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 1902 - Fresh off the Boat: Asian American Experiences
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Consulting Editor: Asian American Journal of Psychology
  • International Editorial Advisor: Australian Psychologist
  • Founding member, 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:
  • Lee, R.M., Beaupre, A., and Zhou, X. (in press). An Asian Americanist Perspective on Child Development. Child Development
  • 84. Seol, K.O., Yoo, H.C., Lee, R.M., Park, J.E., Kyeong, Y. (2016). Racial and ethnic socialization as moderators of racial discrimination and school adjustment of adopted and non-adopted Korean American adolescents. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 294-306.
  • Nelson, S.C., Bahrassa, N.F., Syed, M., & Lee, R.M. (2015). Transitions in young adulthood: Exploring trajectories in parent-child conflict during college. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 545-551.
  • Anderson, K.N., Lee, R.M., Rueter, M.A., Kim, O.M. (2015). Associations between discussions of racial and ethnic differences in internationally adoptive families and delinquent behavior among Korean adopted adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 51, 66-73
  • Tran, A.G.T., & Lee, R.M. (2014). You speak English well! Asian Americans’ reactions to an exceptionalizing stereotype. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 484-490.
  • Umaña-Taylor, A.J., Quintana, S.M., Lee, R.M., Cross, W.E., Rivas-Drake, D., Schwartz, S.J., Syed, M., Yip, T., Seaton, E.K., & Ethnic and Racial Identity in the 21st Century Study Group (2014). Ethnic and racial identity revisited: An integrated conceptualization, Child Development, 85, 21-39.
  • Armenta, B. E., Lee, R.M., *Pituc, S. T., *Jung, K.R., Park, I. J. K., Soto, J. A., Kim, S. Y., & Schwartz, S. J. (2013). Where are you from? A validation of the Foreigner Objectification Scale and the psychological correlates of foreigner objectification among Asian Americans and Latinos. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 131-142.
  • 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
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Contribution to Research Award, Society for Research on Child Development Asian Caucus