I'm Khoa.

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My name is Khoa Nguyen and I am the Counselor/Coordinator for the Math Performance Success Program at De Anza College. I received my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013, a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Health Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2016, and a Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Walden University in 2018. Currently, I am working toward completing my dissertation, the final requirement for the Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Walden. As a counselor, I am here to assist students in their growth and development by constructing meaningful educational plans which are compatible with their life goals. I am also here to support and serve as a resource for students as well as to act as a sounding board for various concerns. It is my goal to foster the development of the well-rounded students who are self-directed, motivated, responsible decision-makers and to encourage the successful completion of degree requirements and timely graduation.



"Your intentions set the stage for what is possible." ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

Besides being a counselor, I am also a researcher and a data analyst. I have served as a graduate research assistant of Dr. Jasmín Llamas since 2015. Together we investigated the impact of faculty match, having a professor of the same ethnicity, on college students’ GPAs and graduation rates. I successfully shared this work at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado and the Division 45 Research Conference in Palo Alto, California in 2016. Currently, I am a member of Dr. Llamas' Research, Education, And Culture in Health (REACH) Lab at Santa Clara University. This lab focuses on investigating educational and health disparities from a cultural perspective.

I believe that an engagement with issues of race, ethnicity and intersectionality is essential to an understanding of our current world. As a gay immigrant of color, I have developed an interest in bringing my understandings of intersectionality into conversations about equity and diversity, a component that is far too often mishandled or ignored altogether. Specifically, I am interested in examining how intersectional identities contribute to our understanding of multiple, interlocking systems of oppression on diverse groups. My long-term research goal is to critically examine racial inequality in higher education and the workplace in order to make equity a vital component of our education system and workforce. I plan to make this the forefront of my call for racial structural changes at institutions and organizations. 



"The most important thing is to remember the most important thing." ~Suzuki Roshi

  • Nguyen, K., Campbell, Y., Garcia, A., & Carrillo, L. (October, 2019). Jumpstart into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): Where are our underrepresented STEM students?. Presented at the 2019 Strengthening Student Success Conference, Burlingame, CA.

  • Llamas, J., Nguyen, K., & Tran, A. (in press). The case for greater faculty diversity: Examining the educational impacts of student-faculty racial/ethnic match. Race, Ethnicity, and Education.

  • Llamas, J. D., Morgan Consoli, M. L., Hendricks, K., & Nguyen, K. Latino/a freshman struggles: Effects of locus of control and social support on intragroup marginalization and distress. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 6(2), 131-148.


  • Llamas, J. & Nguyen, K. (August, 2016). Hidden Contributions of Faculty of Color: Impacts of Racial/Ethnic Matching of Students and Faculty. Poster presented at the 2016 APA annual Convention, Denver, CO.

  • Llamas, J. & Nguyen, K.  (July, 2016). The case for more faculty of color: Educational impacts of racial/ethnic matching of students and faculty. Presented at the Division 45 Research Conference, Palo Alto, CA.

  • Hoffman, M., Hsieh, C., Huang, T., Nguyen, K., Rana, A., & Stringer, J. (April, 2016). How to Increase Data Democracy and Develop a Culture of Inquiry within Faculty and Staff. Presented as the RP Group Award Winner at the 2016 Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group) Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

  • Bricker, L., Choi, S., & Nguyen, K. (March, 2015). Successful Student Services for Hispanics - The University Center & the Associate’s to Bachelor’s (A2B) Program. Presented at the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) 7th Annual Best Practices Conference, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.


Counselor/ Coordinator

Math Success Programs

De Anza College

January 2017 - Present

Retention Specialist

Associate's to Bachelor's Program

Canãda College

April 2014 - October 2015

Research Assistant

Counseling Psychology Department

Santa Clara University

August 2015 - Present

Front Desk Manager

University Housing

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo University

August 2011 - June 2013

Program Coordinator

Associate's to Bachelor's Program

Cañada College

August 2015 - January 2017

Resident Advisor

University Housing

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo University

September 2010 - June 2011



12th Place PreChamp-U.S. National Dancesport Championships (2016)
Santa Clara University’s Research Excellence Grant (2015 – 2016)
6th Place Novice-U.S. National Dancesport Championships (2015)
14th Place PreChamp-U.S. National Dancesport Championships (2015)
School of Education and Counseling Scholarship (2014-2015)
3rd Place Novice U.S. National Dancesport Championships (2014)
11th Place PreChamp-U.S. National Dancesport Championships (2014)
School of Education and Counseling Scholarship (2013 – 2014)
Volmar A. and Viola I. Folsom Scholarship (2012 – 2013)
Outstanding Employee of the Year Award Nominee (2012 – 2013)
Ralph M. Warten Memorial Scholarship (2011 – 2012)
Outstanding Resident Advisor of the Year Nominee (2010 – 2011)
George H. McMeen Scholarship (2010 – 2011)
Dean’s List, College of Science and Mathematics (2010 – 2013)


Professional Affiliations


American Psychological Association


2016 – Present

APA Division 45 Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity & Race

2016 – Present

APA Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology

2016 – Present


Get in Touch

Contact me regarding my published work or any other inquires.

De Anza College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd,

Cupertino, CA95014

Office: S-41A

Work e-mail: nguyenkhoa2@fhda.edu

Personal e-mail: Click here

Office Phone: (408) 864-5664


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