Peitao Zhu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counseling


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)

Research Interests 

Peitao Zhu joined the NIU faculty in fall 2020. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University. Professor Zhu’s research agenda revolves broadly around the impact of cultural issues on the relational processes within the context of counseling and counselor education. He has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Professor Zhu has published actively and consistently in indexed, competitive counseling and counseling-related journals such as the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and Journal of Constructivist Psychology. Professor Zhu’s current research focused on cultural humility and its implication in counseling and counselor education. Professor Zhu is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has a particular clinical interest in complex trauma.

Recent Publications

Leadership Roles and Awards

  • NYU Steinhardt Faculty-First Look Scholar (2019-2020)
  • ASGW Research Grant (2019)
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research Laura Rice Memorial Student Research Award (2019)
  • NARACES Graduate Student Representative (2017-2019)
  • NARACES Emerging Leader (2018)
  • ASGW Committee Member
  • AARC Committee Member


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, Syracuse University
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • B.S. in Biotechnology, Fudan University
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