From the Office of the Vice President of the University of Alabama;
“Dr. Perez comes to UA from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he has served as director of the Counseling Center since 2005. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he spearheaded new initiatives for alcohol abuse and recovery, suicide education and prevention, and peer counseling that have made lasting footprints at the institution. Most recently, Dr. Perez and his team have earned recognition for their implementation of Tech Ends Suicide Together, a zero suicide project on their campus. Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, he served as a clinical services director and adjunct professor at both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

Dr. Perez earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and theology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College. He received a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He currently holds licensure as a psychologist and National Register Health Service Provider in Psychology in Florida and Georgia. Throughout his career, Dr. Perez has been a recognized scholar and lecturer in the mental health community and has held a number of high ranking leadership positions in professional health organizations. He was recognized as a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2013 and as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008.

Dr. Perez presents a robust research background in the fields of counseling psychology, management strategies, intervention programming, racial and gender identities, as well as inclusivity in mental health. His student development experience at comparable institutions offers innumerable opportunities for advancing our strategic priorities within the Division of Student Life. I am confident that he possesses the leadership, vision, and energy necessary to bring partners together from inside the Division and across the campus community to realize our vision of positioning UA as a national leader in college behavioral health.”

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