Saba Rasheed Ali

Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, and Professor of Counseling Psychology

Ali is a professor in counseling psychology and associate dean for research in the UI College of Education. Ali has expertise in career development processes for K-16 students. Ali has coordinated two successful career education program in 12 schools (FICE and HOPE) and has evaluated the effectiveness of these programs (e.g., student outcomes as well as broader systemic impact). The FICE (Future in Iowa Career Education) program was funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. Project HOPE (Health science occupations, preparation, and exploration) was funded by the Roy J. Carver Trust, Greater Muscatine Community Foundation, John Deere Foundation, and the Statewide Governor’s STEM scale up initiative. She serves as PI along with her colleagues (Susan Assouline and Megan Foley Nicpon) on a federal grant ($2.2 million), entitled, Culturally responsive talent identification and career exploration (TICE): An integrative model to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in talented and gifted programs. Sponsored by theU.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act. She is also the PI on two federal grants, ($1.3 million and 1.9 million)sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program. She publishes primarily in career and vocation journals including Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Career Assessment, and Journal of Career Development. In 2017 she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement for Publicly Engaged Research at Iowa. She is also the associate editor of the Journal of Career Assessment. She served as the chair of the Society for Vocational Psychology from 2014-2016.

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Research areas
  • Career development for under-served youth
  • increasing the diversity of Iowa’s health care professionals
  • vocational psychology
  • employment issues
  • career counseling
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