Cindy Y. Huang, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Huang's research focuses on understanding the cultural factors associated child development and psychopathology for ethnic minority and immigrant youth, and the prevention of psychopathology for these youth. She translates this research into culturally-informed, evidence-based child and family interventions to promote service engagement and utilization for undeserved communities. Dr. Huang earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon and completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale School of Medicine and the Asian American Center on Disparities Research at the University of California, Davis. She earned her M.A. and B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University.
Current Lab Members
Silvia Alves Nishioka
Lab manager, doctoral student
Silvia is a third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also received her master's degree in Clinical Psychology. In her home country, Brazil, she has specialized in Health Psychology and worked in a pediatric hospital. Her research focuses on culturally-informed mental health interventions for multiethnic children and families. Among her personal interests, she enjoys speaking and learning other languages, such as French and Spanish.
Emily is a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Teacher’s College and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theater from Wesleyan University. Her research interests focus on both physical and psychological barriers faced by Asian-American individuals and families when it comes to seeking mental health services, racial identity development in multiracial individuals, and sexuality and its impact on emotional well-being. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, theater, walking her dog, and teaching fitness classes.
Sylvie is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She grew up in Hong Kong and received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Bates College and her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on how familial factors (such as parent-child relationships, acculturative stress, and the processes of separation and reunification) and societal factors (such as explicit and implicit discrimination) shape immigrant youth’s identity development and psychological well-being. She hopes to translate this research to inform and evaluate community-based prevention interventions to improve quality and access of mental health care for Asian immigrant and refugee families. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, drawing, reading, and traveling.
Cindy J. Huang
administrative assistant, Research Assistant
Cindy is a second-year master's student in Mental Health Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her B.A. with high honors in Psychology from University of California, Davis as well as her single subject English teaching credential and M.A. in Education from University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending TC, she was a 12th grade teacher for newcomer immigrant students in San Francisco. Her current research interests include bilingualism and English language acquisition among non-alphabetic L1 speakers, parent-child relationships, and intergenerational conflict in Asian immigrant families. She speaks fluent Cantonese and Taishanese (a Chinese dialect). In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and watching Korean dramas.
Kailee is a second-year master's student in Mental Health Counseling program at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of the systems affecting childhood development of pathology, culturally-informed youth interventions, and parent-child relationships. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with honors from Pepperdine University. When she's not studying or in the lab, Kailee enjoys hand lettering and calligraphy, crafting everything from personalized wedding stationery to large signage.
Miho is a second-year master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Born and raised in Incheon, South Korea, she went to schools in New Zealand, Maine, Pennsylvania and now here in New York! She earned her B.S. in Rehabilitation and Human Service from Pennsylvania State University, and she speaks fluent Korean. Her current research interests include developing culturally-informed interventions for children with trauma especially due to abuse, loss, and poverty. In her free time, she enjoys finding quiet places around New York, hiking, and trying out new workout places.
Shiyu is a second-year master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds BA degrees in both Psychology and Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Shiyu’s research interest broadly pertains to psychopathology among ethnic minorities with a special focus on child and adolescents. Her multi-cultural background has also inspired her to study the impact of cultural factors on the utilization and effectiveness of mental health services among Asians. Outside the lab, she enjoys e-sports, teaching yoga to individuals with schizophrenia, journaling, and trying out different brunch spots in NYC.
Stephanie is a second-year master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and earned her B.A. in Psychology and Educational Studies from Colgate University. Her research interests include understanding how racial identification affects inter- and intra-group dynamics, as well as how cultural upbringing shapes one’s understanding and approach to mental health. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, sunbathing, and visiting new cafés for good coffee all over New York City.
Vicky is a first-year master's student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include understanding how identity and culture impacts access to and effectiveness of mental health services, as well as the development of culturally-informed interventions for vulnerable and historically underserved populations. Prior to attending TC, Vicky earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and spent 2 years working in social policy research focused on education and employment services for low-income youth and families. In her free time, Vicky enjoys reading, exploring New York City's parks, and spending time with family.
Xintian (Gloria) Ge
Gloria is a second-year master’s student in the School Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests relate to the association between cultural assimilation and mental health issues among immigrant children and international students. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from Ohio State University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, traveling, and watching movies.