Dr. Lydia Odenat is a licensed psychologist and educator who specializes in anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder, complex trauma). She earned her BA in Psychology from Florida State University in 2001, an MPH in the Behavioral Sciences from Emory University in 2005, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University in 2012. Dr. Odenat completed her postdoctoral psychology training in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. She is the co-founder of Carrefour of Atlanta: Psychological Health Institute (CAPHI), an Atlanta-based private practice committed to providing evidence-based psychological treatments to individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Prior to joining the faculty at KSU, Dr. Odenat held a part-time faculty position at Spelman College in the department of psychology, where she taught Trauma Psychology and Research Methods.
Dr. Odenat’s primary teaching and research interests include trauma disorders among vulnerable populations (i.e., ethnic minorities, refugee torture survivors, military veterans), the integration of mindfulness practice into psychotherapy, and the development of culturally-appropriate psychological screeners in international settings. She has also worked in public health research, where she investigated the social determinants of chronic disease, interpersonal violence, and STD/STI prevention.