• Nelson O. O. Zounlome

  • About Me

    Nelson O. O. Zounlome (he/him), Ph.D., is a first-generation college student, child of immigrants, and a published author. He is also a former McNair Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, Herman B. Wells Graduate Fellow, Counseling Psychologist, and Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. His program of research focuses on examining the impact of intersectional oppression on historically excluded groups  & creating culturally relevant interventions to enhance their well-being. Within this framework, he studies academic persistence and mental wellness to promote holistic healing among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). He earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology & Sociology, a Master's degree in Learning Science-Educational Psychology Track, and is a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. Nelson is dedicated to helping BIPOC communities liberate themselves and achieve their wildest dreams.

  • Education

    Indiana University | Bloomington, IN

     

    Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, APA-Accredited

    Indiana University- 2021

    Master of Education in Learning Sciences-Educational Psychology Track

    Indiana University-2018

    Bachelor of Arts

    Psychology with Honors -Major-2015

    Sociology -Major-2015

    Political Science- Minor - 2015

    Indiana University

  • Research

    Examining the impact of intersectional oppression on historically excluded groups & creating culturally relevant interventions to enhance their well-being

    • Academic Persistence
    • Mental Wellness
    • Promoting holistic healing among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

    Articles in Refereed Journals (10)

    Wong, Y. J., McDermott, R., Zounlome, N.O. O., Klann E. M., & Peterson, Z. (in press). Self-persuasion: An experimental evaluation of a sexual aggression preventive intervention for U.S. college men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
     

    Wong, Y. J., Granderson, R. M., Zounlome, N.O.O., McCullough, K.M., Hyman, J.E., Schwabe, S.B. (2020). The assessment of subjective masculine Norms in the United States. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. Advance online publication.http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/men0000254


    Zounlome, N.O. O., Wong, Y. J., David, J., Klann, E. M., & Stephens, N. (2019). ‘No one comes to save the Black girls…’: Black university women’s understanding of sexual violence. The Counseling Psychologist, 47, 873-908. doi:10.1177/0011000019893654


    Zounlome, N.O.O., Wong, Y. J., Klann, E. M., & David, J. L., (2019). ‘I’m seen as a sexual predator from saying hello’: Black mens’ perception of sexual violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/0886260519877942


    Zounlome, N. O. O., & Wong, Y. J. (2019). Addressing male-targeted university sexual aggression: An experimental evaluation of a social norms approach. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 20, 528-540. doi:10.1037/men0000181


    Wong, Y. J., Zounlome, N.O.O., Goodrich Mintz, N., & Murphy, E. (2019). You can do it! An experimental evaluation of an encouragement intervention for female students. Journal of Positive Psychology. doi:10.1080/17439760.2019.1651887


    Wilkins-Yel, K. G., Hyman, J., & Zounlome, N.O.O. (2019). Linking intersectional invisibility and hypervisibility to experiences of microaggressions among graduate women of color in STEM. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 113, 51-61. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2018.10.018


    Wright, L., Zounlome, N.O.O., & Whiston, S. (2018). The effectiveness of male-targeted sexual assault prevention programs: A meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi:10.1177/1524838018801330


    Wong, Y. J., Gabana, N. T., Zounlome, N. O. O., Mitts, N. G., & Lucas, M. (2017). Cognitive correlates of gratitude among prison inmates. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 208-211. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.11.043


    Dorsey, C. N., Marriott, B. R., Zounlome, N. O. O., & Lewis, C. (2016). Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2015: advancing efficient methodologies through community partnerships and team science: Seattle, WA, USA. September 2015. 11 (Suppl 1): A43. Implementation Science, 11, 1-38. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0428-0

    Refereed Book Chapters

    Cheng, J., Klann, E. M., Zounlome, N. O. O., & Chung, Y. B. (2017). Promoting affirmative career development and work environment for LGBT individuals. In J. G. Maree (Ed.), Psychology of career adaptability, employability and resilience. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

     

    Selected Refereed Presentations (40 Total)

    Zounlome, N.O.O., Wong, Y.J., Li, Y., Matthias., H. (2020). An experimental evaluation of a Black encouragement intervention for university students. Symposium presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.


    Zounlome, N.O.O., Baker, B. A., & Wilkins-Yel, K. G (2020). Development and validation of the Racial Stress Impact Scale. Symposium presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.


    Wong, Y. J., McDermott, R., Zounlome, N.O. O., Klann E. M., & Peterson, Z. (2020). An experimental evaluation of a sexual aggression preventive intervention. Symposium presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.


    Zounlome, N. O.O., Baker, B. A., Stroud, Q. G., Abegunde, M.E.H., (2020). Utilizing Black joy to promote Black liberation & radical healing. Roundtable presented at the 2020 Counseling Psychology Conference in, New Orleans, LA. (Conference canceled due to COVID-19).
     

