Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, 1972. Bachelor in Psychology, Appalachian State University, 1974. Master of Arts in Counseling, Appalachian State University, 1975.
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling, University North Carolina, Greensboro, 1991.
Instructor psychology Surry Community College, Dobson, North Carolina, 1975-1987. Teaching and research assistant University North Carolina, 1987-1991. Assistant professor counseling Radford (Virginia) University, 1991-1995, associate professor, since 1995.
(Book by Purkey, William Watson, Stanley, Paula Helen)
Member American Counseling Association, VCA, AERA, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Alliance for Invitational Education (executive secretary 1988-1991, membership chairman since 1991), Chi Sigma Iota (fellow 1989).