Belinda Wilkerson, MA School Counseling, 1981

Belinda Wilkerson received a B.A in Secondary Education / History from Rhode Island College. She taught social studies at East Providence High School and then 7th grade Geography and History for 20 years at Edward R. Martin Middle School in 1976. She joined the guidance and counseling department at the high school and, in 1981, earned a Master's degree in School Counseling from RIC.

Wilkerson's interest in counseling led her to the Educational Leadership program at Johnson & Wales University where in 2010 she earned her Ph.D. In 2004, she received the Rhode Island School Counselor of the Year award. She began teaching the Career Information course in the Counselor Education program at Providence College and in 2004 became the Counselor-in-Residence for the Rhode Island School Counseling Project at the College. This gave her the opportunity to work with school counselors and community organizations to implement comprehensive school counseling programs statewide. In 2007, in recognition of her work directing the Rhode Island School Counseling Project, Dr. Wilkerson received the American School Counselor Association's Counseling Director/Coordinator of the Year award. Currently, she serves as the chairperson of the Cumberland County (NC) Community Coalition for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse for the Child Advocacy Center. In the future she hopes to open her own business as an independent educational consultant, working with middle school and high school students and their families in the transition to post secondary options.