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Bellah Kiteki Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling

On Faculty since 2015
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Dr. Bellah Kiteki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Ohio) and a National Certified Counselor. She received her M.A. in Kiswahili Studies from University of Nairobi, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has previously worked with adolescents and adults with chemical and substance abuse issues. Her research interests are primarily with refugees, particularly refugee youth from Africa. She also continues with her volunteer work with refugees through refugee resettlement agencies.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision

Bowling Green State University
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling

University of Nairobi, Kenya
M.A., Kiswahili Studies

Moi University, Kenya
B.Ed., Christian Religious Education and Kiswahili Studies

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Mental Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Populations
  • American Counseling Association (2004-present)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2004-present)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (2017-present)
  • North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2015-present)
  • Practicum
  • Internship
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling in Mental Health Settings
  • Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Foundations of Integration I & II

Kiteki, B. N. (2016). The Case for Resilience in African Refugees: A Literature Review and Suggestions for Future Research. VISTAS, 66, 1 – 21. Article available at http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/vistas.

Watson, T., Kiteki, B., & Yoo, H. (2019, March). Fostering ethical practice through clinical supervision: emerging trends in psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies: Irving, TX.

Kiteki, B. N. (2017, July). Religion and Spirituality as sources of resilience in working with African refugees: lessons from Rwanda. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling: Richmond, VA.

Watson, T., & Kiteki, B. N., Yoo, H. (2017, March). Fostering diversity competence and advocacy skills in clinical supervision. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies: Lombard, IL.

Kiteki, B. N. (2015, October). The mental health and well-being of refugee youth: from trauma to resilience-based focus. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Philadelphia, PA.

Kiteki, B. N., Guth, L. J., Asner-Self, K., Strentzsch, J., Clarke, L., Shannon, D., Scott, A. (2015, March). International counseling in the warm heart of Africa: counselor reflections and current research. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the American Counseling Association: Orlando, FL.

Kiteki, B. N., Pope, A., Carter-Morrison, S., & Kemer, G. (2013, October). “In our own words:” experiences of new faculty in counselor education programs. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Denver, CO.

Kiteki, B. N., Borders, L. D., Chung, M., Kemer, G., & Lima, C. (2011, October). Counseling supervision in Brazil, Kenya, South Korea, and Turkey: relevance of U.S. supervision models. Roundtable discussion session presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Nashville, TN.

Kiteki, B. N. (2011, March). Pre-, peri-, and post-migration experiences and adjustment of Adolescent refugees in the United States: implications for counselors. Poster session presented at the Annual Conference for the American Counseling Association: New Orleans, LA.

Kiteki, B. N., Borders, L. D., Chung, M., Kemer, G., & Ying, X. (2009, March). Development of counseling in China, Kenya, South Korea, and Turkey: successes and challenges. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the American Counseling Association: Charlotte, NC. 

Sweeney, T. J., Myers, J. E., Bigbee, A. L., Brunelli, M., Hofmeier, S., Hodges, E., Ivers, N. Kardatzke, K., Kiteki, B. N., Makinson, L., Pope, A., & Welch, M. (2007, October). Adlerian theory and practice: early recollections, abreaction, and second order change. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for Licensed Professional Counselors of North Carolina: Durham, NC.

Dr. Kiteki has been a recipient of two grants. The first enabled her to attend a Multicultural Trauma Training Institute in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to her main research interest areas (African refugee youth and clinical supervision), Dr. Kiteki has also been a Co-recipient of a grant towards the good neighbor project, a project that explores the attitudes of White Christians, inter-group contact, and good Samaritan. Additionally, together with her Research Assistants, she continues to explore different aspects of African refugee youth, most recently a 10-year review of their mental health as well as content analysis research in her secondary research interest- spirituality and religion in counselor education and supervision.