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Argosy University, Atlanta Instructor Discusses Olympic Swimmer in the News

Dr. Melinda Paige, assistant professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta, was recently featured in Palm Beach Post. She discussed the news story of Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte, who was accused of fabricating a story about being robbed in Brazil. Lochte has since apologized for his actions.

Dr. Paige said she isn’t surprised that the swimmers weren’t honest with authorities. “People typically lie under stress,” said Dr. Paige. “When in fear, people lie.” In this case, Dr. Paige said the swimmers were likely concerned about protecting what’s most important to them. Those awkward situations, Paige says, might trigger stress, which impacts the brain’s limbic system which “is programmed for survival and survival means protecting what really matters to him, like public perception.”

Dr. Paige is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, and national certified counselor, serving as a trauma counselor for the last 18 years. Dr. Paige's research interests include human behaviors, trauma therapist development and trauma mental health competency. Dr. Paige was the recipient of the 2014 Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Outstanding Practitioner Award. Dr. Paige has published and presented on self-injury, trauma, and vicarious traumatization.

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