"I hold many fond memories of my time at The Citadel. The graduate program and its faculty solidified my commitment to advance professionally in the counseling field. Getting married at Summerall Chapel marks a special place in my heart for The Citadel." – Ericka Stricklin-Parker, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical psychologist
The Masters degree in Community Counseling was considered to be a “terminal” degree during its existence at The Citadel. Earning this degree in 1995 was only a midpoint in the academic career of Ericka Stricklin-Parker, who went on to become the first African American woman graduate of the Community Counseling program to receive her doctoral degree.
Dr. Stricklin-Parker earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia in Psychology and Afro-American Studies, her M.Ed. from The Citadel, and her M.S. and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She returned to Charleston and started a private practice in 2006. In addition to seeing clients privately, Dr. Stricklin-Parker consults with several organizations, including SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department Disability Determination Services and the Diocese of Charleston Office of the Tribunal.
While at The Citadel, Dr. Stricklin-Parker demonstrated her leadership qualities in a number of ways. At the request of the Dean of the Graduate School and President Watts, she represented the graduate students by delivering the address at Fall Convocation. She was a founding member of the Graduate Student Association and assisted with choosing the design for the graduate student class ring.
Dr. Stricklin-Parker is active in a number of community organizations. She is a Member of The Links, Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America (Recording Secretary). She served on the Board of Directors of My Sister’s House for four years.
Dr. Stricklin-Parker was married in Summerall Chapel the same week that she earned her masters degree. Her husband is a Citadel alumnus (BS and MBA) and retired Marine Corps Officer. They are the proud parents of two children.
Dr. Ericka Stricklin-Parker (2014). Personal communication