Neffisatu J. C. Dambo earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, an M.S. in Counseling and Student Development from Eastern Illinois University, continued her studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a M.S. in Educational Policy Organization Leadership, and finally earned her Ph.D. in Education and Human Performance - Counselor Education Track at the University of Central Florida. Before joining UNLV, she spent six years as a high school counselor, has also served as an advocate, mentor, and volunteer with academic, medical, and not-for profit programs around the world, and is the founder of Genuine Intelligent Respectful Ladies Soaring, a 501(c)(3) holistic organization that advocates for 6th through 12th grade youth. Her research and scholarly interests include: (a) adolescent transitions and retention, (b) program development and evaluation, (c) innovative group counseling approaches for students at-promise, (d) instrument design for special populations, and (e) multicultural advocacy.