Faculty Profile

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Melani Kovarkizi Natneil

Assistant Professor, Psychology Assistant Field Director

CAMPUS

Online

Biography

 

Dr. Melani Natneil is the Assistant Professor of Psychology and Assistant Field Director at University of Massachusetts Global, Online campus. She has been a practicing licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in trauma-informed therapeutic modalities, specifically working with intergenerational & interracial trauma. Dr. Natneil has extensive experience in concepts related to diversity & practices from a holistic lens of view. Her doctoral dissertation highlighted the fundamental concepts of the Self-of-therapist, including the clinician’s social location, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, spirituality, and cultural upbringings. Dr. Natneil has held multiple positions in administrative, clinical, and academic roles. Dr. Natneil’s goal as a professor and assistant director of the field is to assist students wholeheartedly while providing a safe space for growth and highlighting each student’s strength and ability to be a part of the solution in this world. Dr. Natneil’s current research focus and interests are on addressing concepts of “shame” and “guilt” and their interference with self-confidence and an individual’s level of functioning.


Education

2017
Doctor of Psychology

Alliant International University

Dissertation: Marriage and Family Therapist’s understanding of countertransference & self-of-therapist

2014
M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy

Alliant International University

Dissertation: Marriage and Family Therapist’s understanding of countertransference & self-of-therapist ;

2012
B.A. in Psychology

University of Massachusetts Global

Dissertation:“The Cross-Cultural Communication Epidemic of the 21st Century”


Scholarly Activities

2017

Publications:

Espinoza, S. A, & Kovarkizi, M. (2017). Resistance in couple family therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers and D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple & Family Therapy. New York:  Springer.

2017

Presentations:

AAMFT-CA Division Conference March 2017

University of San Diego

Presentation: Satir’s Human Validation Process Model: Working with Immigrant Families.

 

 

 

Professional Experiences

2017 - 2018

Team Leader

Supervision and Administrative Duties

San FernandoValley Community Mental Health Center

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2017 - Present
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist / Consultant

Growing Minds Counseling

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2017 - 2019
Adjunct Professor

California State University Northridge

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