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Xiang Zhou, PhD

Lab Director, he/him/his

Xiang is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University and a licensed psychologist (IN 20043414A).  He received his degrees from Zhejiang University (B.S. in psychology), New York University (M.A. in psychology), and University of Minnesota (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology). He completed his doctoral internship at the University of Washington Counseling Center (APA accredited). At Purdue, he has taught Counseling Theories and Techniques, Advanced Counseling Theories and Techniques, Advanced Counseling Practicum and Supervision Theories, Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations, Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice, and Human Growth and Development. 

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Amani Khalil, M.S.Ed

Graduate Student, she/her/hers

Amani is a fifth-year candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Purdue. She is originally from Dallas, Texas. Amani earned her B.S. with a double major in Child Development & Learning and Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and earned her M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue. Amani's clinical interests include working with children and families conducting psychotherapy and assessments in schools and healthcare settings. Amani’s research interests broadly pertain to addressing health disparities for families with developmental disabilities. When she's not working, you can find Amani running, hiking, biking, or attending Purdue football and basketball games.

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Brenda Shein, B.A.

Graduate Student, she/her/hers

Brenda is currently a third-year student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Purdue. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she spent her undergraduate years in New York City and graduated from NYU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Before coming to Purdue to pursue her doctorate, she worked for a couple years in community and clinical mental health settings and credits those experiences in helping to shape her vocational pursuits in counseling psychology. Brenda’s research interests broadly focus on understanding trauma, adversity, and resiliency from a developmental and socio-cultural perspective. When she's not working, Brenda likes exploring cafes and spending time with others over good food. She finds the most joy in baking, practicing yoga, and going on adventures outdoors. 

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Muzi (Nina) Li, M.S.

Graduate Student, she/her/hers

Nina is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Purdue. She was born and raised in Changsha, Hunan, China. Nina spent her undergraduate years at Southern Medical University at Guangzhou with a B.S. in clinical psychology and a B.A. in English. Nina got her M.S. degree in prevention science from the University of Oregon. Before coming to Purdue,  Nina worked as a research assistant in several different places with culturally sensitive behavioral and mental health intervention research. Nina’s research interests broadly include cross-cultural adaptation, sexual minority mental health, prevention and intervention. When not working, Nina enjoys making tea and drinks, cooking, baking, and photographing.

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Jenni Thang, B.A.

Graduate Student, she/her/hers

Jenni is currently a firs -year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Purdue, West Lafayette. She was born and raised in Myanmar, Chin State. Jenni spent her undergraduate years at Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in Psychology. Jenni’s research interests focuses broadly on the intersection between trauma and mental health within the refugee community. During her free time, Jenni enjoys painting or taking naps with her cat, Solo, and/niece, Violet; August likes to tag along as well.