Neeta Kantamneni


Neeta Kantamneni

Associate Professor

2009 Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2004 M. S., Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2001 B. S., Psychology, University of Iowa

Philosophy Statement:

The context in which career and vocational decisions are made is critical in understanding the process of those decisions. My professional interests are a fusion of multicultural and vocational psychology and my program of research is committed to examining how contextual influences are related to vocational development with an emphasis on examining the career development process for individuals from marginalized and under-represented groups. As a scientist-practitioner, I am devoted to conducting research that has a direct impact on providing culturally sensitive career counseling to individuals from diverse and marginalized backgrounds. My research program works towards enhancing the lives of all individuals with a specific focus on respecting diversity across people, perspectives, and ideas. Under the broad classification of contextual influences on vocational development, I have developed a program of research that has four primary lines of inquiry: (a) examining the influence of cultural factors on vocational development and career choice for racial/ethnic minorities, (b) examining gender influences on career development, (c) examining career meaning-making for individuals from marginalized backgrounds, and (d) career and academic intervention research. Within this research agenda, I am deeply committed to training students to conduct research that is focused on multicultural, vocational psychology with an emphasis in social justice and find mentoring students in research the most rewarding aspect of my work. By understanding how context influences vocational identity and the meaning constructed through work, Counseling Psychologists have the unique opportunity to provide holistic career interventions that fully integrate the various aspects of one’s identity into the counseling process. This comprehensive focus has the potential to enhance the career and economic lives of people from marginalized backgrounds who may not have equal access and opportunity to achieve academic and vocational success.


Courses Taught

  • EDPS 868 – Gender and Counseling Psychology
  • EDPS 975 – Occupations and Vocational Psychology
  • EDPS 995 – Doctoral Seminar
  • EDPS 997B - Field Placement in Counseling

Areas of Expertise:

    Vocational Psychology
    Multicultural Issues
    Contextual Influences on Career Decision-Making
    Gender Issues
    Social Justice

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2008, Nominated for the CCPTP Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Educational Psychology2007-2008, Dissertation Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School 2006, Career and Vocational Psychology Intern, ACT, Inc. 2006, Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School2004-2006, Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School
Experience
2009 to present, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2008-2009, Pre-Doctoral Intern, University of Illinois-Chicago Counseling Center2006-2008, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Educational Psychology and Department of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2004-2007, Research Assistant; Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Memberships
American Psychological Association; Division 17 Counseling PsychologySociety of Vocational Psychology