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Dr. Camilla  Nonterah
Dr. Camilla Nonterah
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Nonterah is a counseling psychologist by training whose research and clinical interests focus on behavioral medicine. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology residency at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston Consortium and earned her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Nonterah’s research focuses primarily on physical and mental health in underserved groups and minoritized populations and is guided by a multicultural framework. Most of her work focuses on the psychosocial aspects of end-stage organ disease and solid organ transplantation by examining health disparities and health equity, health behaviors, treatment seeking, and mental health in this area. She is also interested in impact of culture and race on mental and physical health by examining contributors to poor health and psychological dysfunction. Dr. Nonterah’s third area of research examines positive health behaviors from a positive psychology perspective, particularly within an African context and through cross-cultural comparisons.

Dr. Nonterah has published in several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the American Journal of Transplantation, Patient Education and Counseling, Progress in Transplantation, and the Journal of Black Psychology, presented talks and posters at national conferences such as the American Transplant Congress and American Psychological Association. She has received grants such the Faculty Development Research Grant from the American Society of Transplantation, and the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust Award.

Grants and Fellowships

Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research

This $100, 000 award funds Dr. Nonterah’s research on barriers in access to organ transplants. The goal of this research project is to help reduce disparities in access to kidney transplantation, especially for kidney patients from minoritized backgrounds by improving ways of identifying those at risk for experiencing problems. This award supports two student summer fellowships to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop strong research skills and provides post-doctoral fellowship training for a year.

American Society of Transplantation/Mallinckrodt Faculty Development Clinical Science

This $50, 000 award funds Dr. Nonterah’s research which seeks to develop a culturally relevant, psychometrically sound measure for identifying high-risk kidney patients who experience difficulties in accessing kidney transplantation, including being able to administer the measure in both English and Spanish.


Nonterah, C.W. (2024). Systems connected to inequities in access to kidney transplantation and the value of intersectionality [Special Issue: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion]. Transplant International, 37(11658).

Nonterah, C. W., Utsey, S.O., Gupta, G. Wilkins, S.*, & Gardiner, H. M. (2023). Access to renal transplantation: A nominal group technique study with patients who identify as Black or African and transplant professionals. Progress in Transplantation, Advance online publication.

Coleman, J. A., Nonterah, C. W., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Phills, C.& Jacobson, K. (2021). A cross-species examination of pro-White color bias using a novel implicit association test.  Anthrozoös. Advance online publication.

Jesse, M., Hansen, B., Bruschwein, H., Chen, G., Nonterah, C., Peipert, J., Dew, M.A, Thomas, C., Ortega, A., Balliet, W. Ladin, K., Lerret, S. Yaldo, A., Coco, T. Mallea, J. (2021). Findings and Recommendations from the Organ Transplant Caregiver Initiative: Moving Clinical Care and Research Forward. American Journal of Transplantation, 21 (3) 950-957.

Osei-Tutu, A., Osafo, J., Anum, A., Appiah-Danquah, R., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Chen, Z. J., Cowden, R.G., & Nonterah, C. W. (2020). Is cultural adaptation needed beyond using Christian-accommodated reach forgiveness psychoeducational group intervention in Ghana? An efficacy study comparing a Christian-accommodated version against a version accommodated by Christian and cultural adaptations. Spirituality in Clinical Practice. 7(2), 73–88.

Nonterah, C.W., & Traino, H. M. (2019). Pre-Transplant Evaluation Completion for Black/African American Renal Patients: Two Theoretical Frameworks. Patient Education & Counseling, S0738-3991(19), 30485-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.11.005. 

Nonterah, C.W., Marek, R.J., & Borchardt, J. J. & Balliet, W. (2019). The impact of alexithymia on organ transplant candidates' quality of life: The mediating role of depressive symptoms. Psychological Reports. Advance online publication. 

Traino, H. M., West, S. M., & Nonterah, C. W., St Clair Russell, J., & Yuen, E. (2017). Communicating about Choices in Transplantation (COACH): Results of a pilot test using matched controls. Progress in Transplantation, 27, 31-38. doi:10.1177/1526924816679844 

Nonterah, C. W., Garthe, R. C., Reid, C. A., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Griffin, B. J. (2016). The Impact of stress on fluctuations in Relational Humility as couples transition to parenthood. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 276–281. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.016 

Worthington, E. L., Jr., Griffin, B. J., Toussaint, L. L., Nonterah, C. W., Utsey, S. O., & Garthe, R. C. (2016). Forgiveness as a catalyst for psychological, physical, and spiritual resilience in disasters and crises. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 44, 152-165.  

Traino, H. M., Nonterah, C. W., Gupta, G., & Mincemoyer, J. (2016). Living kidney donors' information needs and preferences. Progress in Transplantation, 26, 47-54. doi:10.1177/1526924816633943 

Traino, H.M., Nonterah, C. W., Cyrus, W. J., Gillespie, A., Urbanski, M., & Adair-Kriz, M. (2015). Disparities in the completion of steps to kidney transplantation: A protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open, 5, 1-4. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008677. 

Nonterah, C. W., Hahn, N. C., Utsey, S. O., Hooks, J., Abrams, J.A., Hubbard, R., & Opare-Henaku, A. (2015). Fear of negative evaluation as a mediator of the relation between academic stress, anxiety and depression in a sample of Ghanaian college students. Psychology and Developing Societies, 27, 125-142. doi:10.1177/0971333614564747. 

Cole, N. N., Nonterah, C. W., Utsey, S. O., Hooks, J., Hubbard, R., Opare-Henako, A., & Fischer, N. (2014). Predictor and moderator effects of ego-resilience and mindfulness on the relationship between academic stress and psychological well-being in a sample of Ghanaian college students. Journal of Black Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0095798414537939. 

Nonterah, C. W., Jensen, B. J., Perrin, P. B., Stevens, L. F., Cabrera, T. V., Jimenez-Maldonado, M., & Arango-Lasprilla, J. C. (2013). The influence of TBI impairments on family caregiver mental health in Mexico. Brain Injury, 27, 1287-1293. doi:10.3109/02699052.2013.812243.


Worthington, E. L., Jr., Nonterah, C. W., Utsey, S. O., Griffin, B. J., Carneal, C. C., Cairo, A. H., Osei-Tutu, A., Cowden, R. G., Pillay, B. J., Kardio, K. K., & Germer, L. S. (2019). Forgiveness Research in Africa: The Present Status and Future Prospects. In E. L. Worthington, Jr. & N. G. Wade (Eds.), Handbook of forgiveness, 2nd ed. (pp. 223-233). New York, NY: Routledge.

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University 2017
Counseling Psychology
M.A., Central Connecticut State University 2009
General Psychology
B.A., Concordia College 2005
Contact Information
203-A Richmond Hall
(804) 289-8128
Areas of Expertise
Health disparities
Multicultural and cross-cultural aspects of mental and physical health
Psychosocial aspects of chronic illness
Solid organ transplantation
Positive psychology