Neeta Kantamneni, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Neeta Kantamneni’s research interests include contextual influences on career decision-making, multicultural issues, academic development of students from under-represented backgrounds, vocational interests, gender issues, and social justice and advocacy. She is currently working on research projects examining (1) the vocational interests of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, (2) the role of cultural factors on the vocational development of Asian American college students, (3) the academic development of prospective first-generational college students, (4) the career and academic development of students from undocumented backgrounds, and (5) the relationship between perceptions of social class and meritocracy on vocational development.

Kantamneni, in collaboration with Amber Williams, director of the Nebraska Collegiate Preparatory Academy, recently received a grant from the Sherwood Foundation to conduct a mixed-methods study examining the effects of a college preparatory academy in preparing prospective first-generation college students to attend post-secondary institutions.

Kantamneni received her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her Master of Science in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Iowa.