Christal Carmichael received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from North Carolina Central University. She also attended the graduate program at East Carolina University for Substance Abuse Counseling which resulted in Licensure as a Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate.
As an undergraduate student, she participated in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, a program that encouraged and provided opportunities and resources for students to conduct research and pursue a doctorate degree. She was a member of the Nixon -Thorpe Psychology Club and also served as Miss Freshman, Miss Psychology and reigned as Miss North Carolina Central University. Her civic organizations include: a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Triangle Down Syndrome Network, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Board member and Community Relations Chair of the Board and a Life member of NAACP. She is also a member of Psi Chi Honor Society as well as the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.
Although her wonderful husband and two children are her number one priority, she enjoys reading, traveling, fashion, playing tennis, bowling, skating, running half marathons and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. Carmichael is Founder and CEO of Better Communities, a mental health treatment facility, with seven locations in Knightdale, Fayetteville, Fuquay Varina, Kinston, Morehead City, Roanoke Rapids and Goldsboro, NC.
Her areas of interest include substance abuse, family based therapy, higher education and public health.
She has a faculty appointment at North Carolina Central University in the area of Psychology and is involved in the online course development via Distance Education. She also teaches Psychology at other Universities across the state.