Karla Lever, Ph.D.
LCMHCS, CEAP, Director of Employee Assistance Program - Atrium Health
Dr. Karla Lever is a behavioral health specialist and licensed therapist. She’s the director of the Employee Assistance Program at Atrium Health, offered to external employers and internal Atrium Health teammates, serving more than 180,000 lives. Dr. Lever earned both her doctorate in counselor education and her Educational Specialist Degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of South Carolina. She has worked extensively in mental health in inpatient and outpatient settings for nearly 20 years and has also performed adjunct duties for graduate programs in clinical mental health and school counseling. Dr. Lever has focused her recent research on compassion fatigue, outcome studies in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) setting and EAP viability. Her areas of interest and study are employee health and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on emotional intelligence and strategies to increase effective leadership teams.