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Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett
Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett, PhD
Adjunct Faculty - School of Psychology
Chicago, IL

amatamonasa@fielding.edu

PhD, Psychology, emphasis in Clinical Psychology
Fielding Graduate University, 2005
 
MA, Psychology, emphasis in Clinical Psychology
Fielding Graduate Institute, 2003
 
BA, Adult Education and Development
DePaul University, 1998
 

Areas of Instruction:

  • Advanced Topics in Multicultural Psychology
 

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

Research Interests
  • Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning
  • Cultural Diversity Issues in Education, Research, Treatment and Assessment
  • Prevention and Treatment of Social Violence
  • Prevention and Treatment of Interpersonal Violence
  • Adolescent Development
  • Identity Development in Bi-racial, Bi-cultural Individuals
  • Theory and Practice of Adult Education
  • Women’s Issues/Feminist Psychology in Theory and Practice
 

Professional Memberships:

  • 2007-present: EAGALA Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
  • 1998-present: American Psychological Association
  • 2001-2003: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 American Psychological Association
 

Honors and Awards:

  • 2005: Ethnic Minority Dissertation Award, Fielding Graduate University School of Psychology
  • 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004: Diversity Scholarship Award. Fielding Graduate University.
  • 2004: Fielding Graduate University Research Grant
  • 2001, 2002, 2003: Nominee, “Excellence in Teaching Award”, DePaul University School for New Learning
  • 2001: American Psychological Association, Division 29, Diversity Award, for “Second Thoughts: The Integration of Cognitive Therapy for Addressing Multiculturalism and Diversity.”
  • 1998: Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, DePaul University
  • 1997: Macrea Scholarship, DePaul University
 

Publications:

  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2011). “The First and Second Coming of White Buffalo Calf Woman.” Chapter In Patricia Monaghan (Ed.) Goddesses in World Culture Volume III. Praeger ABC-CLIO. Santa Barbara, CA. (pp.161-175)
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A, (2011, January). “MEMOIRS : Relationships with animals give our lives hope and meaning” Animals in Print: A book review column centered on Animal-Human relationships. Animal and Human Interaction Research and Practice Newsletter. Section 13, Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association (pp.12-13).
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2011, January). “Reading Horses, Reading People: Improving Social Skills and Awareness Through Equine Assisted Therapy” Animal and Human Interaction Research and Practice Newsletter. Section 13, Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association (pp.7-9).
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A (2010, July) “Shifting Paradigms – Pioneers in the science of animal-human relationships” Animals in Print: A book review column centered on Animal-Human relationships. Animal and Human Interaction Research and Practice Newsletter. Section 13, Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association (p.11).
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2010, January) “Case Studies Show Merit for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Research.” Animal and Human Interaction Research and Practice Newsletter. Section 13, Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association (pp. 17-19).
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2008). “Cherokee.” In Richard T. Schaefer (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (pp. 259-263)
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2008). “Menominee.” In Richard T. Schaefer (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (pp. 890-892).
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. (2008). “Native American Education.” In Richard T. Schaefer (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (pp. 944-947)
 

Presentations:

National Invited Presentations:
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. & Joe Lancia, D.O. EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association National Conference “Using the power and principles of ritual to enhance EAP (Equine Assisted Therapy)Sessions” Layton Utah, 2011 March 9-12.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. Fielding Graduate University National Session Conference “Indigenous Healing and Western Psychology” – with Elder Gregory Askenette (Menominee Nation). Alexandria, VA. 2006 July. 
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. American Psychological Association National Conference Feminism’s Past and Future: Asian and Native American Women: “Shape Shifting; On being minority women and scholars” New Orleans, LA. 2006 August.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. New Directions in American Indian Research Conference “Wounded Warriors; Narratives on Domestic violence from Native American Men” University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 2005 October 8-10.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. “Advanced Topics in Multicultural Psychology: Working with Native American Populations- Issues in Assessment, Research and Clinical Practice.” Fielding Graduate University National Session, Alexandria, VA. 2005 July 14. 
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. “The Dissertation Process: A Survivor’s Story.” Fielding Graduate University National Session, Alexandria, VA. 2005 July 12.
  • Matamonasa, A. “Ritual, Ceremony and Modern Life.” Association for Humanistic Psychology National Conference, Indianapolis, IN. 1999 March.

Regional Invited Presentations: 

  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. Chicago Public Schools Literacy Event (Spring 2009) “Re-thinking Literacy Skills in Cultural Context, Stories are Sacred, Stories are Medicine. Chicago, IL (February, 2009)
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. Lucent Technologies – Diversity Series Presentations “Indigenous Wisdom in the Modern World” 2006 November 14.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A and Benedetto, C., “Supporting Resolve: The significance of Everyday Life opportunities for Women’s Education.” (2006 February). International Women’s Issues and Globalization: Education’s responsibility in Ensuring Women’s rights and progress. Truman College, Chicago, IL.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. “Lewis and Clark through Native Eyes- Sacagawea the Woman Behind the Myth.” College Of DuPage. 2005 March 2.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. “The Enemy Within: Native Americans and Alcoholism.” Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues, Spring Conference. 2004 May 7.
  • Matamonasa-Bennett, A. “The Enemy Within: Addictions, Alcohol and Native Americans.” Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. 2003 November 10.
  • Matamonasa, A. “Diversity Issues and Education: Native Americans and Creating a Culturally Sensitive Curriculum.” District 204. 2002 May 12.
  • Matamonasa, A. “Native American Women.” Colloquium on Women- Women’s History Month, College of DuPage, 1999.
 

Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.
  • Chair Professional Development Committee, Fielding Graduate Univeristy.
  • Fielding Graduate University Alumni Council.
 

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2009-present: Assistant Professor School for New Learning.
  • 2009-present: EAGALA Advanced Certification – EAGALA Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
  • 2008-present: Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
  • 2008-2010: Reins of Change Center for Equine Assisted Growth and Learning- Staff psychologist and treatment team member.
  • 2006-2010: Resident Faculty Instructor and Director Naperville Campus, DePaul University School for New Learning
  • 2005-2008: Consultant in Clinical Psychology–Created and implemented Mental Health Program in Joliet Township High Schools for youth at-risk. Federally funded US Dept. of Education Grant program “Safe Schools Healthy Families” YESS (Youth Experiencing Success in School) initiative. 
  • 2005-2008: Supervisor for group and individual clinical training and clinical supervision, Will County Health Department Youth Services Division- YESS program.
  • 2003-2006: Psychological Services- Private Practice Riverside, IL.
  • 2002-2005: Elected Representative-Recruitment, Retention and Diversity Committee, Fielding Graduate University
  • 2002-2005: Program Coordinator, Native American Studies Program, College of DuPage, Field and Experiential Learning Division.
  • 1999-2005: Core Faculty and Faculty Mentor, DePaul University School for New Learning.
  • 2002-2004: Clinical Psychology Intern- Will County Health Department Forensics and Addictions Division.
  • 1998-2004: Part-time Instructor, Native American Studies Program, College of DuPage.
 
 
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