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Lacey Sawyers

Teaching Assistant Professor

Professional Highlights

  • EMDR trained therapist specializing in the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders
  • Special interest in teaching/treating Appalachian issues including generational trauma, systemic oppression, and substance use disorders


  • M.A., Counseling, West Virginia University
  • B.A., Psychology, West Virginia University

Areas of Expertise

  • Appalachian Issues
  • Trauma and Addiction
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Mental Health


  • EMDR Trained

Biographical Sketch

Lacey is a West Virginia native who has a passion for serving Appalachian folks. She has completed all of her degrees at West Virginia University. Lacey has worked as a therapist in the community since 2020, and she is currently a trained EMDR therapist specializing in trauma and addiction in Morgantown.

She enjoys offering students unique experiences and stories aimed towards helping to increase compassion and decrease stigma towards individuals with substance use disorders. She believes compassion and connection are the first steps towards change, and therefore values creating a safe space in the classroom.