School Psychology Ph.D. Students

Diana Diakow

Diana Diakow

Office: Skaggs Rm#368
Office Hours:

Monday 10:55 AM – 12:55 PM, Wednesday 9:45 – 10:45 AM, and by appointment (please send me an email at least one business day in advance)

Curriculum Vitae


PSYX 362 Multicultural Psychology (2018-2019)

PSYX 400 History and Systems of Psychology (2017-2018)

Personal Summary

Czesc! I am a second-year School Psychology doctoral student. I am orginally from Poland, where I studied Applied Developmental Psychology and Applied Linguistics with a specialization in English and Arabic at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. Besides that, I also studied Psychology at the European University of Cyprus.

For my BA project, I studied the vocabulary learning strategies among Arab learners of English. I also examined the implicit prejudices towards Arabs among Polish society. My MA project investigated the effects of positive mood on the English vocabulary memorization.

Currently, my research work focuses on exploring humanitarian workers’ perspectives on ways that  psychological services could be provided in refugee camps, as well as ways these interventions could serve Muslim children in a culturally appropriate way. Thus, the goal of my dissertation is to explore humanitarian aid workers' views of refugee children's mental health and resilience. The findings from this qualitative research study will allow me to identify target needs that need to be addressed through the future training programs delivered to humanitarian aid workeres. 

As for my clinical experiences, I collaborated with a number of NGOs and schools in Poland, Slovakia, Ireland, Croatia, Indonesia, and lately in the Ritsona refugee camp, Greece. Specifically, I worked with Syrian, Kurdish, Iraqi and Eritrean refugees, children who experienced sexual trauma, foster families, youths at risk of substance use disorder, children with ASD, and ELLs. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology - expected May 2022

University of Montana, USA

  • Licencjat in Applied Linguistics (Bachelor’s of Arts) - June 2017

Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Specialization in English and Arabic

  • Magister in Psychology (Master of Arts) - June 2016

Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland

  • Specialization in Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Second Language Teaching Licensure - June 2016

Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland

  • Specialization in English as a Second Language


Research Interests

  • mental health of refugee children and youth
  • acculturation
  • multiculuralism
  • well-being of humanitarian workers
  • trauma
  • international school psychology
  • cognition-emotion interactions in the foreign language acquisition

Specialized Skills

  • Polish (native proficiency)
  • English (full professional proficiency)
  • Slovak (full professional working proficiency)
  • Modern Standard Arabic (professional working proficiency)
  • Levantine Arabic (limited working proficiency)
  • German (limited working proficiency)
  • Russian (limited working proficiency)
  • Spanish (elementary proficiency


  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

- Member of the NASP Research Committee
- Member of the NASP Children in Transition Subcommittee

  • American Psychology Association
  • ​Lighthouse Relief International Ambassador




 Since my heart is in the shape of Iceland, I love everything about this piece of land, especially hot springs and elves! I am also a dedicated linguaphile and a world explorer. Apart from being buried in books, I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, dancing, yoga, and pastel drawing.