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About the Current Team > Aasha Foster

About the Current Team

Aasha Foster

Curriculum Vita

I am a second year Counseling Psychology doctoral student. I'm originally from South Carolina where I earned my BS in Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies from the College of Charleston. Seeking adventure and to sharpen my skills as a mental health practitioner, I moved to NYC to pursue a MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University.  While at NYU I focused my interests on asexuality and other LGBTQ issues while working as a graduate assistant in the NYU LGBTQ Student Center. As a result, Dr. Brewster's team was the perfect fit for my growing interests in mental health and empowerment issues in sexuality and gender diversity.  My research interests span a myriad of issues from broadly  LGBTQ mental health and positive identity development to resilience and posttraumatic growth.  Currently I am focusing on the intersections of asexual identity and ethnic/racial minority identities. In particular, I am interested in the implications of asexuality in challenging the traditional sexuality spectrum, interpersonal relationships, and societal perceptions of "normal" sex lives. In addition to being a student clinician and a lab member, I currently work as a graduate assistant in the Columbia University Office of Multicultural Affairs in the LGBTQA Programming track.  However, when I'm not busy checking email and/or trying to be brilliant, I am typically watching HGTV and mentally building hypothetical houses.