- Counseling and Educational Psychology
- Academic Programs:
- Counseling; Counseling Psychology
- Degree/Certificate Programs:
- M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Counselor Education – School Track; M.S.Ed. in Learning and Developmental Sciences – Counseling Psychology Track; M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education – Mental Health Track; M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education – Addictions Track; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
- Research Areas:
- Gratitude, encouragement, psychology of men and masculinities, Asian American suicide
- ED 4038
- (812) 856-8293
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:
- 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.
- I value social justice – please click here for more information about the principles that have shaped my thinking on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Mentoring doctoral students is one of my favorite activities!
- 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.
- Although I value the contributions of qualitative research, my research is primarily quantitative in nature.
- 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.
- 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.