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Dr Richard M Lee

Dr Richard M Lee

Psychology N-218 EltH 3281 75 East River Road

Department Affiliations

University Affiliations

  • Liberal Arts: Asian American Studies [Website]
  • Education and Human Development: Family Social Science [Website]
  • Graduate School: Prevention Science Doctoral Minor [Website]
  • Graduate School: Interpersonal Relationships Research Doctoral Minor [Website]


What are the unique racial and ethnic experiences of Asian Americans? How do these experiences relate to the development, well-being, and mental health among Asian American individuals and families? What can psychologists do to improve the lives of Asian American individuals and families? My students and I seek to answer these questions by focusing on aspects of culture, ethnicity, and race that function as risk or protective factors for well-being, mental health, and achievement, such as acculturation/enculturation, ethnic identity development, discrimination/racism, parent-child acculturation conflicts, and cultural socialization. I am particularly interested in the transracial and transnational experiences of Korean children who were adopted internationally by White families. In collaboration with the Center for Personalized Prevention Research in Children's Mental Health, I also have begun to engage in community-based research on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based prevention programs for racial and ethnic minority populations.


  • counseling psychology
  • international adoption
  • prevention science
  • ethnic minority mental health
  • individual differences

Educational Background

  • PhD: Psychology (Counseling), Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996.
  • BA: Psychology and Philosophy, Boston College, 1990.
  • Simon's Rock College of Bard, 1986.


  • Lee, R.M., Seol, K.O., Sung, M.Y., Miller, M.J., & The Minnesota International Adoption Project Team (2010). The behavioral development of Korean children in institutional care and international adoptive families. Developmental Psychology, 46, 468-478.
  • Lee, R.M., Yun, A.B., Yoo, H.C., & *Park Nelson, K. (2010). Comparing the ethnic identity and well-being of adopted Korean Americans with immigrant/U.S.-born Korean Americans and Korean international students. Adoption Quarterly, 13, 2-17.
  • Tran, A.G.T.T., & Lee, R.M. (2010). Ethnic-racial socialization, ethnic identity, and social competence among Asian American late-adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 169-178.
  • Tran, A.G.T.T., Lee, R.M., & Burgess, D. An epidemiological investigation of the impact of perceived discrimination on mental health in a multi-ethnic population. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 226-236.
  • Yoon, E., & Lee, R.M. (2010). Importance of social connectedness as a moderator in Korean immigrants' subjective well-being. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 93-105.
  • Lee, R.M. & The Minnesota International Adoption Project Team (2010). Perceived parental discrimination as a post-adoption risk factor in internationally adopted children and adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 493-500.
  • Bahrassa, N., Syed, M., Su, J., & Lee, R.M. (in press). Family conflict and academic success of first-year Asian American undergraduates. ultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Tran, A.G.T.T., & Lee, R.M. (in press). Cultural socialization as a moderator of friendships and social competence. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Research Activities

  • Cultural socialization of Korean adoptees
  • Cultural adaptation of evidence-based prevention
  • Inter-generational parent-child conflict in immigrant families
  • Ethnic identity and perceived discrimination

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Consulting Editor: Child Development
  • Consulting Editor: Adoption Quarterly
  • Consulting Editor: Asian American Journal of Psychology


  • President, Asian American Psychological Association, 2011-2013
  • Fellow, Asian American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), American Psychological Association

Courses Taught

  • Psy 8503 - Interviewing and Intervention
  • Psy 8541 - Multicultural Psychology
  • Psy 5993 - Directed Research: Race, Ethnicity, Migration and Mental Health
  • PSY 1907 - Asian American Experiences
  • HSEM 2054 - Becoming American
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