Cindy Y. Huang, Ph.D.


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. 


Silvia Alves Nishioka

Lab manager

Silvia is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also received her Master's degree. 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.


Selin Ictemel

research assistant

Selin is a second-year master's student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, 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.


Yi Liu

research assistant

Yi is a second-year master's student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. 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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Emily Hunt

Research Assistant

Emily is a second-year master’s student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned 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, Asian-American parenting behaviors, 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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May Yuan

Research Assistant

May is a second-year master’s student in the Psychology in Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Born and raised in New York, she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queens College, where she first started becoming passionate about psychology, teaching, and working with diverse populations. Her research interests include prevention of psychopathology (i.e. suicide) across the lifespan, risk factors unique to different cultures (i.e. Asian American families), and adaptation of culturally tailored interventions for ethnic minority youth. In her spare time, she volunteers as a crisis counselor, enjoys reading, playing piano, and trying new recipes, and has taught children of various grade levels in after-schools and summer camps.


Xiaoran Wang

research assistant

Xiaoran is a second-year master’s student in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. As an international student, Xiaoran earned her B.A. in education from Jinan University (China) and Ed. M from University of Florida. Her research interests relate to parenting issues in Asian-American families, how culture impacts on people’s attitudes towards mental health service as well as adolescent behaviors. As a “pet person”, she enjoys playing with her pets, including two cats and three dogs in her free time.


Nikita Wadhwa

research assistant

Nikita is a second-year School Counseling master's student at Teachers College. She completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in Psychology. While her research focus and practical experience have been limited to students with disabilities, especially those on the autism spectrum, she hopes to broaden her area of interest to minority youth/at-risk populations. 

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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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