My professional experience and education are diverse and they form the foundation of my thinking, skills and areas of expertise.


Ph.D. Community Health 2007–2011
Dissertation: Examining a Business Community’s Readiness to take on Sustainability
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

M.S.Ed. Mental Health Counseling 2004–2006
University of Miami, FL

B.A. Psychology, Minor in Spanish 2000–2004
Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Executive Director, Fertile Earth Foundation 2015–Present
Miami, FL
– Lead a non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing a diverse composting network throughout the South
– Florida community by connecting people, building healthy soil, and supporting sustainable food systems
– Craft the organization mission, intended impact, theory of change and business plan
– Research composting legal parameters, regulations, and best practices
– Connect and collaborate with local leaders in private, public, and non-profit sectors to support organization

Copyeditor, The Counseling Psychologist 2016–Present
Miami, FL
– Edit scholarly manuscripts for publication in The Counseling Psychologist
– Collaborate with an editing team to ensure timely manuscript publication
– Communicate with authors on substantive revisions for clarity of content and presentation
– Ensure manuscript conforms to APA style

Program Administrator, Elemental Impact 2013 – 2014
Atlanta, GA
–  Administered a national non-profit organization’s platforms and membership
–  Coordinated and attended meetings for sustainability industry leaders and executives
–  Edited articles; compiled research materials
–  Website management and revamp
–  Social Media and communications (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn)
–  Trained and supervised interns
–  Participated in organizations strategic planning and development

Course Coordinator, Human Sexuality 2009 – 2010
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
–  Coordinated and oversaw 8 instructors, 13 sections, and over 800 students
–  Managed course structure including assignments and course content
–  Created exams, lesson plans, and Powerpoint presentations
–  Organized monthly meetings with instructors to problem solve and improve course

Scholar, Human Dimensions of Environmental Studies 2008 – 2009
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
–  Worked collaboratively with interdisciplinary group of scholars developing research ideas
–  Developed and presented individual research
–  Attended presentations on environmental issues

Teaching Assistant, Human Sexuality 2008 – 2009
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
–  Solely responsible for 200 undergraduate students for two semesters
–  Executed lesson plans, including lectures and activities
–  Managed class records including attendance, grades, and relevant student information
–  Worked individually with students to provide guidance and academic advising

Research Team Leader, Summer Research Opportunities Program 2008
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
–  Mentored undergraduate student group on academic goals and research interests
–  Supported research skill building through weekly individual and group meetings
–  Provided programmatic feedback and recommendations at weekly staff meetings
–  Worked collaboratively with students, faculty advisors, and staff

Teaching Assistant, Career Theory and Practice 2007 – 2008
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
–  Solely responsible for two sections of 25 undergraduate students each
–  Prepared and executed lesson plans, including lectures and activities
–  Encouraged and facilitated group discussions
–  Designed, administered, and graded all tests and assignments
–  Maintained class records including attendance, grades, and relevant student information
–  Worked individually with students to provide guidance and academic advising
–  Met weekly with other teachers regarding course objectives, protocol, and innovative ideas
–  Developed a positive and open learning environment for students

Awards & Fellowships

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students 2007 – 2009
University of Illinois Graduate College Fellowship 2006 – 2007
Gormley Student Research Fellowship 2004

Publications & Presentations

Selem, M. (2014, May). Panel Moderator: Zero Waste Southern Style. 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Buki, L. P., & Selem, M. (2012). Health disparities: Issues and opportunities for counseling psychologists. In N. Fouad (Ed.), J. Carter, & L. Subich (Assoc. Eds.), APA handbook of counseling psychology: Vol. 2 Practice, interventions, and applications. (pp. 233-249). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Selem, M. (2009, April). Students and Sustainability. Poster presented at the PlanetU conference, Champaign, Il.

Buki, L. P., & Selem, M. (2009). Cancer screening and survivorship in Latino populations: A primer for psychologists. In F. A. Villarruel, G. Carlo, J. M. Grau, M. Azmitia, N. Cabrera, & T. J. Chahin (Eds.), U.S. Handbook of Latina/o psychology (pp. 363-378). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Selem, M. (2008, August). Educated and struggling: Latino immigrants and social justice. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Selem, M., & Jackson, T. (April, 2006). Reaching out to Hispanic women: examining barriers to therapy and enhancing the therapeutic experience. In Multicultural and feminist critiques of mainstream approaches to diverse populations. Panel presented at the annual conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Ypsilanti, MI.

Selem, M. (2004) Impact of parental loss and family environment on attachment in college students. Poster presented at the Georgia Psychological Association annual convention, Hilton Head, SC.