in group settings for both adult and adolescent individuals across all levels of care (Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program) with eating disorder diagnosis and co-morbid disorders. Provide counseling services to family and community of support members of identified patients.

05/2017 – 02/2018 Clinical Director
Veritas Collaborative, Richmond, VA
Develop and implement clinical programming across all levels of care (Partial
Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program) for both adult and adolescent individuals with eating disorder diagnosis and co-morbid disorders. Provide administrative and/or clinical supervision for psychotherapists, managers, and supervisors in clinical department. Participate in personnel decisions, including hiring, termination, and disciplinary actions. Assist with project management and program development, with an emphasis on implementation of best practices in the treatment of eating disorders and co-morbid conditions. Conduct trainings for clinical and non-clinical staff. Conduct intake assessments and provided individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, case management services, and on-call for patients diagnosed with a primary eating disorder, frequently in conjunction with other co-morbid mental health and physical health concerns. Establish and implement policy and procedure related to clinical operations. Cultivate relationships with referral resources and community stakeholders. Attend and participate in treatment team meetings, peer supervision, therapist meetings, administrative meetings, and individual supervision. Maintain knowledge of best practices in the treatment of eating disorders and co-morbid conditions.

01/2015 – 01/2017 Group Co-Facilitator, New Directions
New Horizons Family Counseling, Williamsburg, VA
Facilitated a weekly group under a federal grant program; Lead and designed curriculum for elementary, middle-school, and high-school aged children’s groups (5-10 members per group); Consulted with family counselors and parents; Group curriculum was designed to supplement the STEP program and promote moral development.

08/2014 – 09/2016 Resident Counselor, New Horizon Family Counseling Center
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Provided weekly individual and family counseling services to a diverse population of clients referred through local school divisions; Maintained accurate and current case documentation of clinical services; Conducted intake assessments; Developed and implemented treatment plans; Provided crisis intervention; supplied referrals and follow up services; Engaged in treatment collaboration and consultation with other members of client’s treatment team (teachers, case managers, psychologist, psychiatrist etc.); Utilized a variety of evidence-based psychological interventions based on theoretical grounding to meet clients needs.

08/2013 – 05/2016 Resident Counselor, New Leaf Clinic
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Provided group-counseling services to college student athletes; Developed and implemented cognitive based intervention model to address substance abuse and team culture among specific Division I athletic teams; Maintained current and accurate case documentation; Conducted group member screening; Provided referrals and follow up service; Served as point-of-contact with coaches and team members in organizing team-counseling meetings.

09/2014 – 05/2015 Eating Disorder Intervention Leader, Resilient Female Athlete Program
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Co-led a grant-funded semester long voluntary group for Division I female athletes to promote resilience to eating disorder symptomatology; Group was developed through collaboration with student health and athletics administration; Group members developed a social media initiative as a result of participation in the resilient female athlete project.

08/2013 – 05/2015 Resident Counselor, Office of Counseling Services
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Provided individual counseling services to self-referral and mandated Christopher Newport University students; Conducted intake assessments, diagnostic assessments, and developed individualized treatment plans to address a variety of presenting problems ranging in severity; Maintained accurate and current case documentation of clinical services: Utilized the DSM-IV-TR, and DSM-5 in diagnosing clients; Provided consultation to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community; Provided walk-in crisis counseling; Collaborated with other staff counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists regarding client treatment; Applied a variety of brief psychological interventions and treatment models based on theoretical grounding and client needs.

08/2012 – 07/2013 Team Founder, Eating Disorder Treatment & Awareness Team
The University of Mississippi, University, MS
Collaborated with university faculty, counseling center staff, and other graduate students to found campus wide eating disorder treatment and awareness team; Developed programing to bring awareness of eating disorders to The University of Mississippi campus; Presented psychoeducational seminars concerning eating disorders to groups on campus; Developed campus wide collaborative treatment and support model; Participated in nonprofit panel discussion put on by “Southern Smash” as an eating disorder clinical specialist.

