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Lau, Michael
Counseling & Clinical Psychology

422C Thmps

Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3-4:30pm Wednesdays 11-12:30pm

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

[Visit my personal webpage for more information]

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.


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