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Waganesh A. Zeleke, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education

209C Canevin Hall
Phone: (412) 396-2465

Education:

Ed.D. Counseling, University of Montana, 2013
Ed.S. Mental Health Counseling, University of Montana, 2011
M.A. Interculutural Youth and Family Development, University of Montana, 2009
M.A. Special Needs Education/Psychology, Addis Ababa University, 2004
B.A. Majors: Pedagogical Science, Bahir Dar University, 2000
Biography

Dr. Waganesh Zeleke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education at Duquesne University. Dr. Zeleke teaches graduate level courses in counseling, including Therapeutic Technique in Individual Counseling, Counseling and Consultation Theory, Group Counseling, Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling, and Diagnostic and Treatment Plan. Dr. Zeleke obtained her doctorate in Counseling from University of Montana. She has worked as practicing clinician, consultant, and parenting educator in the area of autism, children at risk, parenting, and international adoption both in Ethiopia, Africa and USA. Dr. Zeleke has co-authored and authored publications in topics related to clinical interviewing and autism. Dr. Zeleke professional interest and research agenda include: International adoption, autism intervention, parenting consultation, attachment, multicultural assessment, and African children. Dr. Zeleke's current research project focuses on investigating the relational development in Ethiopian adoptee and their adoptive parents with in the family unit, and developing an assessment tool that measures the multicultural parenting competency skills of intercultural adoptive parents.

Publication and Professional Presentation

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Zeleke, W., & Hood, M. (2013). The clinical interview. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, Wiley BlackWell

Zeleke, W. (In process). The Cross-Cultural Validation of Unconditional Positive Regard: The psycho-educational group experience of parents of children with autism in Ethiopia

Sommers-Fanagan, J., Polancheck, S., Zeleke, W., Hood, M., and Shaw, S. (Submitted). Effectiveness of Solution-focused consultation on parent Stress and Competence. Journal of Counseling and Development

Zeleke, W. ( 2009). My Brother with Autism. Blurb. Inc; USA

Zeleke, W. & Koester, L. (2012). The Effect of Dyads' Hearing Status (Matched or Unmatched) on the Communicative and Affective Behaviors of Infants. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Park City, UT

Zeleke, W., Polancheck, S., & Hood, M. (2012). Student Knowledge of Sexual Assault at the University of Montana. Presented at the Graduate Research Conference. University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Zeleke, W. & Polancheck, S. (2012). The Experience of Intercultural Adoption: Content and Theme analysis of an Intercultural Adoptive Parent group. Presented at the national conference of American Counselor Associations in San Francisco, CA.

Zeleke, W. (April, 2010). Natural Parenting in the Traditional Society: case studies of infant and toddler care practices of three Ethiopian elderly women. Presented at the Graduate Research Conference. University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Zeleke, W., Kruh, F., LeBlond,R. & McVicker, M. (2009). Injurious: Effects of Traditional Practices on Girls and Young Women in Niger. Presented at the Graduate conference. University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Koester,O., Koehn, P., Harrar, S. , Koehn, E., Bookwalter, J., & Zeleke, W. (2009). Ethiopia Today: Ancient Traditions and New Challenges. Presented at the International week Festival: University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Zeleke, W. (May, 2007). Involving siblings in the intervention program of a sibling with autism. Presented at the Nia Foundation Autism Awareness Conference. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Zeleke, W. (2006). Psychological impact of HIV/AIDS on individual and community development in Ethiopia. Presented at the Ethiopian Bible Society workshop. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zeleke, W. (May, 2006). Understanding Autism and Helping Children with Autism. Presented at the National Autism Awareness Conference. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Grant Writing & Extramural Funding

International Grants Funded

Zeleke, W. A. (2008). Promoting Health and Wellbeing of Children with Autism and their families. Grant to provide psycho-educational program to children with autism who enrolled at the Joy Center for Children with Autism (Rename-Nia Foundation) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Total amount of grant: $1,000.00) Funded by Global Children Fund, Washington DC, USA

