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Zainab Suara

Doctoral Intern in Psychology


My aim is to make therapy a more comfortable space, which can be a daunting task where an individual is asked to share their vulnerabilities with a complete stranger. Unconditional positive regard, as defined as the basic acceptance and support of a person regardless of what the person says or does, is integral to the work I strive to do. This viewpoint is valuable especially for those whose words, actions, and beliefs have been devalued and undermined in the past not only at the individual but systemic level as well.

Zainab is a first-generation Nigerian immigrant, a psychology intern at Vanderbilt University Counseling Center, and a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. Additionally, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., her Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and her MA in Clinical Practices in Psychology from the University of Hartford. Zainab has experience working with individuals and groups diagnosed with eating disorders, intellectual/developmental disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders in outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. Zainab’s interests include health psychology, specifically mental health disparities, working with individuals who have suffered trauma as well as providing culturally competent mental health services. In her spare time, Zainab enjoys spin classes, running, sushi, and spending time with friends and family.