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DR. PERNELLA DEAMS


What does it mean to be a Southernite?

Southern University has molded a desire within me for life-long learning; I am honored to be product of an environment that nurtures scholarship.

Dr. Pernella's Bio:

Dr. Pernella Rowena Deams is an academic administrator, currently serving in the role of Dean of Student Leadership, Conduct, and Health at Kentucky State University. She previously served in the role of Department Chair/Associate Professor of Psychology at Talladega College, in Talladega, Alabama and Department Head/Associate Professor of Sociology & Psychology at Grambling State University, in Grambling, Louisiana. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge), completing Bachelor of Science degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. Her Master of Science degree was completed in the CACREP-Accredited Program in Counseling Psychology at University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg). Dr. Deams earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in the APA-Accredited Program in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University (Nashville).


Her clinical education includes internships at Vanderbilt University Psychological and Counseling Center, Vanderbilt Adult Psychiatry Center, and University of Memphis Center for Counseling, Learning, and Testing. As a life-long learner, she recently completed the Women In Education Leadership Program through the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)/American Council on Education (ACE) endorsed Certification in Effective College Instruction, with a concentration in Career Guidance and Readiness, and participated in the New York University Faculty Resource Network Summer Seminar, Violent Energies: Extractivism and Women’s Struggles in the Americas. Pernella Deams is a Fellow of the Iota Cohort of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation, Leadership Institute.