Zeleke, W.A. (2007). Promoting Health and Wellbeing of Children with Autism and their families. Implemented by Joy Center for Children with Autism (Rename-Nia Foundation) ($1,000.00) Funded by Global Children Fund, Washington DC, USA

Zeleke, W.A. and Yenus, Z. (2007). Holistic Intervention: A center-based program that provide social and self-help skill training, behavior modification and occupational therapy for 45 children with autism who enrolled at the Joy Center for Children with Autism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Total amount of grant: $10,000.00). Funded by Global Children Fund, Washington DC, USA

Zeleke, W.A. and Yenus, Z. (2007). Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Children with Autism: A program implemented to children who enrolled at the Joy Center for Children with Autism (Rename-Nia Foundation) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Total amount of grant: $1,000.00) Funded by Global Children Fund, Washington DC, USA

Zeleke, W. A. (2006). Autism Awareness in Ethiopia: A program focused on creating public awareness through workshop, conference, and mass media and implemented by the Joy Center for Children with Autism in Ethiopia. (Total amount of grant: $10,000.00) Funded by Global Children Fund, Washington DC, USA

Zeleke, W. A. (2005). Holistic Intervention program for children with Autism. An intervention program implemented by the Joy Center for Children with Autism (Rename-Nia Foundation) in Ethiopia (Total amount of grant: $10,000.00) Funded by Global Children Fund, Washington DC, USA

Zeleke, W. A. (2005). Promoting Health and Wellbeing of Children with Autism and their families. An intervention program implemented by the Joy Center for Children with Autism (Rename-Nia Foundation) in Ethiopia. (Total amount of Grant: $1,000.00) Funded by Global Children Fund ,Washington DC, USA

Graduate Student Research Grant. Grant supported a research titled: The Psychosocial effect of Hanson's Disease stigma on the survivors and their children. (Total amount of grant: $10,0000.00 Ethiopian Birr). Funded by the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in 2003/2004, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Academic Enrichment Fund (Spring 2012). Grant supports my current dissertation research titled: Understanding the Process of psychological Adjustment and Relationship Development of Ethiopian Adoptees and their Adoptive Family. (Total amount of Grant: $1,500.00) Funded by the office of the Vice President for Research & Creative Scholarship University of Montana, Missoula

Pat Williams Scholarship Award (2010). Research grant supported a research titled: The Self-in-Context: The Intrapsychic, social and family world of Ethiopian Adoptee in Montana. (Total amount of Grant: $500.00) Funded by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center of the University of Montana, Missoula.

Honors and Awards
  • ACES-Presidential Fellow - Rocky Mountain ACES Region ( October, 2012)
  • Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships Award, The University of Montana (Spring 2012)
  • The Missoula Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-Missoula) Scholarship Award (Spring 2012)
  • Diversity Advisory Council Student Achievement Award, the University of Montana (Spring 2010)
  • International students Outstanding Achievement Award, the University of Montana (Spring 2010)
  • The Ramona Roedl International Award (Fall 2010)
  • The Presidential Travel Award, the University of Montana (2009)
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund scholarship recipient , National level award (2009 -2010)
  • Altrusa International Scholarship Award, the University of Montana (2009)
  • Named International Program Scholarship Fund (PEO) Recipient for 2009-2010
  • International Program Scholarship Fund (PEO) award recipient , National level award (2008-2009)
  • Netherlands Fellowship Program (NUFFIC) scholarship award to attend a postgraduate certificate training on Children health and wellbeing at Amsterdam University, International level award (2006)
  • Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship: An award that covered transportation and tuition to participate 5 days international conference in Salzburg, Austria, International level award (2005)
Professional Associations
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Rocky Mountain Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • International Consortium for Research and Action Against Health Related Stigma
  • Ethiopian Psychologist Association
  • Ethiopian Special Needs Education Professional Association