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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. Dr. Kiteki’s teaching experience began as a high school teacher in Kenya. 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. In her dissertation work, she focused on social support in the adjustment of African adolescent refugees in resettlement. 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
M.A., Kiswahili Studies

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

  • Supervision
  • Refugee Mental Health and Resilience
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

"Religion and Spirituality as sources of resilience in working with African refugees: Lessons from Rwanda"
Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, Richmond, Virginia, July 2017.

"Fostering diversity competence and advocacy skills in clinical supervision," with Dr. Terri Watson and Dr. Hana Yoo.
Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Lombard, Illinois, March 2017.

“The Mental Health and Well-being of Refugee Youth: From Trauma to Resilience-Based Focus.”
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2015.

“'In Our Own Words.' Experiences of New Faculty in Counselor Education Programs,” with Dr. Amber Pope, Dr. Stephaney Carter-Morrison, and Dr. Gulsah Kemer.
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, Colorado, October 2013.

“Counseling supervision in Brazil, Kenya, South Korea, and Turkey: Relevance of US supervision models,” with Dr. DiAnne L. Borders, Dr. Gulsah Kemer, Dr. C. Lima, and Dr. Mijin Chung.
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2011.

“Pre-, peri-, and post-migration experiences and adjustment of Adolescent refugees in the United States: Implications for counselors.”
American Counseling Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2011.

"Development of counseling in China, Kenya, South Korea, and Turkey: Successes and challenges,” with Dr. DiAnne L. Borders, Dr. Gulsah Kemer, Dr. Xia Ying, and Dr. Mijin Chung.
American Counseling Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 2009.

The Case for Resilience in African Refugees: A Literature Review and Suggestions for Future Research, VISTAS
B. N. Kiteki, 2016