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Michael Y. Lau

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ph.D.     Counseling Psychology (Quantitative Minor)          
              University of Notre Dame

M.A.      Counseling Psychology            
              University of Notre Dame

M.A.      Psychology (MFT Emphasis, Certificate in Conflict Resolution)
              Golden Gate University

B.A.       Psychology              
              Grinnell College

Scholarly Interests

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Research methodology
Philosophical/Theoretical issues in psychology
Asian American psychology

Selected Publications


Underscored names indicate student collaborators

Articles in Refereed Journals

Delgado-Romero, E. A., Forrest, L. M., Lau, M. Y., Obasi, E., & Singh, A. A. (in press).  Ethnic minority psychological associations: Connections to counseling psychology.  The Counseling Psychologist

Lau, M. Y., Delgado-Romero, E. A., & Forrest, L. M. (in press).  Developing greater connections between the ethnic minority psychology associations and counseling psychology.  The Counseling Psychologist.

Morales, E. S., Lau, M. Y., & Ballesteros, A. (in press).  The formation of Division 45: Its development and untold story.  The Counseling Psychologist

Hill, J. S., Lau, M. Y., & Sue, D. W. (2010).  Integrating trauma psychology and cultural psychology: Indigenous perspectives on theory, research and practice.  Traumatology [Special Issue: Culture and Trauma], 16, 39-47.

Howard, G. S., Maxwell, S. E., Lau, M. Y., Delgado-Romero, E. A., Christopherson, C. D., & Lundy, R. R. (2010).  Nonsignificant results: Can't live with them, can't live without them.  Journal of Non-significant Results in Education, 1, 53-58.

Lau, M. Y., Howard, G. S., Maxwell, S. E., & Venter, A. (2009).  Does psi exist? A Bayesian approach to assessing psi ganzfeld data.  European Journal of Parapsychology24, 5-31.

Howard, G. S., Lau, M. Y., Maxwell, S. E., Venter, A., Lundy, R. R., & Sweeny, R. M. (2009).  Do research literatures give correct answers?  Review of General Psychology [Special Issue: Methodological Problems in Psychology], 13, 116-121. 

Lau, M. Y., Cisco, H. C., & Delgado-Romero, E. A. (2008).  Institutional and individual research productivity in five nominated multicultural psychology journals.  Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development36, 194-205.

Book Chapters

Delgado-Romero, E. A., Lau, M. Y., & Shullman, S. L. (in press).  The Society of Counseling Psychology: Historical values, themes and patterns viewed from the APA presidential podium.  In N. A. Fouad, APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology.  Washington, DC:American Psychological Association.

Lau, M. Y., & Williams, C. D. (2010).  Microaggressions research: Methodological review and recommendations.  In D. W. Sue (Ed.), Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics and Impact (pp. 313-336).  New York: Wiley.

Comments and Book Reviews

Lau, M. Y. (2005).  Ontological and epistemic claims of realism and instrumentalism.  American Psychologist,60, 345-346.

Krumm, A. J., & Lau, M. Y. (2005, February 23).  Tempering the neuroses of internship applicants [Review of the book, Internships in psychology: The APAGS workbook for writing successful applications and finding the right match].  PsycCRITIQUES - Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books50 (8), Article 2.

Lau, M. Y. (2004, October 19).  Constructivism's dilemma with epistemic authority [Review of the book, The certainty of uncertainty: Dialogues introducing constructivism].  PsycCRITIQUES - Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books49 (Suppl. 4), Article 19.  

Lau, M. Y. (2002).  Postmodernism and the values of science.  American Psychologist57, 1126-1127.


Underscored names indicate student collaborators

Morales, A., Lau, M. Y., Garber, K. J. (in progress).  Asian and gay: Identity formation in Asian American gay men.

Lau, M. Y.Chang, J., & Cho, R.  (in progress).  Analysis of qualitative studies published in Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Lau, M. Y.Cho, R.Chang, J., & Huang, J. (in progress).  Methodological issues, design, and research on social class and counseling.  In W. M. Liu (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lau, M. Y.Chen, Y., Gamarel, K. E.Huang, J.Kuang, M., & Nadolna, S. (in progress).  A grounded theory investigation of gender roles among Asian men.

CCPJ 4066: Foundations of testing and accountability

Introduces students to foundational concepts/skills in testing, emphasizing the principles of design, selection, validation, and appropriate use of formal and informal assessment tools for classroom instruction and various other practice-based, research, clinical, and/or accountability contexts. The course is particularly geared towards educational practitioners and other professionals who use data from assessments to inform their day-to-day practices or for research.

CCPJ 5060: Assessment in Counseling Psychology

The course is designed to provide an overview of the basic principles, theories, issues and practices in the field of psychological testing. Tests of both cognitive and personality functioning will be included, with emphasis on identification of both problems and strengths. Special fee: $40.

CCPJ 5164: Multicultural counseling and psychology

Introduces students to a range of approaches used in psychology and other disciplines for developing therapeutic interventions across diverse racial, cultural, and linguistic groups. Examination of culturally indigenous perspectives of and approaches to mental health and healing. Introduction to culturally based counseling methods.

CCPJ 5371: Foundations of counseling

Permission required. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: For majors section, admission into the Ed.M. program in Psychological Counseling or Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology, CCPJ 4064 completed or taken concurrently; for non-majors section, CCPJ 4064 recommended but not required. A laboratory experience for counselors and others in the helping professions. Practice in clarifying, understanding, and responding to personal communications. Graduated exercises and videotapes are used to develop counseling and interviewing skills and desirable counselor attitudes. Special fee: $30.

CCPJ 6330: Basic practicum in individual counseling and psychotherapy

Open only to doctoral students in counseling psychology. Permission required and enrollment limited. Individual work with clients under supervision on a range of issues and problems. Personal, social, relationship, educational, and vocational adjustment and developmental focus.

CCPJ 6560: Advanced Professional Issues

Students will familiarize themselves with a range of professional issues that affect their learning and development as counseling psychologists and will have the opportunity to explore topics not currently available in the curriculum. Limited to doctoral students in psychology.