Sarah Garrison

Sarah Garrison, Davis & Elkins College

Sarah Garrison
Chair, Division of Social Science; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Location: Albert Hall 101
Phone: 304-637-1432


  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A. Psychology and Women's Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V.a


Garrison brings a wealth of teaching and clinical experience to Davis & Elkins. Before coming to D&E, she was an instructor and the director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Mississippi and an approved supervisor. She has served as the Mississippi delegate for the Association of Marital and Family Regulatory Boards since 2011, and in 2011 she was appointed by the governor of Mississippi to serve on the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. While on this Board, she served as chair of the Marriage and Family Therapy Discipline Specific Committee.

In addition, she has served as the evaluator of two multi-million dollar grants: The Community Outreach Stroke Education and Awareness Project and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School project. She has served as co-project investigator for two grants through the University of Southern Mississippi and nine grants through the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. From 2007 to 2009, she held the position of assistant director of Alcohol and Drug Services for Region 8 Mental Health Center, a community mental health center in Mississippi serving a four-county region.

Teaching Areas: 

  • Life Span Development
  • Psychological Research and Statistics
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Adolescent Development
  • Principles of Case Management

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

Garrison’s areas of specialty include student success and retention initiatives, marriage and family relations, marriage and family therapy theories, ethical practice, and addiction in the family system.