Alumnae Spotlight

Adria  Toliver

Adria Toliver '08


Adria Toliver graduated from Agnes Scott in 2008 with a Psychology major and Women's Studies minor. She is originally from and currently lives in Dallas, Texas. After Agnes Scott she earned a MS and PhD from the University of Texas-Arlington in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology. She currently works as AT&T as a Senior Psychologist. For her, the best thing about attending Agnes Scott College was the sense of empowerment it instilled in her and the sense that she can literally do anything she wants to do; she feels there is nothing she cannot accomplish. The second best thing is the life-long friendships she developed. Her favorite experience in the department was Dr. Coleman Brown's senior seminar course because it was a great culmination of everything she had learned, as well as preparation for her post-college life/career. She traveled abroad to Perth, Western Australia while she was at Agnes Scott and her defining moment was when she overcame her fears and went rock climbing and rappelling. Also, while she was at Agnes Scott she worked on research in Dr. Hughes’ lab and presented several research papers at two of the Southeastern Psychological Association conferences. She currently is a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor at Kimball High School. In addition to working at AT&T, she is an adjunct faculty member at The Art Institute of Dallas and a lecturer at UT-Arlington. She tells people that when she was a freshman in high school, she did not imagine herself attending a "girl's school," but after learning about and attending Agnes Scott, she fully believes in the power of and need for women's institutions. Her photo was taken at work.