Helen is Director of Outreach, Asian American specialist, and lecturer at Stanford University. She is President-elect of the American Psychological Association Div. 45 (Society for the Study of Race, Culture and Ethnicity) a past president of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and past Chair of the Training Advisory Committee at the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program. Helen also served on the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, and was a Union City Human Relations Commissioner for 10 years.
As a bi-cultural, bi-lingual clinician, Helen has worked within the Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare system as a clinical supervisor within Asian Community Mental Health Services and the City of Fremont Youth and Family Services overseeing K-12 school based clinical services and community care for those living with chronic and severe mental health conditions..
Her work has focused primarily on intersectional diverse communities, culturally responsive treatment, parenting education, school-based clinical services, grief and loss, and mentorship and leadership training of psychology students. Helen is on the advisory board for the JED foundation which focuses on teen and young adult suicide prevention and promoting mental health. She has worked extensively in private practice and as a consultant for Netflix and various universities, corporate, and clinical training sites. She author of several book chapters on clinical topics and is committed to community advocacy and leadership mentoring focusing on marginalized communities.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Asian American Psychological Association (2018)
  • Cultural Responsiveness Professional Award, Alameda County Mental Health Advisory Board (2017)
  • Okura Community Leadership Award, Asian American Psychological Association (2007)

Education & Certifications

  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology and Asian American Studies (1995)
  • Psy.D., California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, Clinical Psychology (2001)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Human Relations Commissioner, City of Union City (2006 - 2016)

    Appointed by Mayor and City Council to advise on matters which impact HRC Mission toward creating an environment in which the human rights of all elders, adults and children in Union City, no matter what their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity or sexual orientation, may live, learn, work and play in harmony and brotherhood.


    union City, CA

  • Instructor, Myanmar Clinical Psychology Consortium (6/2018 - Present)

    Pro Bono teaching, advisement, and clinical case review for MCPC to support its mission to provide formally organized clinical psychology education, clinical training, and research opportunities in Myanmar.


    yangon, myanmar

  • Katrina Assistance Project, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2005)

    Voluntary Crisis response deployment in support of First Responders and families following Hurricane Katrina


    New Orleans, LA

2023-24 Courses

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • President-elect, American Psychological Association- Div. 45 The Society for the Study of Race, Culture and Ethnicity (2022 - Present)
  • Advisory Board Member, JED Foundation (2020 - Present)
  • President, Asian American Psychological Association (2017 - 2019)
  • Training Advisory Committee Member, American Psychological Association - Minority Fellowship Institute (2015 - Present)
  • Committee Member, American Psychological Association - Committee on LGBTQ Concerns (now Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression) (2012 - 2014)
  • Member, American Psychological Association (2003 - Present)

All Publications

  • Cases in Multicultural Clinical Supervision Cases in Multicultural Clinical Supervision Hsu, H. H. edited by Manese, J., Burnes, T. Cognella Academic. 2018: 14