Helping Zach Become a Psychologist

In the fall of 2018, I began raising money to help me reach my ultimate goal of completing my education to become a  psychologist, and provide clinical services to underserved populations. As someone living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities, who has personally had to navigate the mental health care system, I saw a need for providers who could understand and provide culturally competent care. I went back to school for psychology and substance abuse counseling with the long term goal of completing my PhD, after many years of my own personal struggle with my health and finally receiving the treatment I needed to get better, motivated by the desire to help others and fill in part of the gap of culturally competent care currently left in our healthcare system.  Later, after hearing from multiple professors that I would be well suited for research and seeing the lack of consideration for trans people in research studies and the subsequent impact on quality of care for the trans community, I also set my sights on conducting research on and for the trans community. Everything I do in my studies and training is with the goal of creating a more equitable and compassionate healthcare system for all. It is my life mission to serve those who have historically been harmed or ignored and underserved by the healthcare system, both in clinical work and in research.

With the support of my community, I have made great strides towards these long term goals. Every semester since I returned to school, I have been on the Dean's List. In the fall of 2019, I earned a 4.0 while balancing 15 credit hours for the first time. I have become an undergraduate student affiliate member of the American Psychological Association, earned my licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, became a McNair scholar and worked as a research assistant in the Human Rights and Social Context Lab under the supervision of Dr. Anjali Dutt here at the University of Cincinnati, and became a recipient of the Carolyn Kelly Memorial Education Fund scholarship, a scholarship granted to individuals who are likely to make a significant positive impact in their communities. I have also worked at the Institute for Policy Research in data collection on public health surveys and worked as teaching assistant for the Cognitive Psychology course here at the University of Cincinnati with Dr. Shyan-Norwawlt.

None of this would have been possible without the support of my community, who has helped me financially during this time as I pursue my goals. I have made great strides in the last year and a half because of everyone's support. Now, I am asking for your help to continue these efforts.

All funds will go towards meeting living, academic, and professional expenses, while I work on my bachelor's degrees in psychology and substance abuse counseling. Examples of where these funds will go include groceries, medical expenses such as doctor visit fees and prescription co-pays, toiletries and household supplies, transportation, professional clothing and other professional expenses, academic supplies, and tuition not covered by financial aid.

If you would like to learn more about me, my background, and my credentials, you can read more at my website . You can also find other ways to support me here .

Thank you so much for your support. May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during these difficult times.


Zach Reinstatler


  • Christie Johnson 
    • $5 
    • 4 mos
  • Irene Musgrove 
    • $10 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $5 (Offline)
    • 6 mos
  • Yuki Mizoguchi 
    • $20 (Offline)
    • 6 mos


Zachary Finnegan Reinstatler 
Cincinnati, OH
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