Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Analeigh Dao came to the U.S. in 2012 to obtain her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2016 with a B.A. in psychology. During her undergraduate years, Analeigh was involved in several research labs, as well as clinical positions, thus became interested in having a career in both research and clinical practice. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Colorado State University under the guidance of Dr. Michael Steger.
Analeigh is interested in the relationship between humans and nature, specifically how certain types of natural environments affect humans’ psyche and behaviors. For her master’s thesis, she is exploring how exposure to degraded nature (e.g., deforestation, drought) influences people’s thoughts about mortality and behaviors towards their outgroups. Her clinical interests include diversity issues, more specifically gender, racial and ethnic issues, and international students. During this academic year, Analeigh is working as a therapist in training at the CSU Health Network Counseling Services.