Dr Rich Lee

What are the unique racial and ethnic experiences of ethnic and racial minority youth and adults? How do these experiences relate to the development, well-being, and mental health among racial and ethnic minority individuals and families? What can psychologists do to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minority individuals and families? Informed by an ethnic studies and critical race perspective, my students and I seek to answer these questions by focusing on aspects of culture, ethnicity, and race that function as risk or protective factors for well-being, mental health, and achievement. These factors include acculturation and enculturation, ethnic identity development, discrimination/racism, parent-child acculturation conflicts, and cultural socialization. Current research projects are organized into one of three domains. First, I am interested in advancing theory and measurement related to culture-specific risk and protective factors. Second, I examine the transracial and transnational experiences of Korean children who were adopted internationally by White families. Third, I engage in community-based research to improve engagement in evidence-based prevention programs for racial and ethnic minority populations.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Psychology (Counseling), Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996.
  • BA: Psychology and Philosophy, Boston College, 1990.
  • Simon's Rock College of Bard, 1986.

Curriculum Vitae


  • counseling psychology
  • prevention science
  • ethnic minority mental health
  • international adoption
  • individual differences
  • Asian American studies
Courses Taught
  • Psy 8503 - Interviewing and Intervention
  • Psy 8541 - Multicultural Psychology
  • Psy 5993 - Directed Research: Race, Ethnicity, Migration and Mental Health
  • PSY 5993 - Directed Research: COVID-19 and University Life
  • PSY 1902 - Fresh off the Boat: Asian American Experiences
  • PSY 1907: Race in Everyday Space Freshman Seminar
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Past Editor: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Chair, Asian Caucus of the Society for Research on Child Development:


  • Cultural socialization of Korean adoptees:
  • Improving the engagement of parents in evidence-based prevention programs:
  • Inter-generational parent-child conflict in immigrant families:
  • Ethnic identity and perceived discrimination:
  • Acculturation processes:
  • Titzmann, P.F. & Lee, R.M. (2018). Adaptation of young immigrants: A developmental perspective on acculturation research. European Psychologist, 23, 72-82.
  • Zhou, X., Lee, R.M., Ohm, J., & Khuu, B. (2018). Understanding the needs, preferences, and feasibility for parent training in Hmong Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9, 62-71.
  • Zhou, A.Q., Lee, H.Y., & Lee, R.M. (2019). Who has low health literacy and does it matter for depression? Findings from aggregated and disaggregated racial/ethnic groups. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25, 73-81
  • Zhou, X., Lee, R.M., & Syed, M. (2019). Ethnic identity developmental trajectories during the transition to college. Developmental Psychology, 55, 157-169
  • Wu, C.S., Lee, S.Y., Zhou, X., Kim, JR., Lee, H., & Lee, R.M. (in press). Hidden among the hidden: Transracially adopted Korean American adults raising multiracial children. Developmental Psychology
  • Zhou, X., Kim, JR, Lee, H., & Lee, R.M. (in press). Korean adoptees as parents: Intergenerationality of ethnic, racial, and adoption socialization. Family Relations
  • Kim, A.Y., Kim, O.M., Hu, A.W., Oh, J.S., & Lee, R.M. (in press). Conceptualization and measurement of birth family thoughts for adolescents and adults adopted transnationally. Journal of Family Psychology
  • Cai, J., *Kim, A.Y., & Lee, R.M. (in press). Psychological correlates of interest in genetic testing among Korean American adoptees and their parents. Journal of Genetic Counseling
  • McKnight Distinguished University Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota
  • President, Asian American Psychological Association, 2011-2013
  • Fellow, Asian American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and 45 (Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), American Psychological Association
  • Outstanding Contribution to Research Award, Society for Research on Child Development Asian Caucus