Sumie Okazaki

Professor Counseling Psychology

Sumie Okazaki

Phone: 212-992-7662

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi

Although open to co-mentoring, Professor Okazaki will NOT be taking on new doctoral students for Fall 2015. 


Sumie Okazaki conducts research on the impact of immigration and race (i.e., racism, racial identity, racialization) on Asian and Asian American adolescents and emerging adults within local and transnational contexts. With colleagues in anthropology, education, and developmental psychology as well as community partners, she has ongoing research projects with urban Chinese American adolescents and immigrant young adults in New York City;Chinese parents and adolescents in Nanjing, China; Korean American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City and Seoul, South Korea.

She has co-edited three books:  South Korea’s education exodus: The life and challenges of early study abroad (forthcoming; with Adrienne Lo, Soo-Ah Kwon, & Nancy Abelmann), Asian American Psychology: The Science of Lives in Context (2002; with Gordon C. N. Hall) and Asian American Mental Health: Assessment Theories and Methods (2002; with Karen Kurasaki and Stanley Sue). She is currently the President of Asian American Psychological Association and has served as an Associate Editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (2004-2011). She is the recipient of the Dalmas A. Taylor Distinguished Contribution Award and the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution from Asian American Psychological Association, and the Emerging Professional Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. Okazaki received her doctorate in psychology from UCLA in 1994 and has taught in the psychology departments and Asian American Studies programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to coming to Steinhardt.

Degrees Held

  • PhD University of California, Los Angeles 1994
    Clinical Psychology
  • MA University of California, Los Angeles 1992
  • BS University of Michigan 1988

Selected Publications

  • Kim, H.-J., & Okazaki, S. (2014). Navigating the cultural transition alone: Psychosocial adjustment of Korean early study abroad students. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.20, 244-253.
  • Way, N., Okazaki, S., Zhao, J., Kim, J., Chen, X., Yoshikawa, H., Jia, Y., & Deng, H. (2013). Social and emotional parenting: Chinese mothering in a changing society. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4, 61-70.
  • Okazaki, S. (2013). Asian American mental health: Individuals and families in a global context. In M. J. Gelfand, C.-Y. Chiu, & Y.-Y. Hong (Eds.) Advances in Culture and Psychology, Volume 4. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Okazaki, S. & Saw, A. (2011). Culture in Asian American community psychology: Beyond the East-West binary. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47, 144-156.
  • Kang, H., Okazaki, S., Abelmann, N., Kim-Prieto, C., & Lan, S. (2010). Redeeming immigrant parents: How Korean American emerging adults reinterpret their childhood. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25, 441-464.
  • David, E. J. R. & Okazaki, S. (2010). Activation and automaticity of colonial mentality. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 850-887.
  • Okazaki, S. (2009). Impact of racism on ethnic minority mental health. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 103-107
  • Okazaki, S., David, E. J. R., & Abelmann, N. (2008). Colonialism and psychology of culture. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 90-106. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2007.00046.x


  • APSY-GE 2682 - Cross-cultural Counseling
  • APSY-GE 2038 - Abnormal Psychology
  • APSY-GE 2672 - Interpretation and Use of Testing in Counseling Adults
  • APSY-GE 3607 - Supervised Advanced Counseling Practium