    Baker, B. A., Wilkins-Yel, K. G., Zounlome, N. O. O., Myrtil, M. (2019, February). Racial battle fatigue: Implications for Black students in K-12 educational settings. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.


    Zounlome, N.O.O., Baker, B. A., Wilkins-Yel, K. G (2019, January). ‘You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated’: Advice on building resilience at a PWI. Poster presented at the National Multicultural Summit, Denver, CO.


    Baker, B. A., Zounlome, N.O.O., Wilkins-Yel, K. G (2019, January). ‘I am…drained’: Conceptualizing racial battle fatigue at predominately White institutions. Poster presented at the National Multicultural Summit, Denver, CO.


    Zounlome, N.O. O., Wilkins-Yel, K. G., Wang, L., Smith, S. L., Matthias, H., Anderson, C., Marimiriofa, C. (2018, August). Persisting through: Development and validation of the students of color resiliency scale. Poster presented at the 2018 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.


    Zounlome, N.O. O., Wong, Y. J., David, J., Klann, E. M., & Stephens, N. (2018, August). ‘I’m seen as a sexual predator from saying hello: Black males’ perception of sexual violence. Poster presented at the 2018 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.


    Heard, S. & Zounlome, N. O. O., Hewitt, A., Presseau, C., Anyiwo, N., Goodwill, J. R (2018, August). The state of Black boys and men---Using social justice to promote radical healing. Skill-building session presented at the 2018 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.


    Wilkins-Yel, K.G., Yel N., Zounlome, N. O. O., Lees, O., Barutcu-Yildirim, F., & Reed, A. (2018, August). The STEM Gender-Racial Microaggression Scale: Development, Validation, and Reliability. Poster presented at the 2018 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

     

    Zounlome, N. O. O., Klann, E. M., David, J., Stephens, N., & Wong, Y. J. (2017, August). ‘It’s a White woman's issue’: A qualitative analysis of African-American college student’s’ perceptions of sexual assault. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

     

    Shin, M. Zounlome, N. O. O., Hsu, K., Yancura, L., Wong, Y. J. (2016, August). Thanks, Mom: Gratitude Letter Writing for Asian and White Americans. Symposium presentation at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver CO.

  • Teaching & Mentoring

    Pedagogical Approach

    Guided by an intersectional feminist approach, I believe students learn best by being challenged to engage in self-reflection and discussing conflicting perspectives and debates within a field. By thinking about their own views, learning about others’ perceptions, and having to talk them over, students can learn to think critically while also being able to apply course material to their own lives. Through this process, students can evaluate information based on their intersecting identities, come up with their own opinions, and in turn, better retain and apply course content in a practical manner. Furthermore, in each class I teach, I intentionally infuse social justice material, such as the psychology of oppression and intersectionality, to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand their own salient identities and that of others. This pedagogical approach allows students to effectively work with, as well as conduct multiculturally grounded and ethical research/clinical work among, diverse populations. Additionally, I work to create a culturally humble classroom environment for all students to augment learning outcomes, personal growth, and professional development.

     

    Mentoring Style

    I find mentoring to be immensely rewarding as it is in line with my life’s mission of guiding students to achieve academic success. I consistently work to create a collaborative and supportive atmosphere in which I meet with my mentees regularly to check in on individual progress, collaborative projects, and engage in professional development (e.g., teaching research skills and discussing journal articles to bolster content knowledge). Taking an intersectional feminist approach, I continually make an effort to learn about my mentees as individuals in the context of their intersecting identities, actively initiate conversations in which I openly reflect upon how my own identities relate to theirs and check in with them to see if their specific needs are being met. This also involves an explication of power differentials between us. Additionally, I use a tailored mentoring style by prioritizing mentees’ personal and professional goals and adjusting to fit their needs. My goal for my mentees/advisees is that they excel holistically, not just academically. In this, I help students to identify their own goals and support them in achieving them. I am extremely proud to have helped train so many students and that several of the undergraduate students I have mentored over the years have gone on to graduate school at the master's and doctoral levels. These students have also co-authored presentations at national conferences and published research articles with me.

