Alumna Dr. Thommi Lawson Receives Award from National Board for Certified Counselors


ATLANTA – Mercer University alumna Dr. Thommi Lawson, LPC, NCC, was recently awarded the 2017 Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Training Award by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation. 

Only one recipient is selected per year for the ACS Award, which is intended to advance the professional identity and development of counselors throughout the nation ensuring the highest standards of clinical practice for the counseling profession.

A triple Bear, Dr. Lawson earned her Bachelor of Arts in accounting in 1995 from Mercer's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, as well as her Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling in 2012 and her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision in 2015, both from Mercer's Penfield College. 

Dr. Lawson is currently a core faculty member at Webster University at Myrtle Beach, where her research focuses on improving the academic and psychosocial outcomes of non-traditional post-secondary students and aims to reform service delivery models that attract, support and retain non-traditional students to achieve academic success.

NBCC is a not-for-profit, independent certification organization formed in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification, and to maintain a register of those counselors. As NBCC has grown, its divisions and affiliates have taken on additional responsibilities to advance the counseling profession and enhance mental health worldwide.

Today, there are more than 63,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in more than 40 countries who have voluntarily met high national standards set by the counseling profession. For more information, visit

About Penfield College of Mercer University

Penfield College of Mercer University, established as the College of Continuing and Professional Studies in 2003, is committed to serving non-traditional learners and currently enrolls more than 1,300 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to working adult learners seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Educational programs provide students with distinctive, multidisciplinary programs that integrate theory and practice. The College offers general education and elective courses for various colleges and schools at Mercer. Another initiative called the Bridge program transitions students enrolled in Mercer's English Language Institute and other international students to undergraduate programs throughout the University. Areas of study include organizational leadership, counseling, human services, human resources, informatics, criminal justice leadership, nursing preparation, liberal studies, psychology, communication, homeland security and emergency management, and healthcare leadership. Programs are offered on Mercer's campuses in Atlanta and Macon, as well as multiple regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County and Newnan, and online. To learn more, visit