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2018 - 2022

The University of Missouri - St. Louis |
PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision 

2016 - 2018

Northwestern University |
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2011 - 2015

The University of Chicago |
BA in Comparative Human Development
Minor: Gender & Sexuality Studies


2022 - Present

  • Teach masters level Counseling Core classes following CACREP-standards.

  • Advise and mentor students.

2020 - Present

Co-Founder and Co-Organizer

  • Co-organized #BlackInMentalHealthWeek, an international online initiative to promote and highlight Black mental health professionals, researchers, students, and advocates.

2016 - Present

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

  • Provide individual and group therapy to clients of diverse cultural identities.

  • Present at workshops and invited talks focusing on mental health and wellness for marginalized communities.

2016 - Present

Social Media Coordinator and 
Content Creator

  • Coordinated and co-coordinated social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Black in Mental Health (#BlackInMH), the University of Missouri - St. Louis's Counseling Program (#UMSLCounseling), and the North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (#NCACES).

  • Created original content and had interdisciplinary collaborations with other content creators via Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2015 - 2016

Special Projects Assistant

  • Aided in the Illinois Secretary of Education in projects related to the health and equity of youth in the state of Illinois from cradle to career.

  • Coordinated Early Childhood Councils and Illinois P-20 Councils. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Bisexual+ women of color and mental health

  • LGBTQIA+ youth

  • Mentorship

  • Intersecting multiple marginalized identities

  • Counseling ethics

  • Ethical social media in counseling & research

  • Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and the emotional development model (PCIT-ED)

Conference Presentations

  • Balin, E., Edwin, M., Liu, Y., & Paul, Z. A. (2023, June 29). Moments of Excellence in Career Counseling: Evidence-Based Counseling Adaptations for Diverse Clients and Contexts [Conference session]. Presented at the National Career Development Association 2023 Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Paul, Z. A. & Ravi, N. (2023, April 20 – 22). Bisexual+ Women of Color and Racial/Ethnic Collective Self-Esteem [Poster session]. Presented at the 95th Annual Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Paul, Z. A., Hurless, N., & Ravi, N. (2023, April 20 – 22). Ethical Framework for Social Media Use for Mental Health Professionals [Conference session]. Presented at the 95th Annual Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Paul, Z. A. (2022, October). The Moderating Effects of Racial/Ethnic Collective Self-Esteem on Bisexual Microaggressions with Bisexual+ Women of Color [Poster session]. Presented at the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities 2022 Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Paul, Z. A. (2022, September). Psychometric Results and Implications of the Bisexual Microaffirmation Scale for Women with Bi+ Women of Color [Conference session]. Presented at the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

  • Paul, Z. A. (2022, August). Understanding Affirming Identity Variables and Social Appearance Anxiety with Bi+ Women of Color. In E. McCabe (Chair), Division 44 Committee on Bisexual Issues Research Symposium [Symposium]. Presented at the American Psychological Association 2022 Convention, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Paul, Z. A. (2022, June). "Not Half and Half": Affirming Care for Bisexual+/Plurisexual Individuals of Color [Conference session]. Presented at the 2022 NBCC Bridging the Gap Symposium, Washington D.C.

  • Paul, Z. A. & Crawford, D. (2022, April). Connectedness to #MeToo Movement [Poster session]. Presented at the 2022 American Counseling Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  • Pryor, J., Paul, Z. A., Gallardo, D., & Dipre., K.A. (2021, October). A Pilot Study on Rupture and Repair in Counseling Mentorship [Conference session]. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  • Coker, A.D., Brown, E., Martin, C., Freedle, A., Cables, E., Miller, R., Paul, Z. A., Dooley Hussman, M., & Abernathy, M. (2021, June). Women and the Practice of Self-Censorship [Conference session]. Presented at the 2021 Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development Virtual Conference.

  • Paul, Z. A. (2020, August 6 - 9). Endarkening the Rainbow: Bisexual+/Plurisexual Women of Color and Body Satisfaction [Poster presentation]. American Psychological Association Conference, Washington D.C., United States.

  • Gallardo, D., Dipre, K.A., Paul, Z. A., & Pryor, J. (2020, June). Repairing Mentorship Relationships in Cross-Cultural Dyads [Conference presentation]. Presented at the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Virtual Summit, online.

Invited Talks & Media Appearances

  • Paul, Z. A. (2021, October). Women+ of Color Project Graduate School Workshop: Sexuality and Gender Identity. The Women+ of Color Project. Webinar to W+OCP participants, virtual.

  • LGBTQ Institute. (2021, September 28). Research and Campaigns focused on LGBTQ People, Health, and Wellbeing [Video]. YouTube.

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