Ashlei Petion, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the NSU Department of Counseling. She earned her doctorate in Counselor Education from Georgia State University and her M.A. in Counselor Education from University of Central Florida in 2017, specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a board certified, licensed associate professional counselor and marriage & family therapist. Dr. Petion has many years of experience in the mental health profession, ranging from the National Suicide Hotline and crisis centers to community- and school-based mental healthcare. Primarily, her clinical expertise involves working with teens and their families to promote healthy familial relationships that contribute to healthy, strong communities.
Dr. Petion's research focuses on generational trauma and healing in Black communities, primarily within qualitative and mixed methodology frameworks. She is a two-time NBCC Minority Fellow (masters and doctoral levels), Research Fellow for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ LGBTQ Institute, and former CSI Intern and AMCD Graduate Student Representative. She currently serves as the American Counseling Association’s Student Representative to the Governing Council. Currently, she has 3 articles published in refereed journals, presented at over 20 national, state, and local conferences, and has two published book chapters.