Michael Lau

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Michael Lau

Department Chair

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  • Washington, D.C.
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Michael Lau is the Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at the DC Campus. He received masters and doctorate degrees from Golden Gate University and University of Notre Dame. Trained in counseling psychology and research methodology, his research interests have explored racial and gender identity and mental health, research method, and philosophical issues in psychology. He is published in journals such as The Counseling Psychologist and The American Psychologist.

Dr. Lau is a licensed psychologist in New York and the District of Columbia. Since 2012, he has maintained a part-time private practice working with adults and adolescents in individual and couples therapy. Although he is considered a generalist, he has particular interest and expertise in working with clients dealing with personal, cultural, gender and sexual identity issues in relationships. As a Mandarin speaker, he has worked with underserved clients who are non-English speakers.

Prior to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Lau was a faculty in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is actively involved in national organizations such as the American Psychological Association, and the Asian American Psychological Association. He has served on the editorial board of The Counseling Psychologist and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. Psychology Grinnell College
M.A. Psychology (MFT Emphasis) Golden Gate University
M.A. Counseling Psychology University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology University of Notre Dame
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Delegate National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
Licensed Psychologist, New York
Licensed Psychologist, District of Columbia
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Psychology Subdisciplines - Counseling Psychology
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Interpersonal

Lau, M. Y., & Williams, C. D. (2010). Microaggressions research: Methodological review and recommendations. In D. W. Sue (Ed.) Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics and Impact (pp. 313-336). New York, NY: Wiley.

Lau, M. Y., Cho, R., Chang, J., & Huang, J. (2013). Measurement and methodological issues in social class research: A call for theorization and study. In W. M. Liu (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling (pp. 59-78). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Maxwell, S. E., Lau, M. Y., & Howard, G. S. (2015). Is psychology suffering from a replication crisis? What does “failure to replicate” really mean?. American Psychologist, 70 (6), 487-498.