Saba Rasheed Ali's research while affiliated with University of Iowa and other places

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In the present paper, we join the current dialogue in the field of vocational psychology regarding how neoliberal economic trends across the world have influenced the development of theory and approaches to vocational psychology. We propose an alternative perspective, that viewing career development from an economic justice lens, can provide an alt...
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The dominant narrative in much of the world, but especially the West, is that public safety and security are provided by policing. Psychotherapy invests in this dominant narrative via its reliance on emergency services provided by the state, such as 911 and police, to pursue the safety of clients and the larger society. However, the long-documented...
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First-generation college students (FGCS), nearly 50% of which identify as Hispanic, are an underserved population. The psychosociocultural theoretical framework posits that individual, environmental, and cultural factors contribute to the academic success of Hispanic students. This study examined the relationship between these factors (i.e., demogr...
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The present study discusses a pilot intervention for youth in a predominantly Latinx rural community in the U.S. The intervention incorporated multimodal creative activities into the social cognitive career theory-based healthcare career program. Participants (N=75) were assessed for healthcare career self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and intere...
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The purpose of this preliminary study was to examine the indirect effects of social cognitive career variables (healthcare career [HC] self-efficacy and outcome expectations) in the relationship between youth sociopolitical development (SPD) and HC interests. Bootstrapping analysis was conducted using samples of eighth grade students ( N = 139) att...
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This study introduces a new construct to the literature that may impact students’ entrance into postgraduate programs: postgraduate school application self-efficacy. Although previous scholars have explored the admissions processes for a variety of disciplines and have developed a measure for graduate education self-efficacy, no measure has been de...
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The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic changes to employment around the globe. In the present article, we identify four emerging impacts of the pandemic and how career development professionals might respond through policy and practice. Specifically, we focus on four distinct but related domains: unemployment, worker mental hea...
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The various types of feminisms around the world have implications for the way oppression is defined and what can be done to resist it. This article explores common dilemmas within transnational feminism regarding the policing of women’s bodies, particularly as it affects Muslim women from the global South. This can be an especially important issue...
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Free full text until 12/7/19: --- https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Zwoc1LiD2-ffG --- Background: Recovery capital represents client strengths associated with substance use disorder (SUD) recovery. Employment is part of recovery capital supporting long-term recovery. However, employment recovery capital (ERC) factors associated with SUD recovery are...
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In this contribution, we provide a critical analysis of the current status of vocational psychology and present an expansive vision for the future. We begin with an overview of the importance of vocational psychology in the history of The Counseling Psychologist, followed by a critical review of contemporary theory, research, practice, and training...
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Vocational psychologists have predicted the utilization of telepsychology in career interventions, yet vocational research have not capitalized on this modality. The purpose of this article is to describe how telepsychology could be used effectively in vocational psychology research to expand the reach and application of the field’s scholarship to...
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This quasi-experimental investigation tested whether adding a sociopolitical development (SPD) component to an Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994) based career intervention program, Project HOPE (Ali, Brown, & Loh, 2017) was more effective than a Project HOPE- SCCT only intervention among a group of 8th grade student...
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As reports increase of scandals and unethical behavior in Western corporations and organizations, public faith in leadership has declined, indicating the need for a reevaluation of what makes a good leader. We propose a transformational style of ethical leadership, supplemented by traditional Indian values, for leadership that focuses on duty, self...
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Project HOPE comprises a health science career pipeline program based in social cognitive career theory. The program aims to promote health science career exploration for rural and Latino middle school students while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of achieving in math and science subjects. The authors conducted 2 studies to evaluate Proj...
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Identity formation is considered as a key factor in the conceptualization of life satisfaction (LS). Recent volatility in labor markets has negatively influenced college students? LS and attending to the relationship between their career identity (CI) and LS has become important for career researchers and counselors. The purpose of this study is to...
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This article provides an overview of 47 empirical studies of social cognitive career theory (SCCT) and recent SCCT-based models with a focus on social class and socioeconomic status (SES). We summarize the findings across the studies according to (1) the use of social class or SES as a study variable and (2) low-SES samples based on demographic dat...
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Religious discrimination in the workplace has received little attention in the research. The present study is an exploratory study that investigated the impact of workplace discrimination on a self-selected sample of diverse Muslim women living across the United States (N = 129). The results of this study revealed that workplace discrimination, job...
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This study used social cognitive career theory (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, ) to investigate the career development of 9th-grade students living in 2 rural communities with large numbers of Latino immigrants. Participants (55.3% Latino) responded to measures of vocational skills self-efficacy, career decision outcome expectations, career aspirations, a...
