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Vivian Afi Abui Dzokoto

Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Dzokoto is a Cultural Clinical Psychologist ( a clinical psychologist interested in the way culture influences behavior and mental illness). She currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She has two parallel lines of research:

(1) The Cultural Grounding and Drivers of Money Behaviors (e.g. saving, spending, investing) and the adoption and failure of different forms of payment (e.g. new currencies, fintech) in developing economies.

(2) The Cultural Grounding of Emotion and Psychopathology In West African Settings (e.g. cultural factors and norms shaping the communication (lexicon, proverbs, facial expression), experience, and regulation of affect; cultural factors influencing the understanding, labeling, treatment, and management of mental illness).

Other areas of interest include cultural clinical psychology, anxiety disorders, multicultural competencies in psychotherapy, training for cross-cultural transitions (e.g. pre-and post- departure orientations), and intercultural communication.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • 2005 
    University of Illinois At Urbana Champaign, Clinical Psychology, PhD