I am a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program working with Dr. Derek Iwamoto. My research integrates counseling, cultural, and health psychology by focusing on how gender and race, such as experiences of gender roles and racism, impact the development and maintenance of eating disorders and substance use in marginalized communities (e.g., Asian Americans, LGBTQ+ people of color). I draw upon frameworks such as intersectionality and liberation psychology to conduct research that promotes the systems-level and individual-level thriving and empowerment of people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, and those with multiple marginalized identities. To date, my research has been published in scientific journals such as Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Appetite, Psychology of Men & Masculinities, and Asian American Journal of Psychology. I am also passionate about providing therapy and engaging in social justice advocacy to contribute to the collective healing and resiliency of marginalized communities.

I will complete my year-long APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School during the 2022-2023 academic year, in the Population Health: Adult Outpatient and Substance Use track. I am on the job market for tenure-track faculty positions and postdocs with a start date of Fall or Summer of 2023.

For a full list of my research publications, please see my Google Scholar or ResearchGate profiles.



  • M.S.
    Counseling Psychology, 2019 - University of Maryland
  • B.A.
    Psychology and English, 2017 - The College of William & Mary
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