Dr. Bernadine Duncan

Dr. Bernadine Duncan is the Director of Student Counseling Services and the Women’s Center at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) where she provides mental health services to the PVAMU student community and serves as adjunct graduate professor in the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department.  She developed a learning community model at PVAMU for master’s and doctoral-level graduate students called the C.L.I.M.B. model and has published two articles on The Usage of the SREB Critical Success Factors in Developing Teacher Leaders to Assume Instructional Leadership Responsibilities” in the International Journal of Teacher Leadership and “A Model for Establishing Learning Communities at a HBCU in Graduate Classes” in the Journal of Negro Education.  

Dr. Duncan has spent a large portion of her professional life in the field of psychotherapy beginning at Texas A&M University as a counseling psychologist after receiving her doctoral degree.  She has given numerous presentations and workshops on a variety of topics in mental health, male/female relationships, diversity, multiculturalism, and most recently, mental health issues in the African American community and the COVID-19 pandemic.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor, and a licensed supervisor for LPC’s.  She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research Association of Minority Professors.   

Dr. Duncan has written three grants totaling $3,000,000 for the development of a Women’s Center at PVAMU, to obtain accreditation for Student Counseling Services, and a Panthers Offer Women Everywhere Respect (P.O.W.E.R.) Upgrant, which aimed at training men to treat women with respect and not engage in sexual violence especially during Red Zone periods.  Dr. Duncan sits on five dissertation committees and is the President Emeritus of the Texas University Counseling Center Directors Association (TUCCDA). In addition to being the primary advisor of a major student organization on the PVAMU campus, Dr. Duncan is a member of the inaugural R.I.S.E. Leadership Cohort comprised of upper level leaders at PVAMU.  She strongly believes in giving back to the community and lifting up those in need. 


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