As a school psychologist, Dr. Whatley conducted psycho-educational and developmental assessments for special education purposes. She consulted regularly with general and special education teachers, counselors, parents and administrators regarding children and adolescents academic and behavioral challenges; mentored children and adolescents; and provide parenting workshops at individual schools.
Dr. Jillian Whatley attended Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where she received her B.S in Education. She continued her education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received her M.S. in Education. She attended Gallaudet University in Washington, DC to obtain a M.A in Developmental Psychology and a Specialist degree in School Psychologist, both with an emphasis in deafness. Dr. Jillian Whatley also uses American Sign Language and graduated with her doctorate in May 2018.
Also, Dr. Whatley is an adjunct professor in the Social Science Department at Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State University. Also, she is an external reviewer for AdvancEd and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which focuses on Accreditation of school districts and school improvement.
Her research interests include over-representation of minority males in special education, resiliency factors in at risk youth, bias in education and culturally responsive assessment methods, implicit bias of Multi-disciplinary teams, emotional intelligence, maternal/ child health, early child hood education and development, and neuropsychology of learning disabilities and emotional/ behavioral disturbances. Her teaching interests include: leadership theories, psychology of leadership, human motivation and leadership, school and community relations and gender issues in leadership.
Dr. Whatley is the founder of Lissie’s Voice, Inc. Lissie’s Voice, Inc. helps parents understand themselves spiritually as parental units in order for children to be spiritually, psychologically and emotionally healthy.