Nat Newton, Ph.D. is an Anthropologist (University of California, Irvine 2012) and Psychotherapist-in-Training (California State University at Fullerton, Department of Counseling, MFT Program, 2022). Her current interests in psychotherapy include the use of psychotherapeutic reiki and psychoanalysis in healing trauma. She is a certified reiki master practitioner and owner of Luminous Reiki OC, under reiki lineage six generations to the founder of reiki. In 2016, she was a sponsored participant at the UCLA / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium as a postdoctoral research affiliate at UC Irvine.
Her anthropological work on Vietnamese lesbian gender and sexuality won three national honors, including a Fulbright grant and an award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA). She was an invited speaker to the Yale University Council on Southeast Asian Studies in 2017 to present on her original ethnographic research on Vietnamese lesbian community organizing in Saigon. As a progressive activist, she worked on Vietnamese American deportations, sexual violence, LGBT justice, and labor rights and unionization. In 2015, she was the main researcher at SEIU Local 721 for this study on the “High Cost of Living for Adjuncts in Los Angeles.” She proudly served on the Board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) in Los Angeles in 2014-2015.
Her most recent experiences in market research in 2018-2019 included applied skills in quantitative survey design & quality control, using tools such as bipolar attitudinal modeling, conjoint analysis, word cloud analysis, segmentation analysis, SPSS, and Survey Gizmo.
Born and raised in Southern California, Nat Newton’s parents are Vietnamese immigrants, who changed their last names in the 1980s.
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