Sumie Okazaki conducts research on the impact of immigration, social and culture change, and race on Asian and Asian American adolescents, emerging adults, and parents 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 Shanghai and Nanjing, China; Korean American and Filipino American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City, the Philippines, and South Korea.
Her most recent book, co-authored with Nancy Abelmann, is titled Korean American Families in Immigrant America: How Teens and Parents Navigate Race (2018, NYU Press). She has also co-edited three books: South Korea’s education exodus: The life and challenges of early study abroad (2015; 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 was the President of Asian American Psychological Association (2013-2015) and has served as an Associate Editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (2004-2011). She is the recipient of Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution from Asian American Psychological Association, Emerging Professional Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and Early Career Award and Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program. 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.
Okazaki, S. & Abelmann, N. (2018). Korean American families in immigrant America: How teens and parents navigate race. NYU Press. https://nyupress.org/9781479836680/
Alif, A., Nelson, B. S., Stefancic, A., Ahmed, R., & Okazaki, S. (2019). Documentation status and psychological distress among New York City public college students. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication
Tu, M.-C., Zhou, S., Wong, S. N., & Okazaki, S. (2019). Realities of the American dream: Vocational experiences and intersecting invisibility of low-income urban Chinese immigrant laborers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 113, 88-102.
Graziano, M. J., Okazaki, S., Chun, G. H., & Barnes, S. P. (2018). Identities of accommodation, identities of resistance: Korean American women and Meaning making during and post college. Narrative Inquiry, 28, 75-93.
Juang, L., Kim, S. Y., Lee, R. M., Lau, A., Okazaki, S., Park, I., Swartz, T., & Qin, D. (2018). Reactive and proactive ethnic-racial socialization practices of Asian American second generation parents. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9, 4-16.
Okazaki, S., Wong, S. N., & Kaplan, B. (2017). Strategic collaborative partnerships to improve immigrant Chinese community health: A case study. Asian American Journal of Psychology. 8(4), 339-350.
Wong-Padoongpatt, G., Zane, N., Okazaki, S., & Saw, A. (2017). Decreases in implicit self-esteem explain the racial impact of microaggressions among Asian Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 574-583.