Faculty & Staff Profile

Debra Cobia

Debra Cobia, Ed. D.

Associate Dean for Assessment and Research , Professor

Phone: 678-839-6119 | Fax: 678-839-6098

Email:  dcobia@westga.edu

Office: Education Center 102 A

Hours: 8:00 - 5:00pm


Dr. Debra C. Cobia is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Research in the College of Education, and Professor and Director of the Professional Counseling and Supervision doctoral degree program in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies. She teaches graduate courses in program evaluation and directs doctoral research. Her scholarly program falls under the broad umbrella of Professional Issues in Counselor Education with emphases in the preparation and practices of counselors, counselor educators, and counselor supervisors. She is nationally recognized for her contributions to the field in the area of assessment in counselor education. For example, she has several publications, both invited and peer reviewed, about the use of portfolios in assessing counseling candidates performance. She is the co-author of a textbook used in school counseling specialty preparation courses. Prior to her appointment at UWG in 2009, Dr. Cobia was a professor of counselor education at Auburn University where she is now Professor Emerita.


  • B.S., Early Childhood Education, Auburn University, 1976
  • M.Ed., Behavior Disorders/Emotional Disturbance, West Georgia College, 1979
  • Ed.S., Counseling and Guidance, West Georgia College, 1983
  • Ed.D., Counselor Education minor in Educational Psychology [CACREP accredited], The University of Alabama, 1990

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • CEPD-9186 (Doctoral Internship)    
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation)    
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation)    

Selected Publications

  • Hartline, J.*, & Cobia, D. (2012). School counselors: Closing Achievement gaps and writing results reports. Professional School Counseling, 16, 71-79.