Waganesh Zeleke

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

110E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2465
zelekew@duq.edu

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 Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked as practicing clinician, consultant, and parenting educator in the area of autism, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issue, parenting, and international adoption both in Ethiopia, Africa and USA. Dr. Zeleke has authored and co-authored publications in topics related to clinical interviewing, autism, mental health and health care access and utilization among immigrant population. Dr. Zeleke professional interest and research agenda include: Mindfulness, Trauma intervention, wellness, autism intervention, parenting consultation, attachment, multicultural assessment, and African children. Dr. Zeleke's current research project focuses on understanding how system and context shape individual mental health and wellbeing with a particular focus among immigrants and family of children with autism.

Publication and Professional Presentation

Zeleke, W. A., Hughes, T. L. & Drozda, N. (In press ). Disparities in Diagnosis and Service Access for Minority Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Park, M., Chitiyo, M., Huh, C., & Zeleke, W. (In press). "An Assessment of Perceived Antecedents to Attitudes of College Students towards Children with Autism in the U.S.," Journal of the American Academy of Special Education

Zeleke, W., Hughes, T. L., Drozda, N. (2019). Home- School Collaboration to Promote Mind-Body Health. In M. A. Bray and C. Maykel, (Eds). Mind-Body Health: School-Based Interventions. American Psychological Association: DC.

Zeleke, W. Nichols, L., Wondi, Y. (2019 ). Mental Health in Ethiopia: Helping professionals' perspective of Counseling Alignment with Culture. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling 

Zeleke, W. Drozda, N, & Hughes, T. L. (2019). Childhood in Africa: Health and Wellness in Body, Mind, Soul, and Sprit. In Charles Quist-Adade, De-Valera Botchway and Awo Abena Amoa Sarpong, (Eds.). Rethinking Childhoods in Africa: An Anthology. Vernon Press: link [https://vernonpress.com].

Zeleke, W., Karayigit, C. & Myers-Brook, K. (2018). Using Self Regulative Learning to increase Multicultural Counseling competency. Journal of Multicultural Counseling. V. 46, Number 1, pp. 40-57.

Zeleke, W. , Lock, G and Koester, L. (2018). Parents' Understanding of Adopted Children's Ways of Being, Belonging, and Becoming. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0995-y

Chitiyo, M., Zeleke, W., Mutemeri, A., Dzenga, C. G., Siddiq, A. S. & Chen, X. (2018). The experiences of Zimbabwean children with autism and their families in terms of the process of diagnosis and access to services: Parents' views. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research .v. 29:3, 330-357 https://www.ajol.info/index.php/zjer/issue/view/16385

Zeleke, W. A., Hughes, T., & Chitiyo, M. (2017). The Path to an Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnosis in Ethiopia: Parent Perspective. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000249

Zeleke, W., Chiytio, M., & Hughes, T. (2017). Autism service providers report: Behavioral and educational interventions used in Ethiopia. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21683603.2016.1278568

Zeleke, W., Hughes, T. L., Tiberi, A. E., & Drozda, N.  (2017). Healthcare and Educational Services Used by Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Poverty. Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education.

Huang, A.X. , Hughes, T., Sutton, L., Lawrence, M, Chen,X, Ji, Z. and Zeleke, W. ( 2017) A Review of the Self System in High-Functioning Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Frontier in Educational Psychology

Yakubova, G. & Zeleke, W. (2016). A Problem-Solving Intervention Using iPads to Improve Transition-Related Task Performance of Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Journal of Special Education Technology. Volume: 31 issue: 2, page(s): 77-86
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0162643416650023

Zeleke, W. (2016). Children with autism in Ethiopia: Diagnosis, legal, and educational services. Journal of the International Association of Special Education v16 n1 p64-72
https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1153788

Abebaw, M. & Zeleke, W. (2017). Attitude, Risk Perception and Readiness of Ethiopian Potential Migrants and Returnees towards Unsafe migration. African Human Mobility Review Vol-3, No 1

Habtamu, K. , Minaye, A., & Zeleke, W. (2017). Prevalence and associated factors of common mental disorder among Ethiopian migrant returnees from Middle East and South Africa. BMC Psychiatry 17:144-156 DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1310-6

