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Shreya Vaishnav, PhD


Assistant Professor

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PhD, Counseling and Counselor Education (CACREP), University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
MC, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP), Arizona State University (ASU)
BA, Psychology and Business Minor, Duquesne University


Dr. Shreya Vaishnav is an Assistant Professor at Palo Alto University. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Arizona State University.

Dr. Vaishnav has been involved in leadership roles through several counseling organizations and is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the AMCD Emerging Leader Award, WACES Professional Service Award, and 2018 NBCC Foundation Doctoral Minority Fellow. She is a dedicated leader and has served on the executive board of WACES and as a committee chair for organizations such as CSJ, ACA, and AMCD.

Dr. Vaishnav's research focuses on the impact of microaggressions on individuals from marginalized identities and she has facilitated workshops on navigating and responding to microaggressions in academia. She has also led research projects on effective mentoring practices for students and faculty, strengths-based approaches in working with students from marginalized backgrounds, and engaging in social justice advocacy within counseling. Her clinical expertise lies in working with immigrant populations on cross-cultural issues, specifically South Asian immigrants and first-generation Asian Americans.

Areas of Interest:

Multicultural Competencies, Microaggressions, Mentoring, Immigrants

Selected Publications:

Wester, K., Vaishnav, S., Wachter Morris, C., Stickl, J., Austin, J., Delgado, H. (January, 2020). The interaction of imposter phenomenon and research self-efficacy on counselor educator scholarly productivity. The Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision (in print).

Vaishnav, S., & Blackstock, J. S. (2020). Migration Trauma and the Script-Based Self: Transactional Analysis with Nepali-Bhutanese Refugees. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 10(1).

Watcher Morris, C., Wester, K., Vaishnav, S., & Austin, J. (2018). Introduction. In making research relevant: Applied research designs for the mental health practitioner. Routledge. New York, NY.

Watcher Morris, C., Wester, K., Austin, J., & Vaishnav, S. (2018). Research Ethics. In making research relevant: Applied research designs for the mental health practitioner. Routledge. New York, NY.

Websites and Other Relevant Links:

ACA Counseling Today (2021, January). Counselor Career Stories: Shreya Vaishnav. p. 18.

Vaishnav, S. & Chu, J (2022, May). Disparities in Mental Health Care: Closing the Gap in AAPI Communities. Palo Alto University, CA.