Dr. Sim is primarily interested in multicultural counseling, and making therapy more
accessible for minority populations in the US, and populations outside of North America.
As most mainstream psychotherapy approaches are developed in mainstream Western cultures,
there are significant limitations when conducting culturally sensitive psychotherapy
populations. Dr. Sim has studied dream work and spirituality as potentially helpful
tools to make therapy more accessible for minority and international populations.
Another major theme in Dr. Sim’s research concerns the mental well-being of helping
professionals, who work in different settings with populations in need, and may experience
stress and burnout as a result of helping those who have experienced trauma and stressful
life experiences. Dr. Sim approached this research topic from the perspectives of
sustainability and positive psychology, studying factors that contribute to thriving
and coping strategies in this population, as well as those factors that lead to stress
Dr. Sim teaches Advanced Multicultural Counseling, Counseling Techniques, and Cross-cultural
Sim, W., Zanardelli, G., Loughran, M., Mannarino, M., & Hill, C. (2016). Thriving, Burnout,
and Coping Strategies of Early and Later Career Counseling Center Psychologists in
the United States. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29:4, 382-404.
Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Krinock, E., Sim, W., & Hamilton, D. (2016). How religious beliefs and practices influence the psychological
health of catholic priests. American Journal of Men's Health, 10, 318-324.
Zanardelli, G., Sim, W., Mannarino, M, Loughran, M., & Hill, C. (2015). College counseling center psychologists
in the united states: career paths and advice to new psychologists. Journal of Human
Understanding and Counseling, 36, 61-73.
Zanardelli, G., Sim, W., Borges, N., & Roman, B. (2015). Well-being in first year medical students. Academic
Psychiatry, 39:1, 31-36.
Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Hamilton, D., Mannarino, M., Sim, W., & St Jean, M. (2014). A qualitative study of mental health help-seeking among
catholic priests. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 17:7, 741 – 757.