Betty Shannon-Prevatt wearing a black shirt with maroon blazer.

Betty-Shannon Prevatt

Assistant Professor, Psychology


104 Ledford

(919) 760-8416


An alumna of Meredith College (’99), Dr. Prevatt has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from East Carolina University and a Ph.D. in psychology from NC State University. After working in several different settings, she opened a private practice with a specialization in reproductive mental health and worked primarily with people experiencing infertility and perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Prevatt was prompted to pursue her PhD by two factors: 1) she realized her passion for teaching undergraduate students while working as an adjunct professor at Meredith, and 2) she discovered an interest in research when her clinical work in the community necessitated an empirical examination. Dr. Prevatt’s current research interests focus on developing evidence-based interventions for improving maternal mental health. She is particularly interested in examining the needs and experiences of mothers who belong to marginalized groups. Her research has been highlighted by NPR and cited in Vogue magazine. Currently, she is the co-Primary Investigator of the Advancing Insight into Maternal Social Support (AIMSS) study, an NIMH funded project. See her CV for more information.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Psychology, 2018; North Carolina State University
MA in Clinical Psychology, 2001, East Carolina University

Professional Credentials

Licensed Psychological Associate, NCLPA #2425


Advancing Insight into Maternal Social Support (AIMSS) – NIMH funded project Co-Principal Investigator, June 2021 – present


Pauline Davis Perry Award for Research, Publication, or Artistic Achievement  –  Meredith College, 2021-2022
Ida H. Friday Faculty Award – Meredith College, 2020-2021
Scholarly Activity Award – School of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Meredith College, Spring 2019
Scholarly Productivity Grant – Faculty Development and Instructional Tech Committee, Meredith College, 2019
Travel Grant – School of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Meredith College, Fall 2018
Phi Kappa Phi – NCSU, 2018


Prevatt, B.-S., & Norcross, P. L. (2023, Feb. 6). Op-ed: Balancing self-care with accountability. Inside Higher Ed.

Prevatt, B.-S., Perkins, H., & Nance, A. (2021). Psychology today: A project to increase diversity in psychology curriculum. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology7(4), 288–300.

Prevatt, B.-S., Lowder, E. M., Desmarais, S. L. (2018). Peer-support intervention for postpartum depression: Participant satisfaction and program effectiveness. Midwifery, 64, 38-47. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.05.009

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