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Recent challenges to counselor education and the ACA Code of Ethics (American Counseling Association, 2005) provided impetus for this article, which is focused on how 3 major Western religions address counseling and counselor training with diverse clients. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim perspectives are highlighted as related to counseling and train...
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Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is thriving; however, scant empirical research has investigated how ASD manifests in high ability youth. Further research is necessary to accurately differentiate high ability students with ASD from those without the disorder, and thus decrease the risk of misdiagnosis. The purpose of the present study is...
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Drawing upon semi-structured interviews with 10 self-identified atheist men in the American Midwest, this qualitative study explored their perspectives regarding atheism, gender, and feminism. The data was analyzed using consensual qualitative research methodology (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997). Results indicated these men had a proclivity for...
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Unemployment is a stark reality in today’s economic climate, and many Americans report a fear of loss or decrease in social status as a result of unexpected unemployment. Despite vocational psychology’s emphasis on work as a domain of life, very little exploration on how social class shifts impact workers has been conducted. One way to rectify the...
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Yoder, Snell, and Tobias (2012) present an important study linking feminist beliefs with liberation with well-being for a group of predominantly White college-enrolled women. In this reaction to their work, the authors discuss how we can use the results of this study to further develop the concept of liberation and feminist beliefs for diverse wome...
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From a critical psychology perspective, Prilleltensky and Nelson advocate for research that has explicit focus on social change and can allow for full participation and empowerment of those under study. The current article describes the collaborative development, implementation, and evaluation of a career education program within three ethnically a...
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Vocational psychologists and career theorists have articulated the importance of social support in the development of career plans for high school youth. More recently, Lent, Brown, and Hackett carefully articulated the location of contextual supports in the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) framework. However, there is a paucity of research ex...
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We provide a brief overview of Muslim college students and the issues they face on campus. Specific practical suggestions are given on what student affairs professionals can do to combat hostility toward Islamic religious groups through the use of dialogue and to create safe spaces for Muslim students to engage in spiritual exploration.
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Jews and Muslims represent 2 unique cultural groups that have been relatively under-examined by multicultural counseling scholars. In this article, the authors review the recent literature on Jews and Muslims, synthesize and discuss the commonalities across these 2 groups, provide some recommendations for counseling members of these populations, an...
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Although social class plays a salient and significant role in career development and occupational attainment, social class is underrepresented in vocational psychology theory, scholarship, and practice. Vocational psychologists are in a unique position to meet the career development needs of persons from all social classes by integrating a fuller u...
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the contributions of several social cognitive career theory (SCCT) factors in predicting the career aspirations of a group of high school students living in the central part of rural Appalachia. Sixty-three high school students completed measures assessing their vocational/educational self-efficac...
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Even though many applied psychology programs embrace a philosophy of social justice, faculty members and trainers are often faced with the practical struggle of implementing a social justice training agenda. This article discusses both the theoretical and practical aspects of implementing a social justice training agenda in applied psychology progr...
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This qualitative investigation explored a relatively understudied aspect of cultural diversity: feminism and religion in the lives of religiously diverse women. More specifically, structured interviews were used to investigate views of religion, women's issues, gender roles, culture, and feminism for a small group of Muslim and Christian women livi...
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This study investigates the relationship between postsecondary aspirations and vocational/educational self-efficacy beliefs, outcome expectations, perceived educational barriers, and sources of support among a sample of rural Appalachian high school students. Using Social Cognitive Career Theory as the theoretical framework, vocational/educational...
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An examination of social cognitive career theory (SCCT; R. W. Lent, S. D. Brown, & G. Hackett, 1994, 2000) factors contributing to the college expectations of high school students (N = 87) in rural Appalachia was conducted. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed support for the role of SCCT variables in predicting expectations to attend...
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The emancipatory communitarian approach to vocational development is congruent with previous calls to counseling psychologists to be oriented to social justice in their research and practice. However, even in the current emancipatory communitarian approach, an implicit upward mobility bias favors some vocations. To help understand how to better app...
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Relationships between contextual support, perceived educational barriers, and vocational/educational self-efficacy and outcome expectations were examined for a group of 114 ninth graders from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Results of this exploratory pilot study indicated that sibling and peer support accounted for a significant amount of varianc...
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How familiar are you with the religion and cultural aspects of Islam and with Muslim clients? As a psychologist, you likely will work with a Muslim client, given the growing number of Muslims in America. Yet very little psychological research or literature discusses Muslim clients or their experiences. This article provides some foundational inform...
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In this article, the current state of multicultural vocational research on family of origin issues are evaluated and assessed based on Whiston and Keller’s review. Previous calls to researchers are highlighted and suggestions are provided for future vocational researchers engaging in multicultural studies.