     

    Courses

     

    Instructor | August 2021-December 2021
    “EDP-606: Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology” -a graduate-level professional identity and development course for 9 students
    Counseling Psychology Program, University of Kentucky

     

    Teaching Assistant | January 2020-May 2020
    “EDUC-G685: Seminar in Counseling Research Methodology” -a doctoral-level research methods course for 12 students under Dr. Zoe Peterson
    Counseling Psychology Program, Indiana University

     

    Co-Instructor | August 2018-November 2018
    “EDUC-G523: Laboratory Counseling and Guidance” -a graduate-level clinical skills foundational course for 15 students alongside Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel

    Counseling Psychology Program, Indiana University
     

    Guest Lecturer | April 2018
    “SPH H350: Topical Seminar on Sexual Exploitation” -an undergraduate course on sexual exploitation, harassment, and assault taught by Dr. Debra Herbenick

    School of Public Health, Indiana University
     

    Associate Instructor | August 2016-May 2017

    Taught eight sections of "EDUC-X 150: Becoming the Best Student" -an undergraduate course for low-performing and students on academic probation

    Student Academic Center, Indiana University

     

    GRE Instructor | May 2016-July 2017

    Designed all materials and taught an 8-week summer session

    McNair's Scholars Program, Indiana University

  • Clinical Work

    I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland-College Park Counseling Center (July 2020-June 2021). My clinical work focuses on college/graduate populations, especially mental health and academic persistence among BIPOC students, themed BIPOC therapy groups, and career counseling. I take an intersectional feminist approach when working with clients while also integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and an interpersonal approach.


     

  • Selected Honors & Awards

    My efforts have been supported by over 50 grants, fellowships, and awards at the campus, regional, and national levels with over $100,000 in funds awarded.

    Student of the Year Award

    APA Division 51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinities | September 2020

    Outstanding TCP Student Paper Award

    For the top article published in The Counseling Psychologist in 2015-2019 whose first author was a graduate student

     

    Zounlome, N.O. O., Wong, Y. J., David, J., Klann, E. M., & Stephens, N. (2019). ‘No one comes to save the Black girls…’: Black university women’s understanding of sexual violence. The Counseling Psychologist, 47, 873-908. doi:10.1177/0011000019893654

     

    The Counseling Psychologist & Sage Publishing | August 2020

    Outstanding Graduate Student Award

    This award recognizes excellence in scholarship and professional development among counseling psychology graduate students throughout the country

     

    Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) | June 2020

    Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

    For a demonstrated commitment to improving the conditions of people from marginalized communities

     

    American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology | March 2020

    Herman B. Wells Graduate Fellowship

    For demonstrating leadership abilities, academic excellence, character, social consciousness, and generosity of spirit.

     

    University Graduate School | Indiana University | February 2020

    Achasa Beechler Dissertation Proposal Fellowship

    School of Education | Indiana University | February 2020

    APA Division 45 Student Research Grant

    Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race | December 2019

    Graduate Student Research Award

    Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society | Indiana University | November 2019

    Research Grant

    Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology | Indiana University| November 2019

    Graduate Student Research Scholarship

    American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology | October 2019

    Scholarship for Education Research

    University of Michigan Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research | May 2019

    Student Research Award

    Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology | Indiana University | April 2019

    Leading the Way Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award

    For outstanding leadership and service to promote campus diversity and inclusion efforts | School of Education | Indiana University | February 2019
    https://education.indiana.edu/news-events/_news/2019/jan-jun/2019-04-03-BGSA-gala.html

    Prevention & Promotion Award

    Student Affiliates of APA Division 17 | Indiana University | June 2019

    Student Abstract Competition: Diversity Award

    Indiana Psychological Association | November 2018

    Student Abstract Competition: 2nd Place

    Indiana Psychological Association | November 2018

    Outstanding Division Award- Div. 45 Study of Culture, Ethnicity & Race

    American Psychological Association of Graduate Students| August 2018

    Paul F. Munger Program Leadership & Service Award

    Indiana University Counseling Psychology Program | April 2018

    Research Grant

    Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Government | April 2018

    SREB Scholar Fellowship

    Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) State Doctoral Scholars Program | August 2017

    Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine| Indiana University | April 2017

    Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship

    Indiana University | March 2015

    Excellence in Research Award

    Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences | Indiana University, April 2015

    Thesis Award

    Hutton Honors College | Indiana University | March 2014

  • Selected Leadership, Community, Equity, & Social Justice Efforts

    • APA Division on Culture Ethnicity, & Race Student Committee- Student Division Liaison August 2017-June 2020

    • 2nd Annual Black Women’s Wellness & Empowerment Summit- Chair January 2018 –October 2016

    • Indiana University Graduate School- Diversity Recruitment & Retention Emissary May 2017-May 2018

    • Indiana University Black Joy Collective- Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member March 2017-May 2020

    • APA Division on Culture Ethnicity, & Race Student Committee- Student Research Chair August 2016-July 2017

    • Indiana University Counseling Psychology Student Organization- Co-President August 2016-May 2018

    • Indiana University Counseling Psychology Student Organization-Diversity Committee Chair August 2015–August 2016

    • APA Division on Men & Masculinity Student Special Interest Group- Presidential Student Advisory Board Member January 2017-August 2018

    • Coalition on Sexual Assault Prevention & Student Empowerment- Co-Founder & Committee Member April 2016-May 2017

    • The Inaugural Black Women’s Wellness & Empowerment Summit-Campus Partner Liaison March 2016–October 2016

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