08/2012 – 07/2013 Intern, College Counseling Center
The University of Mississippi, University, MS
Conducted intake interviews, and provided individual, group, and crisis counseling services to self-referral and mandated University of Mississippi students; Maintained accurate and current case documentation of clinical services; Worked on-call to triage emergency clients; Lead the Making Peace with Food group that provided services for clients with disordered eating concerns on campus; Engaged in treatment collaboration and consultation with other members of client’s treatment team on campus (professors, case managers, psychologist, psychiatrist, dieticians, etc.); Served on the staff search and interview committee; Participated in data analysis for ongoing program evaluation of the counseling centers effectiveness.

08/2012 – 01/2013 Practicum Student, Haven House
Communicare, Oxford, MS
Provided individual, group, and family counseling services to clients in an in- patient substance abuse treatment facility; Presented psychoeducational trainings; Maintained current and accurate case documentation for counseling services.

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Doctoral Teaching Internship
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

  • Internship in Counseling Supervision (doctoral-level): 2016
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship (masters-level): 2014- 2016 Group Counseling (masters-level): 2014
  • Psychopathology (masters-level): 2014
  • Career Development Theory (masters-level): 2014
  • Supervised Practicum in Counseling (masters-level): 2014
  • Techniques of Counseling (masters-level): 2014
LEADERSHIP & SERVICE

Secretary (2016 – Present): North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Adlerian Research Network Liaison to the Board Member (2016-present): North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Editorial Board (2015 – 2016): William & Mary Educational Review
Adlerian Counseling and Therapy Section Co-chair (2015 – 2016): North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Long Range Planning Committee Member (2014 – 2016): North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Emerging Leader (2014 – 2016): North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Public Relations Committee Member (2014 – Present): North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Eating Disorder Treatment and Awareness Team Founder (2012 – 2013): The University of Mississippi

HONORS & AWARDS

Masters Student Excellence in Research Award (2013): The University of Mississippi
Chi Sigma Iota – Epsilon Mu Chapter (2012): The University of Mississippi & the College of William and Mary
Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honor Society (2010): James Madison University
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (2008): Lynchburg College

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

Reviewer

2014 – Present Presentation Reviewer, Adlerian Counseling and Therapy Section
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference
Collaborate with co-chair and member representatives of the Adlerian Counseling and Therapy Section to select conference presentations and section sponsored presentations for the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology annual conferences held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Minneapolis Minnesota.

2014 – 2017 Editorial Review Board, William and Mary Educational Review
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Reviewed and edited submitted publications for inclusion in regional journal.

Publications

Tuazon, V., Travis, S. P., Honderich, E., Williams, A., Menefee, S., & Gressard, C. (2017). Drunkorexia: An Exploratory Investigation of College Students with Alcohol-Related Infractions. Journal of College Counseling.

Greene, C. A., Williams, A. E., Harris, P. N., Travis, S. P., & Kim, S. Y. (2016). Unfolding Case-Based Practicum Curriculum Infusing Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Preparation. Counselor Education and Supervision, 55: 216–232.

Booth, N. R., Travis, S. P., Borzumato-Gainey, C., & Degges-White, S. (2013). Social involvement: Helping students find their place in campus life. In C. Borzumato-Gainey & S. Degges-White (Eds.). College student mental health counseling: A developmental approach, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Travis, S. P. (approved). Why individual psychology needs to gain evidence-based status. Submitted for review to Journal of Individual Psychology in November 2017.

Manuscripts in Progress

Travis, S. P. (in preparation). How, can, and should individual psychology demonstrate efficacy and effectiveness. Journal of Individual Psychology.

Travis, S. P. (in preparation). Using Adlerian counseling to help college students develop a sense of belonging. Journal of Individual Psychology.

Travis, S. P. (in preparation). Impact of learning disabilities on students transitioning to college: A self-authorship perspective. Journal of College Student Development.

