Mandy L. Kellums Baraka PhD

Assistant Professor of Counseling, Huntington University

Mandy Kellums Baraka is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been counseling children, adolescents, young adults, and families since 2012.  Prior to moving to Illinois, Mandy spent 10 years in South Asia consulting with schools, local and expatriate families regarding the educational and overall well-being of children and adolescents.  She specializes in working with issues of grief and loss, transition, as well as self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other related issues.  Mandy is currently on the faculty of Huntington University where she enjoys teaching and supervising graduate students as they grow in their professional counseling identities. She has found that it is educationally important for her students who may have lived most of their lives in a middleclass, mid-western setting, to see what many sisters and brothers endure around the world; the impact poverty has on well-being; and an up-close-and-personal look at resiliency in the lives of people. This teaching and learning voyages have impacted her research.