About Me

Personal //

BORN IN MARYLAND AND RAISED IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, life in my neighborhood of Lincolnia was certainly different than where I am now. I grew up as a child of Vietnam refugees and Naval war veteran, and so the shift from the educational milieus of Jeb Stuart to Johns Hopkins was already stark. I eventually left the East Coast and found my way to Minnesota for graduate school in 2013--and I haven't left! Rather, I've moved farther north to a colder winter, from UMN's Minneapolis campus to Duluth; nonetheless, I savor the opportunity to take in the four unique seasons. I've slowly gotten acquainted with Midwest culture and have fallen in love with all the natural landscapes and weaves of wildlife & city life offered by the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Aside from going on "hikes" (it's the Minnesotan term for "walking outside"), I also enjoy bike commuting... except up the Duluth hillside. I like food. Period. My continual search for homey Southeast Asian cuisine in Minnesota is insatiable. Maybe I'll try learning how to cook someday. That aside, I can get really, really, almost-naggingly curious about nearly anything on--and off of--Earth. Tangents and a good (or even better--a bad) play on words make me laugh. I appreciate authentic streams of consciousness, even over my tendencies to organize. The most ironic parts of me are that despite all of my technology-related work, I have managed to avoid all social media. Also, my Zen room has more items than anywhere else in my home.

Professional //

BEFORE ENTERING THE FIELD OF PSYCHOLOGY, I had post-baccalaureate stints in teaching algebra, training as a Registered Yoga Teacher, and working in the fields of environmental health, public health, and epidemiology. At some point, I realized that the values of inclusivity and curiosity that drive me could themselves be a career--and a great one, at that. Service as a counseling psychologist and professor is seriously the best combination of everything the third-grade version of me wanted to be "when I grew up": an author, a teacher, a doctor, and a detective. Career-wise, I couldn't ask for more.
I strongly believe in a balance of science and practice, and I'm glad to be in a department that exemplifies that integration. Across my research, teaching, mentorship, and clinical domains, I prefer process and practice over perfection. I see learning about oneself as a necessary precursor to learning about and serving others. My hope is that community-engaged individuals, students, can take what they learn and apply it to their own lives and the lives of those they encounter. I have an open-door policy, so I welcome any questions, concerns, or casual "hello's." Ultimately, my goal is to have two dogs, one medium-sized and one small.
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CV //

Viann Nguyen-Feng CV

Core Affiliations //

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Courses Taught //


Ongoing Courses

Multicultural Foundations in Counseling/Clinical PsychologyAssessment II: Personality and Diagnostic AssessmentInternship in Psychology(Ab)normal PsychologyAdvanced Statistics IIDirected InstructionDirected Research

Previous Courses

Psychology as a Discipline and ProfessionIntroduction to Counseling PsychologyPsychology of Stress and TraumaSee RCMDR Guide that was co-written for Introduction to Research Methods:https://z.umn.edu/RCMDRguide
“Maybe, in the long run, my widely divergent activities and those of my students have created better chances of survival--like dandelions, not little cultivated plants in a garden.” -Carolyn Attneave, PhD