Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla, PhD
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Counseling & Human Development

Dr. Ummul Kathawalla is a postdoctoral research associate in the Counseling Psychology & Human Development Department at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Dr. Kathawalla teaches courses for PhD students in counseling psychology. She also conducts research on how discrimination, life stress, and sociocultural contexts contribute to the development and persistence of identity development and wellbeing in minorities. Dr. Kathawalla uses this understanding to develop and examine culturally informed interventions and technology that consider individual differences and experiences to serve marginalized populations. These lines of research build upon each other so that she can move the field of applied ethnic minority psychology forward using rigorous mixed methodology and transparent, open science research practices with a strong commitment to diversity and social justice.

Postdoctoral Associate (previously held)
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development

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  1. Stevenson B, Teravainen T, Kathawalla UK, Singer M, Wilkins S, Mueller L, Kelly M, Ellison M, Shirk SD, Bakken S, Blustein D. Feasibility of a Career Development Intervention for Veterans in Vocational Rehabilitation: Protocol for a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2023 Jun 30; 12:e47986.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37389915; PMCID: PMC10365634; DOI: 10.2196/47986;
  2. Reilly ED, Kathawalla UK, Robins HE, Heapy AA, Hogan TP, Waring ME, Quigley KS, Drebing CE, Bickmore T, Volonte M, Kelly MM. An Online Acceptance and Mindfulness Intervention for Chronic Pain in Veterans: Development and Protocol for a Pilot Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2023 Mar 07; 12:e45887.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36881446; PMCID: PMC10031449; DOI: 10.2196/45887;
  3. Stevenson BJ, Kathawalla U, Smith C, Mueller L. Career Development in Transitional Work Settings: A Qualitative Investigation Among Veterans and Vocational Counselors. J Career Dev. 2023 Aug; 50(4):947-964.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37463233; PMCID: PMC10288654; DOI: 10.1177/08948453221137344;
  4. Syed M, Fish J, Hicks J, Kathawalla UK, Lee E. Somali migration to the United States: Understanding adaptation through digital stories. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2022 Jul; 28(3):361-369. PMID: 34941283
  5. Stewart AL, Kathawalla UK, Wolfe AG, Everson-Rose SA. Women's heart health at mid-life: what is the role of psychosocial stress? Womens Midlife Health. 2018; 4:11. PMID: 30766721; PMCID: PMC6297972; DOI: 10.1186/s40695-018-0041-2;
  6. Mitchell LL, Kathawalla UK, Ajayi AA, Fish J, Nelson SC, Peissig LHM, Syed M. Ethnic-racial typicality and its relation to ethnic identity and psychological functioning. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2018 07; 24(3):400-413. PMID: 29792487
  7. Alam M, Ibrahim O, Nodzenski M, Strasswimmer JM, Jiang SI, Cohen JL, Albano BJ, Batra P, Behshad R, Benedetto AV, Chan CS, Chilukuri S, Crocker C, Crystal HW, Dhir A, Faulconer VA, Goldberg LH, Goodman C, Greenbaum SS, Hale EK, Hanke CW, Hruza GJ, Jacobson L, Jones J, Kimyai-Asadi A, Kouba D, Lahti J, Macias K, Miller SJ, Monk E, Nguyen TH, Oganesyan G, Pennie M, Pontius K, Posten W, Reichel JL, Rohrer TE, Rooney JA, Tran HT, Poon E, Bolotin D, Dubina M, Pace N, Kim N, Disphanurat W, Kathawalla U, Kakar R, West DP, Veledar E, Yoo S. Adverse events associated with mohs micrographic surgery: multicenter prospective cohort study of 20,821 cases at 23 centers. JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Dec; 149(12):1378-85. PMID: 24080866

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2019 University of Minnesota: Graduate and Professional Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards
2019 Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP): Social Justice and Advocacy Award
2019 International Society for Research on Identity: International Society for Research on Identity Doctoral Level Research
2015 National Science Foundation (NSF): Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
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