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Simoni Zarkada


I am a second-year graduate student at the Counseling Psychology Program, working under the guidance of Professor Chris Napolitano and Professor James Rounds. I am originally from Athens, Greece. Before joining the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, I earned my BSc in Psychology with honors at the University of Athens, Greece and a minor in Communication at Deree, The American College of Greece. I also had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at the University of Virginia with a full scholarship.

My research interests generally focus on positive psychology. I have been a teaching assistant for the course EPSY 420 “Theories of Psychotherapy” and the course EPSY 220 “Career Theory and Practice”.

In my free time, I enjoy exercising, travelling and trying out new restaurants."


EPSY 220: Career Theory and Practice (EPSY 220) Various behavioral science theories will be covered (e.g., person-environment interaction, decision-making, group dynamics, stereotype threat, personality traits). Discussions of research findings to applied career practices will also be included. Students will develop a working-knowledge of these theories through interactive lectures, guided class discussions, case-based readings, and group activities that require them to think critically and flexibly about theory in order to generate solutions for real-world problems.

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