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Sumie Okazaki

Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology

(212) 992-7662

Sumie Okazaki conducts research on the impact of immigration, social change, and race (i.e., racism, racial identity, racialization) 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 and Korean American adolescents and immigrant young adults in New York City; Chinese parents and adolescents in Shanghai and Nanjing, China; Korean American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City, the Philippines, and Seoul, 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.

Courses

Abnormal Psychology

Classification, etiology, symptoms, & treatment of major psychological disorders, including anxiety, mood, eating, substance-related, sexual & gender identity, cognitive, personality, schizophrenia & other psychotic disorders as well as disorders associated with childhood.
Course #
APSY-GE 2038
Units
3
Term
Fall, January, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Frandelia Moore , Sumie Okazaki , Norissa Williams ,
Department

Cross-Cultural Counseling

An examination of how behavior & experience are influenced by culture & intersectionality. Emphasis is given to increasing counselor self awareness, knowledge, & skills necessary to apply counseling theory & technique to diverse populations & settings.
Course #
APSY-GE 2682
Units
3
Term
Fall, January, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Julia Shiang , Sumie Okazaki , Norissa Williams ,
Department

Interpretation and Use of Tests in Counseling Adults

Introduction to formal assessment.Includes surveys of vocational personality, & aptitude tests & structured experience in administration & scoring.The synthesis of various tests with background & behavioral information is stressed, as are interviewing techniques necessary for introducing & interpreting test batteries to clients.Source of clients to be tested is highly desirable.
Course #
APSY-GE 2672
Units
3
Term
Fall, January, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Kesia Constantine , Sumie Okazaki , Lisa Suzuki ,
Department

Multicultural Counseling and Mental Health

An examination of the ways in which culture & context shape counselor & client identities & their cross-cultural encounters. Topics include individual identities & systems of societal privilege & oppression associated with gender & sexuality, race/ethnicity, disabilities, class, religion, & other forms of cultural influences. The course also focuses on effective strategies for navigating cross-cultural relationships in helping professions.
Course #
APSY-UE 1682
Units
4
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Sumie Okazaki ,
Department

Supervised Advanced Counseling Practicum: Individual and Group I

Counseling under supervision of the departmental faculty with school, college, & agency clients.In addition to direct counseling with clients, individual supervisory conferences, & weekly seminars, students prepare case reports, analyze tape recordings, & hold consultations as appropriate.
Course #
APSY-GE 3607
Units
2
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

Anil Chacko , Sumie Okazaki ,
Department