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Brenda Dial Deese, PhD (Lumbee Tribe)

Project Site Coordinator, Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth

Dr. Brenda Dial Deese (Lumbee Tribe) is a resident of Pembroke, North Carolina. Currently, she serves as an educational and developmental consultant for multiple projects in research and community collaboration.  She is Project Site Coordinator for the Community Based Research Project, Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth.  She is also adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina in the School of Education and Liberty University (Virginia) in the Center for Counseling and Family Studies. In the recent past, July 2014, she retired from the position of Director for Student Services in the Public Schools of Robeson County, a large rural public education school district.  She has also served in the positions of Coordinator for First Americans Teacher Education and worked in TRIO~Student Support Services at UNCP. She holds a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Counselor Education from North Carolina State University.  She is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselors’ Supervisor (NCLPC-S) and North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (NCLPC).  Her dissertation research grounded theory concerning Southeastern Indians’ worldview and constructed a framework for cultural values, beliefs, and identity. She earned certification in Administration and Supervision (University of NC –Pembroke), a master’s degree in School Counseling (Campbell University) and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (University of NCPembroke).