I am an Assistant Professor in the Human Services department. I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Irvine. From there, I went on to the University of Maryland at College Park to complete my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. My interest in multicultural and social justice issues grew and became the focus of my research and clinical interests. For example, I facilitated a support group for Asian American women, and my thesis and dissertation focused on the experiences of Asian American women and Asian American college students, respectively. I completed my doctoral internship at the UC Irvine Counseling Center. For 18 years, I was a full-time lecturer in the Masters in Counseling program here at Cal State Fullerton where I taught Human Development, Counseling and Culture, Practicum, and Project. I enjoy teaching at Cal State Fullerton, and I feel fortunate to be surrounded by amazing colleagues and wonderful students.
My goals as a teacher are to encourage critical thinking and application of learning, cultivate curiosity and openness to new ideas, and inspire a passion for asking questions and lifelong learning. Currently, I teach HUSR 411 (Human Services Delivery to Communities) and HUSR 415 (Treatment Issues in Substance Abuse). A consistent thread throughout my teaching, research, and service has been my passion and interest in topics related to diversity. I integrate multicultural and social justice topics into all my classes.
In terms of cultural background, I am a second-generation Asian Indian woman. I am interested in issues related to parenting, social justice, mindfulness, cultural identity, acculturation, and intersectionality. My current research projects are focused on aging, body image, colorism, and intersections of multiple identities and on multicultural and social justice competency in counselor education.
As a psychologist, I have worked with diverse clients in university counseling centers, Veterans Affairs hospitals, and community agencies. I also teach mindful parenting classes in the local community.
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