Wei-Chin Hwang

Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D.


In addition to being a tenured full-time professor, Dr. Hwang has a small and individualized therapy practice and consulting agency in both Pasadena and Claremont. He specializes in treating mood disorders, marital and family problems, traumas, adjustment difficulties, personal growth and development, and culture and mental health issues. He works with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. He takes an integrative cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and solution-focused approach to treating clients, and conducts therapy in English, Mandarin, or Taiwanese. He also provides professional consulting as an expert witness on legal cases, workplace mental health, conflict management, and cultural competency and effectiveness issues. http://www.losangelesclinicalpsychologist.com/

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. University of Utah


Faculty Website
Office Hours
Monday, 4-4:50 p.m., Wednesday, 12:20-1:10 p.m.


(909) 607-2762

Seaman Hall 225

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Expertise

Clinical Psychology, Cultural Competency, Psychotherapy, Race & Social Problems

Selected Research and Publications

  • Hwang, W., Myers, H. F., Chiu, E., Mak, E., Butner, J., Fujimoto, K. A., Wood, J. J., & Miranda, J.  (2015).  Culturally Adapted Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chinese Americans with Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Psychiatric Services, 66(10), 1035-1042.

  • Hwang, W., Wood, J. J., & Fujimoto, K. (2010). Acculturative Family Distancing (AFD) and depression in Chinese American Families. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(5), 655-677.

  • Hwang, W. (2009). The Formative Method for Adapting Psychotherapy (FMAP): A community-based developmental approach to culturally adapting therapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(4), 369-377.

  • Hwang, W., Myers, H. F., Abe-Kim, J., & Ting, J. Y. (2008). A conceptual paradigm for understanding culture’s impact on mental health: The Cultural Influences on Mental Health (CIMH) Model. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 212-228

  • Hwang, W. (2006). The Psychotherapy Adaptation and Modification Framework (PAMF): Application to Asian Americans. American Psychologist, 61(7), 702-715.

  • Hwang, W., & Myers, H. F. (2007). Major depression in Chinese Americans: The roles of stress and vulnerability. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 42(3), 189-197.

Selected Awards and Affiliations

  • Roy P. Crocker Award for Merit - Given to a professor selected by the faculty for outstanding service to the College (2016)

  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association for unusual and outstanding contributions to Asian American Psychology (2012)

  • Western Psychological Association Enrico E. Jones Award for Research in Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology & Induction as Fellow (2010)

  • Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions in Scholarship, Leadership, and Dedication to Asian American Communities (2009)

  • American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Early Career Award in Research for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology (2009), Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) Fellow (2006), & Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Graduate Fellowship (1997-2000)

  • Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellow (2002)