Dr. Leon Desecottier

Professor/Chair: School of Behavioral Science and Counseling

Video: Meet Dr. Desecottier
Phone: 405-692-3162
Email: [email protected]

The path to anything is a process that includes life events as well as academic requirements for a particular profession. I was met with and successfully overcame a great deal of adversity growing up and came to believe the expression “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” With that expression, I also came to know that with God all things are possible. My strengths have always included my Faith. Needing funding for college, I entered the United States Air Force, however, broke my neck in an accident resulting in a full honorable discharge-medical. Following recovery, I entered into what would be a lifetime of learning in college leading to a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Developmental Psychology, and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. 

Along these paths, I quickly learned to take advantage of all opportunities. I first became certified as a Public School Teacher and then as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, a National Board Certified Counselor, A Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and an Internally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I knew that if I were to help more people, I had to gain knowledge and skill as well to develop the characteristics needed for others to allow me into their lives. 

My journey did not begin with academics, it actually began in the business field which was the ship that would take me into the professional psychology field. I first taught at Texas Tech University, South Plains College on the Reese United States Air Force Base in Levelland, Texas, and then came to Oklahoma to teach psychology for the Oklahoma Regional University System. I retired from this position in 2011 and possess the title of Professor Emeritus. However, God was not finished with me and He brought me to Mid-America Christian University where today I hold the position of Chair of the School of Behavioral Science and Counseling. I have been here, now, for 10 years. The greatest joy in my life is when God uses me to continue His work here and see the growth of students as they go into the world.