Wayne Perry, PhD

Core Faculty, Clinical Training, School of Marriage and Family Therapy

wperry@ncu.eduWayne Perry

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adlerian therapy
  • Military family life
  • Pastoral psychotherapy
  • MFT supervision, especially online supervision
  • Professional identity development


  • Ph.D., Amridge University
  • D. Min., Emory University
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in M.F.T., Valdosta State University
  • Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • B.A. (psychology), Campbell University


  • Education for responsibility: A chaplain’s role in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. 
  • Constructing professional identity through an online community: Distance supervision in a graduate counseling and a graduate marriage and family therapy program. 

Selected Publications: 

  • Learning to talk sheep: Understanding those you lead, Cleveland: Pilgrim Press (2009)
  • Basic counseling techniques: A beginning therapist’s toolkit (2nd Ed.), Bloomington, IN: Author House (2008)
  • Constructing professional identity in an online graduate clinical training program: Possibilities for online supervision, Journal of Systemic Therapies, (2012)
  • Marks of an excellent congregation: A grounded theory study of 15 United Methodist congregations,  Amridge University Press (2013)

Selected Professional Experience: 

  • Alabama Division President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Full Professor and Clinical Training Director, Amridge University
  • Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Chaplain, United States Air Force; Graduated with distinction from the USAF Air War College.
  • Site Visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
  • Site Visitor, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS).
  • Peer reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy 

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