Lifelong Learner Award

Congratulations, Stevie Stigler!

University Health Center

Stevie's nominator wrote the following:

"Stevie Stigler, LPC began at CAPS in 2013 as a full-time therapist. Within two years of starting, Ms. Stigler's enthusiasm and incredible clinical skills afforded her the opportunity to become an embedded therapist at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Initially, her primary function was to provide individual counseling to Veterinary students. However, the role quickly expanded given Ms. Stigler’s expertise, her enthusiasm to engage and collaborate with faculty/staff, and the school’s confidence in her. Ms. Stigler was invited to join the Wellness Committee, frequent asked to facilitate trainings to students and faculty/staff, and frequently utilized for consultations. Ms. Stigler was one of the primary contributors to the development of a wellness culture at the Vet School which led to the Bulldawg Support Network, a community of faculty committed to supporting student wellness. Ms. Stigler was integral in the evolution of the Vet School into a wellness-focused environment and the school continues to perceive her as a clinical expert. I believe the request for a 2nd embedded CAPS therapist was due to the incredible road paved by Ms. Stigler. 


During her five years as an embedded therapist at the Vet School, Ms. Stigler immersed herself in reading literature and continuing her education specifically related to the veterinary medicine population. She developed clinical expertise in the following areas:

  • Personality Types (Type A, Perfectionistic, Identity, Alexithymia, Moral sensitivity)
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Moral Stress/Ethical Dilemmas/Emotional Labor (i.e. inability to provide necessary medical care due to owner’s preference)
  • Grief/Loss (Euthanasia); studies have shown the correlation between high rates of anxiety and depression and prolonged exposure to animal euthanasia
  • Veterinary School Culture (i.e. unique pressure/demands, lack of basic self-care, poor boundary setting) 


Ms. Stigler has been nationally recognized as a subject-matter expert as evidenced by presenting at the following conferences:

  • 2018 Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC); presented on Suicide Prevention
  • 2019 UGA CVM Symposium; presented on Stress & Anxiety and Microaggressions as well as created/coordinated the Wellness Rooms at the conference
  • This year, presented at the 2019 AVMA Veterinary Wellbeing Summit; Title: Transitioning Your Skills for Wellbeing:  From Vet School to Career


Ms. Stigler is an honorary member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and member of the Veterinary Mental Health Professionals (VMHP) group where they serve as leads of the Program Development committee. Ms. Stigler continues to impress me by her passion for the Vet Med population, her clinical expertise, and the respect she has gained in her field as well as at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Ms. Stigler is incredibly humble and would be beyond grateful if she won this award. She is one of the kindest, most compassionate, genuine people I know and combined with the extraordinary work she's done as a Vet Med Therapist is most deserving of this award."

Recipient: Individual

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This award recognizes an individual in the Division who has made an effort to invest in the growth of themselves and others through volunteer role(s) on campus, service to a regional or national organization, conference presentations, research or publication. This individual has positively represented UGA Student Affairs at a local, regional, or national level through their engagement in, and promotion of, lifelong learning and development.

Nominations will be evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Modeling an example of excellence for staff and students by serving in volunteer positions within a professional local, regional, or inter/national committee or board
  • Contributing to their field through leadership and/or volunteer role(s), conference presentations, or digital/print publications
  • Encouraging staff to represent UGA Student Affairs at the regional or national level
  • Nominee serves as a UGA Student Affairs staff member at time of nomination

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