A look into the lives of GHC staff: Psychology Professor Elizabeth Dose

Elizabeth Dose teaches at GHC. Photo contributed by Georgia Highlands College

Dr. Elizabeth Dose is a psychology professor for GHC.
In 2001, Dose earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Southern California University. Her forensic experience began in 1998 as a contracter with the Department of Corrections, providing outpatient Substance Abuse and Sex Offender Treatment.
Since that time, Dose has been in private practice and has had the opportunity to work with every population from the mundane to the insane—the narcissistic personality to the schizophrenic. Dose also serves as an Independent Contractor with the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Independent Review Police Authority.
“I was led into the field to better understand my family, of course. I was drawn to Vet Medicine as well as Psychology. There were more open doors in psychology, and in all honesty, this was my natural talent—understanding human nature. Do what comes naturally and one will never have to work a day in their life,” said Dose.
Dose spent 15 years teaching with the Daytona State College and several years with the University of Central Florida. In 2013, a move was made to North Georgia where Dose joined the faculty at Georgia Highlands College. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dose continues her private practice and consultation work.
Dose says her favorite psychology related pastime is “examining forensic cases, to include homicides and cold cases. I also enjoy diagnostic evaluations, particularly with those experiencing psychosis.”
However, outside of psychology, Dose enjoys vacation planning, “I adore envisioning hotel stays, the prospect of trying new foods and becoming something new in the process. The planning is quite relaxing to me. Even if I’m grounded with COVID, the mental vacation is a wondrous neural transport.”
To psychology graduates entering the workplace, Dose said, “My strongest recommendations would be to examine your transferable skills. While you may not have much field experience, you more often have transferrable talents for empathy, research, writing, cultural understanding and a passion to help others.
Secondly, I recommend that students contact various organizations and ask to interview in advance for any upcoming positions. This demonstrates initiative and purpose. Thirdly, be sure to build rapport with your professors now so that they happily provide you with a letter of recommendation later.”