Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise:
Clinical Psychology, Cultural Competency, Psychotherapy, Race & Social Problems

(909) 607-2762
Seaman Hall 225

Office Hours

Monday, 4-4:50 p.m.Wednesday, 12:20-1:10 p.m.And by Appointment
  • Biography
  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications

Wei-Chin Hwang, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He received his Ph.D. from the clinical psychology program at UCLA (2003), completed his pre-doctoral fellowship at Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS) - National Asian American Psychology Training Center, and completed a clinical-research postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  In college, he double majored in Psychology and Asian Studies at the University of Utah.  His research focuses on understanding and reducing mental health disparities, improving psychotherapy process and outcomes, cultivating therapist cultural competency and effectiveness when working with people from different backgrounds, and developing models and frameworks for culturally adapting treatments for ethnic minorities. 

His work has been recognized by a number of professional organizations, and he was awarded the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Early Career Award.  He was also inducted as a fellow for the Asian American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association.  He was awarded the Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Award and the Enrico E. Jones Award for Research in Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology by the Western Psychological Association. At CMC, he has received the Roy P. Crocker Award for Merit and Service to the college, as well as the 7 Claremont Colleges Diversity Mentor Award.

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
  • 2017 Claremont Colleges Diversity Mentor Award – Given to one faculty each year for mentorship and support regarding diversity issues in the 7 college community. 

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

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

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

  • Induction as Fellow of the Western Psychological Association  (2010)

    Western Psychological Association Enrico E. Jones Award for Research in Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology

  • 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)

    MFP Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) Fellow (2006)

    MFP Graduate Fellowship (1997-2000)

  • National Institute of Mental Health 3-C Institute for Social Development Leadership Training Institute Fellow (2008)

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) OBSSR Summer Institute on Clinical Trials Fellow (2006)

  • University of California Eugene Cota Robles Graduate Fellowship (1997-2001)

    Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellow (2002)

  • Hwang, W.  (2016). Culturally adapting psychotherapy for Asian heritage populations: An evidence-based approach. San Diego, CA: Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier press).

  • 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.