Dr. Leah Herod loves chocolate, traveling, photography, and children. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University. From there, she opened a private practice in Alabama and specialized in behavioral disorders. She has an interest in other cultures, and has lived and worked abroad, traveling to over 30 countries. She has served in psychological, educational, and evangelistic missions to countries such as Egypt, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Brazil, Jamaica, Singapore, Thailand, and Kuwait. In 2003, she came to CIU to obtain a certificate in Biblical Studies. From 2004 to 2011, she was the Director of Internship Sites for the clinical counseling students. In 2011, she transitioned to her current position of Director of Professional Relations. She currently teaches in the College of Counseling as a resident faculty member.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Clinical Work in Alabama and South Carolina 1992-1998; Licensed Psychologist, Child and Family Services of Southeast Alabama, Dothan, Alabama 1999-2001, 2003; Adjunct Psychologist, Ramsay Youth Services, Dothan, Alabama, 2000-2001; Clinical Director, Chrysalis, A Home for Girls, Dothan, Alabama, 2000-2001; Short-term Missionary, Ethiopia, 2001; Psychologist-Short-term Missionary, Brazil, 2001; Teacher/Psychologist/Missionary in Egypt 2001-2002; Short-term Missionary/Psychologist in Liberia, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Egypt, 2003; Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University, 2005; Director of Internship Sites and Adjunct Faculty, 2004-11; Director of Professional Relations and Adjunct Faculty, Columbia International University, 2011-present.
Payne, H. I. & Herod, L. (2016). Fourth Culture Kids (4CK). Manuscript in Preparation.
Bolte, M., Herod, L., Edwards, L., Mallard, A. &, Rose, R. (2015). Innovations in client outcome measures as demonstrated through Columbia International University’s on campus Personal Enrichment Program, Poster Presentation for the 9th Annual USC Counseling Conference.
Herod, L., & Payne, H. I. (2013). The journey of cross-cultural counseling. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Healing for Hurting Hearts: A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis (pp. 201-217). Ft. Washington, PA: CLC Publications.
Herod, L. (2013). Principles for group counseling. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Healing for Hurting Hearts: A Handbook for Counseling Children and Youth in Crisis (pp. 127-143). Ft. Washington, PA: CLC Publications.
Herod, L., & Payne, H.I. (2013, Sept. 20). Special Needs Children Need to be Special Somewhere Else. Fourth Culture Kids (4CK): A Hidden People Group? North American Mission Leaders Conference, (STAND), Dallas, TX.
Payne, H.I., & Herod, L.A. (2013, March 8). Understanding Fourth Culture Kids: What happens when you add the world of special needs to Third Culture Kids?” Southeast Regional Missiological Society Conference, Columbia, SC.
Herod, L.A. (2012, February 18). Tips from the Road: Cross-Cultural Counseling. Chi Sigma Iota conference, “For the Love of Counseling: Serving Clients Ethically and Competently, ” University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Payne, H.I, & Herod, L.A. (2011, November 18). (Almost) Everything You Never Knew You Should Have Asked About Learning Disabilities: A Simple Model of Learning Disabilities. Workshop Session (1.5 hours), Mental Health and Missions Conference, Angola, Indiana.
Barbian, T., Herod, L., Kilbourn, P., & Morgan, D. (2010, June 4) When the Bough Breaks: Crisis and Trauma Supervision – Panel Discussion. Continuing Education Conference for Counseling Internship Supervisors, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC.
Herod, L. A. (2008, October 3). Group Experiential Techniques: Plan and Execution. Workshop for Licensed Counselors at Palmetto Health Baptist Counseling Center. Ridgeway, South Carolina.
Herod, L. A., & Tampubolon, A. (2007, June). Group Therapy: Application of a Structured Group Format with Tsunami Survivors. Workshop with Counselor Trainees. Aceh, Indonesia.
Herod, L.A. (2007, April). Counseling with Clients of a Different Faith – Considerations and Cautions. Refuge Egypt, Cairo, Egypt.
Parlato, D. and Herod, L.A. (2006, April). Challenges in Teams: Working for Yourself versus Working for the Team - A Case Study with Spiritual Applications. Presentation and debriefing with three short-term teams. Bethel Christian Camp, Gaston, South Carolina.
Herod, L.A., Parlato, D., and Watts, C.M. (2006, February). Team Dynamics: Leadership Responsibility (Ethics) versus Personal Relationships. Presentation for counselors at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina.
Herod, L.A. (2004). Sense of Community and Spontaneous Prayer: A Study of Graduate/Seminary Students at a Christian University. Unpublished Manuscript.
Herod, L.A. (2004, May). Sense of Community among Graduate Students at CIU - Research Results. Presentation at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina.
Cook, N. and Herod, L.A. (2004). Strangers in a Strange Land. Unpublished document.
Herod, L.A. and Cook, N. (2004). Cross Cultural Work: Teaching People to Fish. Unpublished Manuscript.
Herod, L.A. (2003, November). Basic Behavior Management. Overview of basic parenting techniques given to M.O.PS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group on two occasions in Rock Hill, S.C.
Herod, L.A. (2002, September and October). Basic Behavior Management. Three session workshop for parents, teachers, and caretakers, Enterprise, AL.
Herod, L.A. (2002, January). Managing Behavior in the Classroom. Presentation at the African Hope Learning Center for Displaced Children, Cairo, Egypt.
Cook, N. and Herod, L.A. (2002). Let Me Tell You a Story: A Group with Sudanese Children. Treatment manual. Unpublished document.
Herod, L.A., and Dismukes, R. (2000, October). Externalizing Behaviors: The art of managing behavior - A conceptual model providing linkage from assessment through treatment. Presentation at the Fourth Annual Wiregreass Area Conference on Behavior and Learning Disorders of Childhood, Dothan, AL.
Shapiro, S.K., Buckhalt, J.A., and Herod, L.A. (1995). Evaluation of learning disabled students with the Differential Ability Scales. Journal of School Psychology, 33, 247-263.
Herod, L.A., and Shapiro, S.K. (1994, November). SCAN and auditory vigilance test performance in ADHD children. Poster session presented at the 1994 American Speech, Hearing and Language Association (ASHA) Annual convention, New Orleans, LA.
Herod, L.A., and Shapiro, S.K. (1994, April). Combining visual and auditory tasks in the assessment of ADHD. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
Shapiro, S.K., and Herod, L.A. (1994). Combining visual and auditory tasks in the assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In D.K. Routh (Ed.), Disruptive Behaviors in Childhood (pp. 87-107). New York: Plenum.