About Me

I am a tenured Professor in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Programs at Indiana University. My research interests are in positive psychology (especially the psychology of gratitude and the psychology of encouragement), Asian/Asian American mental health, and the psychology of men and masculinities. I coedited two books on the psychology of men and masculinities: the APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities (Wong & Wester, 2016) and the Psychology of Men and Masculinities (Levant & Wong, 2017).

I am a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17, 45, and 51) and of the Asian American Psychological Association.

I am the Incoming Editor of the Psychology and Men and Masculinities.

Regarding my clinical interests, I have developed a psychoeducational group program to cultivate gratitude.

I will not be admitting a doctoral student for the 2022/2023 academic year.

If you are interested in applying to the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology and would like me to be your advisor (after the 2022/2023 academic year), I hope the following information will be helpful to you:

  1. Students who are interested in working with me are welcome to contact me via email. Please feel free to introduce yourself and ask me questions.
    I have a strong track record of admitting students of color. Most of my current advisees are students of color.
  2. I value social justice – please click here for more information about the principles that have shaped my thinking on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Mentoring doctoral students is one of my favorite activities!
  4. I am more likely to be a good fit with you if (a) you have a strong and genuine interest in research and (b) your research interests align with at least one of the following areas – the psychology of encouragement, the psychology of gratitude, Asian American suicide-related outcomes, and the psychology of men and masculinities.
  5. Although I value the contributions of qualitative research, my research is primarily quantitative in nature.
  6. If you’re interested in working with me, please state so explicitly in your personal statement. Also, I encourage you to propose a few research questions that you would be interested in exploring as a doctoral student.
  7. My purpose in life is to promote mattering through words of affirmation, which includes enabling people to feel valued and to add value (Prilleltensky, 2020). I will readily admit that I'm not always successful, but I aspire to live out this mission through my research, teaching, mentoring, and service activities.

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