Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
Department of Educational Psychology
Nadya Fouad is training director of the doctoral program in counseling psychology. Her research is in the areas of vocational assessment, vocational interests, and career development. Her primary areas of interest are career development of women and racial/ethnic minorities, cross-cultural vocational assessment, interest measurement, cross-cultural counseling and race and ethnicity. Fouad just completed a grant, co-authored with Phil Smith and Gail Hackett, from the National Science Foundation to study barriers for women entering math/science and technical careers. "Barriers and Supports for Continuing in Mathematics and Science: Gender and Educational Level Differences" (Fouad, N. A., Hackett, G., Smith, P.L., Kantamneni, N., Fitzpatrick, M.E., Haag, S., Spencer, D.), an article reporting the findings of the study, is in press at the Journal of Vocational Behavior.
Fouad is past president of The Society of Counseling Psychology (17) of the American Psychological Association, past chair of Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, and past chair of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association. She is editor of the Counseling Psychologist. Fouad earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Fouad and her co-author, Romila Singh, have recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to understand the barriers and supports for women with engineering degrees who do and do not persist in engineering careers. In addition, Fouad has an active research team that focuses on career development and cultural competence. The team consists of 3 doctoral students. All students on the team have presented at a national conference or participated in a publication. The goal of the team is to complete meaningful and relevant projects while also developing the research skills of team members. New projects are started each semester, with research team members bringing ideas to the team. Current projects include: perceptions of the economy and work-related decisions; career perceptions and barriers of student athletes; and family influences on career decision-making.
Fouad's study on women engineers may be found at the Center for the Study of the Workplace (www.studyofwork.com).
Professional Service (Editorial Boards, Offices)
Editor, The Counseling Psychologist, Editorial Boards: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Career Assessment. Past- Chair, Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs; Co-Executive Vice President for Communications, Division 17; Chair, Board of Educational Affairs (APA); Co-chair, Multicultural Guidelines Writing Team (Joint Divisions 17 & 45) (Culminated in Multicultural Guidelines adopted as APA Policy, August, 2002). Chair, Task Force on Women in Academe, American Psychological Association (1999-2000). Chair, Task Force on School to Work Transition, American Psychological Association (1999-2000).
Paul Nelson Award, 2010; APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training, 2009; Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring & Scholarship, 2009; School of Education Faculty Research Award, 2007; APA Division 17 John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research, 2003; Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Counseling Psychology, 2001; APA Presidential Citation for leadership on APA School to Work Task Force, 2000; Professional Writing Award, Wisconsin Association for Counseling and Development, 1996; Ralph F. Berdie Research Award, American Association for Counseling and Development 1991.