Camilla Nonterah

Assistant Professor of Health Psychology


Dr. Camilla 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 minority populations and is guided by a multicultural framework. Her specific research interests can be summarized in three main areas. A major portion of her work focuses on the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness by examining health disparities and health equity, health behaviors, treatment seeking, and mental health associated with end-stage organ disease and solid organ transplantation. Her second interest focuses on the 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.



Ripley, J.S., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Garthe, R.C., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., Reid, C. A., Van Tongeren, D. R., Voltmer, A., Nonterah, C. W., Cowden, R. G., Coetzer-Liversage, A., Cairo, A., Joynt, S., & Akpalu, B. (in press). Trait forgiveness and dyadic adjustment predict post-natal depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Van Tongeren, D. R., Hook, J. N., Ramos, M. J., Edwards, M., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Davis, D. E., Ruiz, J. M., Reid, C. A., Garthe, R. C., Nonterah, C. W., Cowden, R. G., Opare-Henaku, A., Connelly, R., Omoruyi, O., Nkomo, T. S., Osae-Larbi, J. A. (2017). The complementarity of humility hypothesis: Individual, relational, and physiological effects of mutually humble partners. The Journal of Positive Psychology. 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.

Rosenfeld, E.S., Pearlson, G.D., Sweeney, J. A., Tamminga, C.A., Matcheri, S., K., Nonterah, C., & Stevens, M.C. (2013). Prolonged hemodynamic response during incidental facial emotion processing in inter-episode bipolar disorder, Brain Imaging and Behavior, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s11682-013- 9246-z.

Nonterah, C., Mate-Kole, C. C., Conway, J., & Jones, S. (2010). Racial misidentification and psychopathology among people of African descent. Is there a relationship? Ghana International Journal of Mental Health, 2, 20-54. Retrieved from


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