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This chapter discusses situations where the therapist of color is on the receiving end of racism and addresses the following question: How do we react to and address racism directed at us by our clients, supervisors, and supervisees? Each of the seven authors describes a vignette of a powerful experience with racism, as well as how he or she respon...
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Social class is an important cultural construct, but it is poorly used in research. Problems in using social class may be associated with its poor definition in previous studies; conflating between social class and socioeconomic status; using objective indices such as income, education, and occupation rather than subjective measures; regarding soci...

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... Despite significant political, social, religious and ethnic differences across the two national contexts, students from both samples expressed awareness of social and economic inequality in their countries and endorsed the importance of hard work. The Western neoliberal ideology that emphasizes personal success, hard work and opportunities for all is common in the US (Ali et al., 2022;Howard, 2010) and was previously documented among Israeli adolescents (Cinamon & Hason, 2009). While some students in our study recognized the limitations of hard work, others felt that those who do not succeed have not worked hard enough. ...
... Students exposed to the sociopolitical development condition showed significant gains in healthcare career interests relative to the other participants; there were no changes in healthcare career outcome expectations or self-efficacy expectations in either condition, nor were there differences in outcomes as a function of ethnic minority status. In another study, Ali and colleagues (Ali et al., 2021) investigated direct and indirect relations between sociopolitical development and healthcare career interests, self-efficacy, and outcome expectations among ethnic minority and White eighth graders. They found that for Youth of Color, sociopolitical development was directly related to healthcare career interests, with no indirect effects via healthcare career self-efficacy or outcome expectations. ...
... Adolescence offers a key window to promote students' interest in and self-efficacy-a person's belief in her or his ability to organize and perform the actions required to reach a desired goal-to pursue health science careers (Ali et al., 2019;Bandura, 1982;Garrison et al., 2021;Glessner et al., 2017;Hernandez et al., 2013;Ozer and Bandura, 1990). As a result of developmental changes, adolescents experience new attractions, motivations, and desires for novel experiences, making adolescence an important time for learning, adaptation, and goal setting (Giovanelli et al., 2020). ...
... People were instructed to avoid physical interaction outside of their household, which limited the opportunity for face-to-face socialization for many people. These changes had significant consequences for how people experienced the world around them, and their careers in particular [46]. ...
... The Muslim religious doctrine shapes the institutional structure, social norms, and gender hierarchies (Pirmasari 2021). In contrast with the Latin American region, in Muslim countries, women are highly limited in their decisions since they are considered a father or husband's property, including their children (Heshmati, Rasheed Ali, and Pitre 2021). Therefore, women do not have freedom of choice in their lives, and they are forced to subjugate to their husband's or fathers' desires (Haque et al. 2020). ...
... In contrast to the limited emphasis on social justice in clinical psychology, counseling psychology programs often aim to promote social justice goals through multicultural education and advocacy training (Ali et al., 2008;Baranowski et al., 2016;Field et al., 2019;Sanabria & DeLorenzi, 2019). For example, Hays and colleagues (2007) explored counselors' experiences of privilege and oppression in the context of the therapeutic relationship to understand how to better provide multicultural education and training to students. ...
... In the context of COVID-19, the remote aspects of the groups were reported by youth participants to facilitate social connectedness to others, during a time when many youths spent little time outside the home due to regional stay-at-home orders, and thus lacked the physical spaces, such as those in school, to interact and socially connect with peers. It is possible that telehealth methods are beneficial for other groups of youth that remain socially isolated regardless of the pandemic, such as those living in more rural areas with smaller numbers of newcomer immigrant families (Goodridge & Marciniuk, 2016;Martyr et al., 2019;Stewart et al., 2020). ...
... Although employment may affect SUD treatment and recovery, research on this issue would benefit from assessing the more granular work environment features instead of only broad employment features. A study by Sahker et al., (2019) illustrates why this is important. These researchers analyzed data from 8,925 individuals who participated in various publicly-funded SUD treatment modalities in Iowa. ...
... In the 21st century world of work, people are facing new challenges to managing the complexity of their careers and lives [1][2][3][4]. Nowadays, workers have to cope with more frequent career transitions, experiencing higher flexibility and insecurity in working life [5,6], which also has negative effects on their emotional and relational well-being [7][8][9][10][11]. Furthermore, organizational environments are becoming more fluid and unstable, delegating the development of career paths to workers [12,13]. ...
... Varghese et al. integrated urbanisation theory with regional economic development theory, human capital theory with vocational education development theory, and multiple intelligences theory with modern employment theory, and adopted the methods of normative and empirical combination, and qualitative and quantitative combination, supplemented by literature research and comparative research to discuss the development of vocational education in the process of urbanisation [7]. Allen et al. used modern econometric methods to establish a model reflecting the relationship between secondary vocational education and regional economic development [8]. ...