Bio


Helen is a staff psychologist, Asian American specialist, and lecturer at Stanford University, current president of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and Training Advisory Committee Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program.
She is also an adjunct professor at Palo Alto University. 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 in roles ranging from intern to clinical supervisor within Asian Community Mental Health Services and the City of Fremont Youth and Family Services.
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. She has worked extensively in private practice and is a consultant for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and author of several book chapters on clinical topics.

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.

    Location

    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.

    Location

    yangon, myanmar

2019-20 Courses


Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • President, Asian American Psychological Association (2017 - Present)
  • 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