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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. 

 
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Silvia Alves Nishioka

Lab manager, doctoral student
 

Silvia is a second-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.

 
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Emily Hunt

doctoral student

Emily is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her Master’s 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.

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Selin Ictemel

research assistant
 

Selin graduated in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2018 with a focus in bilingual school counseling. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia. Her research interests relate to understanding how cultural factors, including acculturation, enculturation, and linguistics, affect identity and influence mental health in multicultural children. She speaks Turkish and Spanish and hopes to further her linguistic skills by continuing French and starting Arabic.

 
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Yi Liu

research assistant
 

Yi graduated in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2018. Born and raised in China, she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Dayton. Her research interests focus on the impact of the cultural factors on parenting intervention for immigrant families, especially Asian Americans. In her spare time, Yi likes experiencing other cultures while traveling. 

 
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Seoho Hahm

research assistant
 

Seoho is a post-baccalaureate Psychology student at Columbia University. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in English, and received her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University, Korea. While writing her master’s thesis, she rediscovered her fascination with the field of psychology and decided to officially pursue it. Her current research interests include self-injurious and suicidal behavior in adolescents, emotional intelligence and regulation in adolescents, as well as risk factors involved in having a multicultural background. She is Korean-American and has grown up in many different places, including Baltimore, Seoul, Washington DC, Paris, LA, Berkeley, and now New York. Some of her favorite things in life are delicious food, a page-turner, dogs, languages, fresh air and good tunes.

 
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Cindy J. Huang

Research Assistant
 

Cindy is a first-year master's student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her B.A. with high honors in Psychology from University of California, Davis, and then she went on to earn her single subject English teaching credential and M.A. in Education from University of California, Berkeley. Her current research interests focus on the intersections between bilingualism and second language acquisition among non-alphabetic L1s, immigrant trauma and grief, Asian immigrant parenting factors, and Asian American child behaviors. She speaks fluent Cantonese and Taishanese (a Chinese village dialect) and has picked up on some Spanish and Mandarin from her past students. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and watching Korean dramas.

 
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Nyrah Madon

research assistant
 

Nyrah is a second-year master's student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Teachers College. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Haverford College. She is interested in research pertaining to childhood trauma, specifically the psychological and developmental consequences of traumatic events and the patterns of risk and resilience of children exposed to them.

 
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Noemie Kloucek

research assistant
 

Noemie is a second-year master’s student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry from Wake Forest University. Her research interests relate to childhood resilience and the parent-child matrix. She speaks French and Czech and enjoys exploring the world.

 
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Marino Nakamoto

research assistant
 

Marino is a first-year master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College Columbia University. Born and raised in Japan, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Aoyama Gakuin University. Her research interests focus on how multi-culturalism and multilingualism affect people’s mental health, including development, treatment, and recovery of psychological problems. She enjoys walking, watching movies, and shopping in her free time.

 
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Jeea Yang

research assistant
 

Jeea is a recent graduate from the NYU Steinhardt's Masters in Counseling and Guidance. Currently, she is preparing to apply to a PhD program in Counseling Psychology, specializing in children. She is originally from California where she was a middle school Math teacher before coming to NYC to pursue her dreams. Research interests include combating xenophobia and discrimination; breaking negative stigma against mental health care in minority groups; ending all forms of exploitation, sexual trafficking, and violence against woman and children. Improving mental health care of North Korean Refugees in South Korea.

 
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Kailee Kodama

research assistant
 

Kailee is a first-year master's student in Counseling Psychology at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of childhood and adolescent atypical development and culturally-informed youth interventions. 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 is a freelance calligrapher, crafting everything from personalized wedding stationery to wood burned signage.

 
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Emily Stephen

research assistant
 

Emily is a second-year master’s student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her B.A. in American Studies and French with High Distinction from the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, she wrote her Distinguished Majors Thesis on the differences between French and American mothers, focusing on how culture affects parenting styles.  Her research interests relate to understanding how cultural factors affect identity and mental health, as well as understanding child and adolescent development more broadly. A few of her favorite things are dogs, reading, and exploring New York City. 

 
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Patricia Fahmy

research assistant
 

Patricia is a second-year master's student in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from California Lutheran University. Her research interests relate to the correlation between early trauma and the development of child psychopathology. She is particularly interested in developing culturally-informed mental health interventions that promote resilience in children and families. Having been born and raised in Egypt, she is bilingual in English and Arabic. In her free time, she loves to read, travel and explore new cultures and cuisines. 

 
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Yijun Cheng

research assistant
 

Yijun is a second-year master's student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include child and adolescent stress and well-being, LGBTQ health, and multiculturalism.

 
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Tao Lin

research assistant
 

Tao is a second-year student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Beijing Normal University. His research interest include how to factors affecting psychotherapy and intervention outcome and how to moderate these factors to maximize the intervention effect.

 
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Stephanie Lundquist

research assistant
 

Stephanie is a second year master’s student in the counseling psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to attending TC, she received a bachelor’s degree in education and spent three years as a special educational teacher for children with emotional and behavior disorders. She is currently interested in developing interventions for social emotional learning in children and adolescents. Born and raised in Seattle, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, and skiing.