Zeleke, W., Minaye, A., & Kyango, G. (2015). Mental Health and Somatic Distress among Ethiopian Migrant Returnees from the Middle East, International Journal of Mental Health & Psychiatry.2:1

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Zeleke, W.A., & Hood, M. (2015). The clinical interview. In R. Cautin, S. Lilienfeld (Eds) & B. Gaudiano (Assoc Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ:  Wily-Blackwell

Minaye, A. & Zeleke, W. A. (2015).  Re-conceptualizing human trafficking: What did the experience of Ethiopian migrant returnees reveal?  Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security 1(1):9-23

Sommers-Flanagan, J., Polancheck, S., Zeleke, W. A., Hood, M., & Shaw, S. (2015).  Effectiveness of Solution-focused consultation on parent Stress and Competence. The Family Journal.  V.23(1):49-55 https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480714555696

Zeleke, W. (2010).  My brother with Autism. Blurb Publishing, San Francisco, CA  (Children Story book)

Zeleke, W. & Hughes, T. (Under preparation). Health care access and utilization of Racial minority families of children with ASD.
Hughes, T. & Zeleke, W. (Under preparation). Examining the racial disparity of Educational service utilization among children with ASD in USA.

Zeleke, W. & Domonico, D. (Under preparation). Integrating Drum Circle in Teaching Group Counseling for Masters' Students.

Zeleke, W. & Hughes, T. (Under preparation). Multicultural competency of mental health professionals in Ethiopia.

Hughes, T. & Zeleke, W. (Under preparation). Assessing the impact of professional development training on conceptualizing mental health disorders among counselors, psychologists, and social workers in Ethiopia.

Zeleke, W. & Makin, S. (Under Preparation). Understanding the Nature, Cause and treatment of Post-Adoption Depression: A Systematic Research Synthesize

Zeleke, W. & Hughes, T. (Under preparation). Effect of professional development on Autism for helping professionals in Ethiopia.

PRESENTATION OF REFEREED PAPERS

Zeleke, W., Delmonico, D. & Acklin, K. (2019). Using Community Drum Circle group as a tool to Develop Students' Group Counseling Competency. Paper submitted to the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision 2019 Conference October 10-13, Seattle, WA, USA

Zeleke, W. & Stephenson, Q. (2019). The Alignment of Contemplative Pedagogy in Counselor Education and Supervision. Paper submitted to the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision 2019 Conference October 10-13, Seattle, WA, USA

Zeleke , W. & Hughes, T. ( 2019). Assessing Acculturation, Mental Health and Trauma Symptoms among Ethiopian Emigrants in the US. Paper to be presented at the 2019 North American Refugee Health Conference. June 14-16, 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada

Zeleke, W. & Stephenson, Q. (2019). Compassionate teaching in Graduate School. Paper presented at the Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference. March 8-9 , Harrisonburg, VA, USA.

Zeleke, W., & Chityo, M. (2019). The Process of Autism Diagnosis and Access to Services: Zeibabwean and Ethiopian Parents 'view . Paper accepted to  the International Society for Autism Research INSAR 2019 Annual Conference. , May 1-4, Montreal, QC, Canada

Zeleke, W., Hughes, T. & Clay, S. ( 2019). Techniques for culturally sensitive trauma informed teaching. National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools in Washington DC, February 17-19, 2019.

Zeleke, W. , Drozda , N. & Hughes, T. (2018). Childhood in Africa: Health and wellness in body, mind , soul and sprit. Paper presented at the 29th World Summit on Positive psychology, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. May 21-22; New York, USA

Zeleke, W. & Drozda, N. (2018). Adoptees psychological adjustment and parental multicultural competency in Ethiopian Adoptive families. Presented at the International Congress of Infant Studies biannual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Zeleke, W. (2018). How Colleges and Universities can Prepare for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Presented at Duquesne University Counseling Symposium, Sep. 25, 2018.

