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Bonnie Nastasi

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.D. Psychology

Bonnie Kaul Nastasi, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 1986, School Psychology & Early Childhood Education) is Contributing Faculty Member at Walden University in the School of Psychology. Dr. Nastasi’s research focuses on the use of mixed methods designs to develop and evaluate culturally appropriate assessment and intervention approaches for promoting mental health and reducing health risks such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, both within the US and internationally. She is active in promotion of child rights and social justice within the profession of school psychology. She has published extensively on participatory approaches to cultural construction of school programming, child rights and school psychology, and qualitative and mixed methods research methods. Dr. Nastasi is past-president for Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and past co-chair of APA’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP). She is Division 16 representative to APA Council, and Past-President of the International School Psychology Association. She received the Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 of APA in 2019.

Courses Taught

CPSY/DPSY 9000 - Dissertation


PhD, Kent State University

Public Service

Windham Advisory Council for Students at Risk, Member - Willimantic, United States

Asian Family Services , Board of Directors - Hartford, CT United States

Greater New Orleans Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Member - New Orleans, LA United States

Awards / Honors

One of top 20 most prolific scholars in School Psychology in past 100 years, APA Division 16 colleagues, 2016

Senior Scientist, APA, Division 16, 2019

Louisiana School Psychology Association, Lifetime, ProfessionalActivities, 2012


Nastasi, B. K., Schensul, J. J., Schensul, S. L., Mekki-Berrada, A., Pelto, B., Maitra, S., Verma, R. K., Saggurti, N. (2015). A model for translating ethnography and theory into culturally constructed clinical practice. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry.

Nastasi, B. K., Hitchcock, J. H., Burkholder, G., Varjas, K., Sarkar, S., Jayasena, A. (2007). Assessing adolescents' understanding of and reactions to stress in different cultures: Results of a mixed-methods approach. School Psychology International.

Nastasi, B. K., Graybill, E., Baker, C. N., Cloth, A. H., Fisher, S. (2017). An analysis of social justice research in school psychology. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology.

Nastasi, B. K., Naser, S. (2014). Child rights as a framework for advancing professional standards for practice, ethics and professional development in School Psychology. School Psychology International.

Nastasi, B. K., Hitchcock, J. (2009). Challenges of evaluating multi-level interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Nastasi, B. K., Borja, A. (2016). International handbook of psychological well-being in children and adolescents: Bridging the gaps between theory, research, and practice.

Nastasi, B. K., Jayasena, A. (2014). International partnership for promoting psychological well-being in Sri Lankan schools. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.

Nastasi, B. K., Hart, S. N., Naser, S. (2020). International handbook on child rights and school psychology.

Nastasi, B. K., Johnson, C., Friedman, H., Diaz, J., Franco, Z. (2014). Handbook of social justice and psychology. Volumes 1-3.

Nastasi, B. K., Borja, A. P., Sarkar, S. (2017). Children's voices about the functions of their social supports: Multicountry perspectives. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology.


Nastasi, B. K. (2009). Generating culturally and contextually relevant evidence-based practices in schools and communities: Application of mixed methods research designs.

Nastasi, B. K. (2013). Promoting Psychological Well-being Globally Project: Implications for conceptualizing well-being and developing school-based programs.

Nastasi, B. K., Varjas, K. (2008). (Chair) Analyzing qualitative data to generate culturally relevant definitions of psychological well-being.

Nastasi, B. K. (2011). School psychologist as advocate for Child Rights.