Heather Atkinson

Undergraduate Studies Adviser
Hometown: 
West Melbourne, FL and Austin, TX
Education: 
B.S. in Psychology, Texas Lutheran University
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Penn State
Penn Stater since: 
2010
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. - Thoreau

I have multiple pets - My dog, Skyler, is happiest while hiking the mountains that surround Happy Valley. My fish tank is full of ember tetras, zebrafish, and zebra nerite snails.

My favorite places I have traveled to are Scotland and Ireland. I was able to visit where my father was born, see where my grandparents are from, and meet a lot of relatives for the first time.

The most unusual thing in my office is a quirky, yellow coin bank. Feel free to ask me about the story behind it.

My childhood nickname was Shortie. I did not like being the tallest person in my class.

My favorite job growing up was being a YMCA lifeguard in the summers.

In my spare time I enjoy playing with Skyler, listening to live music, being near/in/on the water, hiking, trail running, gardening, learning new things, and adventuring.

If I could only listen to one band the rest of my life it would be James Taylor.


Academic Adviser Heather Atkinson