Zeleke, W. (2018). The Standard and Practice of Assessing Response to Intervention for Children with Autism in Ethiopia. Presented at 12th Annual Autism Conference of Association for Behavior Analysis International, Miami, FL

Zeleke, W. (2018). Parents' Understanding of Adopted Children's Ways of Being, Belonging, and Becoming. Will be presented at Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education annual conference, April 11-13, St. Cloud, MN

Zeleke W. & Charetter, R. (2018). Assessing Response to Social Communication Intervention for Children with Autism in Ethiopia. Will be presented at the International Society for Autism Research annual conference. May 9-12. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Tiberi, A. E., Zeleke, W., Hughes, T. L., & Miglioretti, M. (August, 2018). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatment for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA

Zeleke, W. , Hughes, T., & Drozda, N. (2017). Professional development training on mental health disorders to professionals in Ethiopia. American Psychology Association annual Convention. Washington DC

Zeleke, W., Hughes, T., Drozda,N., Tamayo, S. (2017). Assessing the multicultural competency training need of mental health professional in Ethiopia. Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Tiberi, A.E., Hughes, T. L., Zeleke, W., Pugliesi, K., Tokich, A., Drozda, N., & Phillips, T. (August 2017). Educational disparities in minority youth with autism spectrum disorders. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Zeleke, W. Hughes, T &. Drozda, N. (2017). Racial Disparity in Mental healthcare Services Access and Utilization among Children with ASD in the US. Paper submitted to the 2017 International meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, California, USA

Zeleke, W. Hughes, T &. Drozda, N. (2017). Effectiveness of professional development training on autism in helping professionals in Ethiopia: A single group, pre-post design. Paper submitted to the 2017 International meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, California, USA

Zeleke, W. & Hughes, T.. (2017) The Road to diagnosis: Perception, concerns and experiences of racial and ethnic minority parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper submitted to the 2017 International meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, California, USA

Zeleke, W., Nichols, L. & Wondi, Y. (2016, July). Mental Health and Youth Development in Ethiopia: Perceptions Related to Childhood Trauma, Therapy, and Resilience. Symposium /Paper presented in the 24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. Vilnius, Lithuania

Zeleke, W. & Chiytio, M. (2016). Behavioral Treatment and Educational Intervention Received by Children with Autism in Ethiopia. Paper presented in International Society for Autism Research annual conference, Baltimore, MD

Zeleke, W. & Chiytio, M. (2016). A profile of Children with Autism in Ethiopia from the Perspective of Parents. Paper presented in the International Society for Autism Research annual conference, Baltimore, MD

Zeleke, W., Myers, K, Revello, K, Mislinski, J, Gursky, B, Allison, M, Keenan, R, Cass, A, Gilmore, E & Karayight, C (, 2016). Facilitating Self-Regulated Learning in Multicultural Counselor Training. Paper presented in American Counseling Association annual conference, Montreal, Canada.

Zeleke, W. & Huang, A. (2016) The Lived Experience of Immigrant Families with Children with Autism in Accessing to and Utilizing Mental HealthCare Service. Paper presented in the 17th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Huang, A., Zeleke, W., & Kayaingo, G., (2016). Examining Disparities of Mental Healthcare Access and use in Immigrant Children with ASD. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Yakibova, G. & Zeleke, W. (2015). Maximizing skill acquisition through technology for students with autism spectrum disorder", Paper presented at the 19th International DCDT Conference Portland, Oregon .

Zeleke, W. & Chitiyo, M. (2015). Children with Autism in Africa: From Symptoms Recognition to Service Provision.   Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Special Education, Wroclaw, Poland.

Zeleke, W. & Minaye, A. ( June 2015). Mental Health and Somatic Distress among Ethiopian Migrant Returnees from the Middle East and South Africa. Annual conference of American Mental Health Counseling Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (National Conference) Canceled due to Personal health issue.

Zeleke, W. (2015). State of Service Provision and Support for Children with Autism in Ethiopia. Paper presented at the annual conference of International Association of Applied Behavior Analysis, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Yakubova, G. & Zeleke, W. (June 2015). Students with Autism with Nonverbal Speech and Self- Regulated Instruction.   Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Special Education, Wroclaw, Poland.

