Richard M. Lee, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He was born and raised in Connecticut. He is the youngest of three sons raised by immigrant parents from South Korea. He attended Simon’s Rock College of Bard, Boston College (B.A.), and Virginia Commonwealth University (Ph.D.), followed by a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis. He previously taught at the University of Texas, Austin before moving to Minnesota in 2000.
Professor Lee is a fellow of APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and the Asian American Psychological Association. He is a founding member of the Asian Caucus of the Society for Research on Child Development and the Diversity Committee of the Society for Research on Adolescence. From 2011-2013, he served as President of the Asian American Psychological Association. He is the current Editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (2015-2019). His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Balancing work and personal life is important. Outside of Elliott Hall (home of the Department of Psychology), Professor Lee enjoys karaoke, bicycling, camping and canoeing (especially in the BWCA), local arts, and #BecomingMinnesota (not Minnesotan). He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
Learn more about Dr. Lee and his academic activities at his Department webpage.
Below is my academic family tree. It lists my advisor, his advisor, and so on. If you follow the academic lineage of most psychology professors, it almost always goes back to people like William James and Wilhelm Wundt. And if you research these scholars, you will see that Harold Pepinsky graduated from the University of Minnesota and Gilbert Wrenn and Walter Cook (Pepinsky’s advisors) were professors at the University of Minnesota.