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Ariel Shivers-McGrew

Adjunct Professor
Online Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


A published author, certified counselor, mental health advocate, entrepreneur, and military Reservist, Ariel possesses the ability to show up with authenticity, vulnerability, and courage. Her unrelenting passion and commitment to empower others to drive important social initiatives forward with agility and focus make her a sought-after leader in many arenas. As the Founder of Tactful Disruption®, Ariel is a scholarly practitioner who is on a mission to “boldly edit workplace italics.”

Ariel is a PhD Candidate in Business Psychology and holds a master’s in arts in Clinical Mental Health counseling. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), and a certified nonprofit professional (CNP). She is certified in Workforce Trends and Equity, and Nonprofit Leadership, Non-profit Leadership Alliance ™, GrowthWheel Advisor, GrowthWheel Inc©, High Impact Presenter, Gale Carnegie®, Certified Peer Specialist, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ™, Mental Health and First Aid, Mental Health FirstAid England ™.