Dr. Howland holds an indispensable position as clinical psychologist and co-coordinator of the Optimal Performance and Support Team (OPS Team). She conducts numerous consultations with Auburn student-athletes covering a wide genre of issues such as performance enhancement, injury rehabilitation, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family adjustment issues, relationship and motivational concerns. In addition to her duties at Auburn, she is in private practice and a partner with Clinical Psychologists, PC (www.clinicalpsychauburn.com).
Dr. Howland graduated from Auburn University with a variety of degrees including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Development with an emphasis in medical social work (1974), Master of Science Degree in Marital and Family Therapy (1982), and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1989). At Central Missouri State University she added an additional Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1978.
Prior to her position at Auburn, Dr. Howland served as Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences with the Columbus Family Practice Residency Program in Columbus, GA.
An Auburn University Outstanding Woman Graduate, her positive contributions to the university and the city of Auburn were rewarded in 1994 when she was recognized by the School of Human Sciences as their Distinguished Alumna of the Year.
Her most recent presentations include: "Stress Management for Collegiate Athletes", "Developing Sports Psychology Within Psychology Practice", "Treating Eating Disorders with Athletes and Non-Athletes", "Couple Therapy for Strengthening Marriages," "Blueprint for Healthy Relationships," and "How to Manage Stress for Pre-Tenured Faculty."
Dr. Howland holds professional memberships and affiliations in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology; Alabama Psychological Association; American Psychological Association (Divisions of Health Psychology; Exercise and Sport Psychology; Psychology of Women); and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.