Professional Presentations

Greene, C. A., Travis, S. P., & Foster, V. A. (November 2017). Incorporating moral education in counseling with young children: Encouraging prosocial choices and behavior. Association for Moral Education, St. Louis, Missouri.

Tuazon, V., Travis, S. P., & Honderich, E. (March 2017). Drunkorexia and College Students with Alcohol-related Consequences. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.

Travis, S., Tuazon, V., & Honderich, E. (October 2016). Drunkorexia: Eating and drinking behaviors of college students. Virginia Counseling Association Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Greene, C., Williams, A., & Travis, S. P. (March, 2016). “We thought you’d just tell us ‘don’t do drugs'”: A substance abuse program for athletes. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Harris, P., Greene, C., Williams, A., Kim, S., & Travis, S. P. (Oct. 2015). Say what? Recognizing microaggressions in group counseling case studies. Association of Counselors, Educators and Supervisors, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Travis, S. P. (Oct. 2015). Invited lecturer: Adlerian Theory and Practice. Theories and Strategies of Counseling School-Aged Children. College of William and Mary.

Greene, C. & Travis, S. P. (June, 2015) My body, my ideal: Building resilience to EDs among college athletes through dissonance, connection, and empowerment. Eating Disorder in Sport Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Travis, S. P. (May, 2015). Increasing social interest in college students. North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Travis, S. P. (March. 2015). Using Adlerian Psychology to Assist College Students in Developing a Sense of Belonging. William and Mary School of Education Research Symposium. Williamsburg, Virginia.

Travis, S. P., Greene, C., & Merlin, C. (Nov. 2014). From Glamorize to Empathize: Effective Programming for Eating Disorder Prevention and Awareness. Virginia Counseling Association Annual Conference. Williamsburg, Virginia.

Travis, S.P. (Oct. 2014). Invited lecturer: Adlerian Theory and Practice. Theories and Strategies of Counseling School-Aged Children. College of William and Mary.

Greene, C., Harris, P., Kim, S., Travis, S. P., & Williams, A. (Oct, 2014). The case of Charlee: An experiential trauma-focused practicum. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Birmingham, Alabama.

Greene, C., & Travis, S. P., (Oct, 2014). Motivating athletic team culture change around substance use. American College Counseling Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas.

Magruder, J., Booth, N. R., Hankton, U. N., Pratt, C., Travis, S. P. (Nov, 2013). Using brief assessments. Mississippi Counseling Association Conference. Jackson, Mississippi.

Travis, S. P. (July, 2013). Development and analysis of an Adlerian eating disorder assessment. North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.

Travis, S. P. (June, 2012). An investigation of Adlerian models applied to eating disorders. North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Current Research Projects

2016 – Present Adlerian Evidence Based Research
Collaborating with Adlerian Research Network to implement Randomized Controlled Trials to increase the empirical research base for individual psychology.

08/2015 – Present Keyword Content Analysis of Journal of Counseling and Development
Collaborating with research team comprised of two faculty members and one first year doctoral student to conduct a qualitative content analysis of keyword and subject terms utilized by the Journal of Counseling and Development to explore trends in term usage and common themes from 1984 to 2015. Involved in the literature review, methodology, and data collection, input, analysis and interpretation.

08/2015 – Present New Leaf Clinic Data
Collaborating with research team comprised of three faculty members and two other doctoral students to analyze historical data from data collected related to the BASICS program utilized by the New Leaf Substance Abuse Clinic. Involved in the literature review, methodology, and data analysis and interpretation.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Counseling Association (ACA) (2011 – present)
American College Counseling Association (ACCA) (2013 – present)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) (2014 – present) International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)(2017-present) North American Society for Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) (2012 – present) Mid-Atlantic Adlerian Psychology Society (MAPS) (2013 – present)
South Carolina Society of Adlerian Psychology (SCSAP) (2015 – present)
Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (SACES) (2014 – present) Virginia Counseling Association (VCA) (2014 – present)