Graduate Students


Julie, Adam, Xiang, Claire, Goldy Gopher, Christine, and Anne (l-r) attending the 2017 Asian American Psychological Association in Las Vegas. 

Current graduate students who are working in the Familee Lab

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Qurat-ul-ain Gulamhussein: Qurat-ul-ain is a first-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from Stony Brook University, New York, majoring in Psychology and minoring in English and Middle Eastern Studies. She is interested in how the intersection between religious and ethnic identity impacts well-being in minority groups. (Also enjoys creative writing, historical fiction, and travel!)


Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla: Ummul is a third-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology.  She is broadly interested in the antecedents and consequences of identity integration for ethnic minorities, with a focus on Muslim Americans. She is particularly interested in the consequences of identity development on psychological and physiological outcomes. Along with being a member of the NICE Lab (Dr. Moin Syed), Ummul is involved with a community-based participatory research project in the Somali community with Dr. Richard Lee.


Adam Kim: Adam is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Personality/Individual Differences. His research focuses on culture, personality, and adoption. Current projects include understanding the predictors of inter-minority solidarity, developing a new construct that taps into the experience of displacement and migration, developing a new construct that captures how transnationally adopted individuals think about their birth family and culture, and situating identity development within personality theory.

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Sarah Nelson: Sarah is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. Her research program focuses on the development of personal and ethnic identity in the context of interpersonal relationships.  She is particularly interested in mixed methods and narrative approaches.  She holds an M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Western Washington University and a B.A. in International Literary and Visual Studies from Tufts University


Julie Nguyen: Julie is a second-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. She is interested in the influence of cultural and family-related factors on racial/ethnic minorities’ mental health outcomes, particularly internalizing problems. She is also interested in the evaluation and development of culturally-sensitive depression and suicide preventive interventions for minority youth.

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Claire Park: Claire is a first-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. Her research interests include minority intergroup relations and the processes of family and peer socialization. She hopes to relate this line of research to the larger picture of ethnic identity formation and development especially during transition periods of an individual’s life.


Melissa Vélez: Melissa is a second-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. She is interested in cultural and family factors that influence an individual’s ethnic identity development, such as family processes and parent-child relationships. She is also interested in parenting behaviors, including cultural socialization, that impact an individual’s well-being. 


Christine Wu: Christine is a third-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. She received her BS in Neuroscience and BM in Music Performance, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include family conflict among immigrant families, discrimination, and culturally adapted interventions.


Anne Zhou: Anne is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. Her main area of interest is in minority/marginalized health disparities, both physical and mental, particularly amongst Asian Americans and Asian immigrants. She is also interested in researching disparities in access to health information and knowledge, primarily regarding sexual health. She hopes to take this research and develop interventions and programs that would bridge health disparities in minority/marginalized groups, and make the health knowledge needed to make informed choices more readily available and accessible.


Xiang Zhou: Xiang is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. He is broadly interested in the intersection of culture and parenting. He engages in both basic science research (e.g., cultural socialization) as well as counseling intervention research. Currently, his work focuses on cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for ethnic-racial families (i.e., Hmong American and Somali American families) through community-based participatory research.

Former graduate students who have gone on to bigger and better things post-Ph.D.

Joyce Lee

Lovey Walker

Kayla Anderson (Ph.D., Family Social Science)

Alison Hu

Mary Joyce Juan

Oh Myo Kim

Stephanie Pituc

Kyoung-Rae Jung

Reed Reichwald

Nazneen Bahrassa

Kyoung Ok Seol

Alisia Tran

Ryan Dean

Sueyoung Song

Eunju Yoon (Ph.D., Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology)

Jenny Su

Brandon Yoo


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