Zach Blount was born and raised in Sewanee and is a recent graduate (2016) of Davidson College (Davidson, NC) where he obtained his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in South Asian Studies. While at Davidson College, he pursued his academic interests by working at Broughton Hospital with the Davidson-Broughton Study Program, as a research assistant in Davidson’s Cognitive Psychology Lab, and as a Neuropsychological Tester in Davidson’s Cognitive Aging Lab. Furthermore, Zach cites his study abroad experiences in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal as inspirations for his growing interests in psychology and historical and cultural studies.
Through the many conversations he has had with others during his travels, studies, and research experiences, Zach has developed a passion for research and practice involving stories of personal struggle and resilience. He was a post-baccalaureate research assistant with the Life Paths Research Center, and believes that by attempting to understand personal narratives and experiences, Life Paths can positively change how psychologists conceptualize and treat those who have experienced trauma and adversity. When Zach isn’t studying or researching, you can find him on stage singing and playing music with his band The Culprits, enjoying a good raw oyster on the half shell, or dreaming about one day building a sailboat. Zach plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental and/or Clinical Psychology in the near future.