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 Johnathan Detweiler


Hello, My name is Johnathan Detwiler and I am so excited to be part of the doctoral program in Counselor Education at Indiana State University!

I was born in Northeastern Indiana and have been a lifelong Hoosier since birth. I received my Bachelor's in Psychology, with a Minor in Sociology, from Purdue University. As an undergraduate student, I was able to be involved in various learning opportunities that helped to steer my interest in the counseling profession. Following my undergraduate, Senior capstone course of Introduction to Psychotherapy, I became interested in this broad-field of study. While exploring the myriad of options related to psychotherapy, I was drawn to the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The live-supervision training model, experiential learning opportunities, and CACREP accreditation set Indiana State University apart from other graduate programs.

Prior to and during my doctoral program so far, I have worked at the Grosjean Clinic at University Hall, North Vermillion Jr/Sr High School, and Valley Professionals Community Health Center. My clinical experience has focused on the integration of primary medical care with behavioral healthcare. I am fortunate to work alongside primary medical providers, psychiatric providers, and case managers as part of a well-rounded healthcare team that treats the whole-person.

My research interests relate to the growth and expansion of integrated healthcare services, specifically within underserved areas. Indiana State University has helped me to develop and strengthen my skills as a mental health practitioner, a researcher, and a community leader. The one-on-one engagement with Counselor Education faculty combined with the strong ties to the community have allowed me to grow and develop my research interests.

Behnaz Zamani

Behnaz ZHi, my name is Behnaz Zamani, and I am thrilled to be a doctoral student in Counselor Education. I have had several opportunities to take on leadership roles, and I am the president of the Indiana state chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI).

I was raised in Bloomington, Indiana. I received two bachelor degrees including International Affairs and Psychology. I also have two master’s degrees, one in Education and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have taught at middle and high school settings for two years. As a teacher, seeing struggles that students went through, I became interested in psychology/counseling field. I ended up coming to Indiana State University because of the incredible therapy clinic and live clinic supervision opportunities to pursue a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and now as a doctoral student in Counselor Education.

Prior to and during my doctoral program so far, I have worked at Bloomington Meadows Hospital, where my clinical experience has been focused on related to trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and various other mental health diagnoses, including schizophrenia. I especially love working with children and adults, but have experience working with wide range of ages, presenting concerns and mix of individual and family/relational counseling as well as substance abuse related patients.

Outside of the counseling world, I love spending time with my family. I have a precious daughter. I love being outdoors and trying international food. I like action and thriller movies. With that said, I do not like winters or cold weather. I am fluent in five languages. I am passionate about traveling the world and learning new languages. I have authored/co-authored four Dari Language Textbooks, published by Georgetown University Press.

Jennifer Wallace

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Hello, my name is Jennifer Wallace. I am proud to be part of the doctoral program in Counselor Education at Indiana State University! I am excited for the opportunities that have and will continue to open for me throughout the program.

I have lived in the Wabash Valley area all my life, and I love to call Marshall, IL my home. I graduated high school in Marshall, then continued for my associate's degree in psychology at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL. After that, I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana State University.

After interning at the 14th and Chestnut Center, then later working for Sycamore Service Corps at Mental Health America of Vigo County I knew that counseling was ultimately the direction I wanted to go. I later graduated from Indiana State University’s masters of education program in school counseling in 2018.

Prior to and during my doctoral program I worked as a graduate assistant and interned as a school counselor at all pk-12 levels of an Illinois school district. My clinical experience has been with children and adolescents in a school setting. I have also led non-clinical groups at a residential facility for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. As a graduate assistant, I have taught undergraduate and graduate students where I discovered my passion for teaching.

My interest in counseling and teaching has motivated me to learn more about a wide variety of interests. My research within mental health has primarily centered around self-esteem, motivation, self-efficacy, anxiety, and imposter syndrome. My passion runs deep for the issues affecting individuals through a multicultural perspective including race, class, and gender. My interests in teaching have centered around growth mindset and improving student self-efficacy through openness and positive communication.

Throughout my time in the counselor education program I have enjoyed growth because of encouragement by and direct supervision from faculty. I have gained confidence in my research abilities, writing, counseling, supervision, and teaching.

When I am not wearing my many hats as a doctoral student, I love maintaining a strong work-life balance. One of my favorite things to do is spending time with my son Landon playing video games, swimming, watching YouTube, and going to parks and zoos. I also enjoy time reading, going on trips and adventures with my friends and family, thrift shopping, and working out.

If you are interested in learning more about Indiana State’s counselor education doctoral program I would be more than happy to talk with you. You may reach me by email at