Yakubova, G., & Zeleke, W. A. (2015, April). Teaching pre-vocational skills to students with autism with nonverbal speech. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, California.

Zeleke, W. & Koester, L. (2014). International Infant Adoption: Is Age at Placement a Predictor for Later Adjustment?   XIX Biennial International Conference of International Society for Infant Study (ISIS) J, Berlin, Germany.

Zeleke, W. (2014). Ethiopian Adoptees in the US.   The 10th Joint Area Centers Symposium on Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies and Initiatives at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champign, Illinois.

Zeleke, W. (2013). Relational Approach: A parenting tool that help adoptive parents in understanding and healing the whole child.   National Council for Adoption Annual conference, Orlando, Florida.

Zeleke, W. & Polancheck, S. (2012). The Experience of Intercultural Adoption: Content and Theme analysis of an Intercultural Adoptive Parent group.   American Counseling Association, San Francisco, California.

Zeleke, W. (2006). Involving siblings in the intervention program of children with autism.  Annual Autism Conference- Nia Foundation, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zeleke, W. (2015). The Behavioral Health Needs of International Adopted Children: Implication for intervention and service.   North Carolina Parenting Education Annual Conference & Spring Forum, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Zeleke, W. Sommers-Falanagan,J. & Bolder, C. (2015). Top Techniques for Teaching Parents. North Carolina Parenting Education Annual Conference & Spring Forum, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Zeleke, W. (2012). The Effect of Dyads' Hearing Status (Matched or Unmatched) on the Communicative and Affective Behaviors of Infants.   Rocky Mountain Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference. Park City, Utah.

Perry, E. & Zeleke, W. (2013).Dealing with Loss and Grief within International Adoptive Families. Presented at the Graduate Students Research Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Workman, T. & Zeleke, W. (2013). Post Adoptive Depression: A case for Recognition. Paper presented at the Graduate Students Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

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

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

Zeleke, W., Koester, O., Harrar, S., & Bookwalter, J. (2009). Ethiopia Today: Ancient Traditions and New Challenges.  The International Week Festival: University of Montana, Missoula, MT, Missoula, Montana.

Zeleke, W., LeBlond, R., MiVicker, M., & Kruh, F. (2009). Injurious: Effects of Traditional Practices on Girls and Young Women in Niger.   Annual Graduate Research Conference- University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.

Zeleke, W. (2007). Psychological impact of HIV/AIDS on individual and community development in Ethiopia.   Ethiopian Bible Society, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zeleke, W. (2007). Understanding Autism and Helping Children with Autism.   Annual Autism Conference- Nia Foundation, 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

2018: Creative Teaching award: Duquesne University

2017: Diversity award: International Society of Autism Research

2017: Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship

2016: Diversity award, International Society of Autism Research

2015: Presidential Scholarship Award, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

2012:  ACES-Presidential Fellow. American Counselor Education and Supervision Association- Rocky Mountain Region.

2012:  Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships Award. University of Montana.

2012:  American Association of University Women -Missoula Branch (AAUW-Missoula) Scholarship Award. Association of American University Women (AAUS)-Missoula branch.

2010:  Named International Program Scholarship Fund (PEO) Recipient. PEO- International.

2010:  The Ramona Roedl International Award. Soroptimist International - Missoula, MT.

2010:  International students Outstanding Achievement Award. University of Montana.

2010:  Diversity Advisory Council Student Achievement Award. University of Montana.

2010:  Altrusa International Inc of Missoula Scholarship Recipient. Altrusa International Inc. Missoula, MT

2009:  The Presidential Travel Award. University of Montana. Missoula, MT

2009:  Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund scholarship recipient. McNamara Memorial Fund. Washington, D.C.., USA

2008:  International Peace Scholarship Fund (PEO) Recipient. P.E.O. Foundation.

2006:  Netherlands Fellowship Program (NUFFIC) scholarship award. Netherlands Fellowship Program (NUFFIC). Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2005:  Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship. W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION, Salzburg, Austria

Professional Associations

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA)

International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Ethiopian Special Needs Educators Association (ESNEA)

Ethiopian Psychologist Association (EPA)