- Downtown Chicago
- Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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I immigrated from China to the U.S. when I was fifteen, received my B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University, M.A. in psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook, and my Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on child and adolescent from DePaul University. Before joining The Chicago School in 2006 as program faculty for the Clinical Psy.D. program, I worked for seven years as a counselor and program manager at Asian Human Services. While there I developed and ran a drop-in center for homeless teens, secured a $150,000 grant from United Way to fund a school based mental health program I developed and ran, as well as provided mental health services to immigrant and refugee children, adolescents, adults and families. I have served as committee member for Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership, Cultural Competence Committee, and as council member for DHS/OMH Chicago Metropolitan Child and Adolescent Network Quality Council. I was also a past board member for Video Machete, a non-profit organization of community activists, artists, students and youth working towards social change via media production and distribution. I have also appeared as an expert on television programs and a video as well as given many presentations that address mental health in the Asian-American community. Currently, in addition to being a fulltime faculty member in the Clinical Psy.D. program at the Chicago school, I have a private practice providing individual, couples and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. I am also a research fellow at New Knowledge Organization http://www.newknowledge.org/home where I engage in applied research with other researchers. Finally, I am an advisor for the Homewood Science Center http://www.homewoodsciencecenter.org/home , where I manage a Kids Advisory Committee consisting of 8 to 12-years-old kids.
- Education History
Degree Institution B.A. in Chemistry Cornell University M.A. in Psychology SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY PhD in Clinical Psychology DePaul University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
- Community Involvement
Organization Past Committee Member, Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership, Cultural Competence Committee Past Council Member, DHS/OMH Chicago Metropolitan Child and Adolescent Network Quality Council Past Board Member, Video Machete, Chicago, IL. A non-profit organization of community activists, artists, students, and youth working towards social change via media production and distribution.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Diversity Cultural Issues Immigration/Immigrant Issues Marriage & Family Divorce Family Therapy Parenting
- Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.
I immigrated to the U.S. at age 15, spoke no English, so I studied chemistry despite an innate interest in the humanities. I remembered taking my first psychology class, which I did poorly, despite all my efforts. Now I wonder if this is because psychology, unlike chemistry, is an embodied and culturally bound field. This experience, in addition to the different realities I encountered in my life made me deeply reflective and contemplative. My teaching philosophy is therefore reflective and contemplative. I question and encourage students to question the assumptions and worldviews underlying the knowledge. I am also aware that students with non-traditional backgrounds might have a different learning curve than traditional students. To apply Piaget's theory of cognitive development to learning, when the materials presented have worldviews and assumptions that parallel the student's, then learning is simple assimilation. But when the materials presented have underlying worldviews and assumptions that differ from the student's, then learning takes longer and require greater effort as accommodation is first needed.
Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
Psychology is a helpful tool to the acquisition of wisdom for living. The danger is to mistaken psychological knowledge for wisdom, words for truths.
Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
I have always been interested in truly understanding all that is involved in being human. I am interested not just in acquiring knowledge, but also wisdom for living. I thought in addition to hopefully living to a ripe old age, psychology may be another way for me to gain knowledge and wisdom into the human condition.
What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
I would encourage students to keep an open mind, examine their assumptions and worldviews, and question the assumptions and worldviews of the knowledge they are presented. Most importantly, I would encourage students to remember that becoming a competent psychologist is a long path with many large and small challenges. These challenges are essential to the development of a psychologist. Consequently, it is important that students find ways to manage the stress generated by the challenges so that they do not avoid the challenges.
- Professional Skills
anxiety, behavior therapy, child psychology, cultural issues, diversity issues, family therapy, immigrant populations, marriage and divorce, parenting, psychotherapy, stress