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Joyce P. Chu, PhD



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PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan (2005)
MA, Psychology, Stanford University
BA, Psychology, Stanford University


Joyce Chu, PhD, is a Professor at Palo Alto University. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Stanford University, her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chu co-leads the Multicultural Suicide and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Research Groups at PAU, and is also Director of the Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) emphasis which trains future psychologists to work with underserved populations in the public mental health sector. Under her leadership, the DCMH emphasis received awards for innovative practices in graduate education in psychology in 2011 by both the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs, and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Dr. Chu also co-directs PAU’s Center for Excellence in Diversity, which was founded in 2010 by Dr. Stanley Sue. At PAU, she is an associated researcher with the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research Group.

Dr. Chu’s work is focused around depression and suicide in ethnic minority adult and geriatric populations, particularly in Asian Americans. Her work is community-collaborative and aims to understand barriers to service use and develop culturally congruent outreach and service options for Asian Americans and other underserved communities. She has an interest in advancing the assessment and prevention of suicide for cultural minority populations, and has published a cultural theory and model of suicide with her collaborators Peter Goldblum and Bruce Bongar. As part of this work, she and her colleagues have developed a tool to assist clinicians in accounting for cultural influences on suicide risk.

In 2012, Dr. Chu received the APA Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology. In 2013, she was awarded the AAPA Early Career Award from the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).

Areas of Interest:

Suicide, Ethnic Minority Populations, and Diversity

Selected Publications:

Selected articles:

Chu, J., Poon, G., Kwok, K., Leino, A., Goldblum, P., & Bongar, B. (in press). An assessment of training in and practice of culturally competent suicide assessment. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Chu, J., Hoeflein, B.T.R., Goldblum, P., Bongar, B., Heyne, G.M., Gadinsky, N., & Skinta, M. (in press). Innovations in Culturally Competent Suicide Management Practice. Practice Innovations.

Chu, J., & Leino, A. (2017). Advancement in the maturing science of cultural adaptations of evidence-based interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(1), 45-57.

Chu, J., Khoury, O., Ma, J., Bahn, F., Bongar, B., & Goldblum, P. (in press). An empirical model and ethnic differences in cultural meanings via motives for suicide. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Mandavia, A., Huang, D., Wong, J., Ruiz, B., Crump, F., Shen, J., Martinez, M., Botcheva, L., Vega, E., Chu, J., Lewis, S., Yang, L.H. (in press). Violating clan and kinship roles as risk factors for suicide and stigma among Lao refugees: An application of the Cultural Model of Suicide and “What Matters Most” frameworks. Israeli Journal of Psychiatry (Special Issue on Stigma).

Chu, J., Leino, A., Pflum, S., & Sue, S. (2016). A model for the theoretical basis of cultural competency to guide psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47(1), 18.

Chu, J., Goldblum, P., & Bongar, B. (2016). Advancement in culturally competent suicide assessment and prevention. The California Psychologist, 49(1). 28-29.

Chu, J.P., Chi, K., Chen, K., & Leino, A. (2014). Ethnic variations in suicidal ideation and behaviors: A prominent subtype marked by non-psychiatric factors among Asian Americans. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Chu, J.P., Floyd, R., Diep, H., Pardo, S., Goldblum, P., & Bongar, B. (2013). A tool for the culturally competent assessment of suicide: The Cultural Assessment of Risk for Suicide (CARS) measure. Psychological Assessment, 25(2), 424-434.

Sue, S., Cheng, J.K.Y., Saad, C., & Chu, J.P. (2012). Asian American mental health: A call to action.  American Psychologist, 67(7), 532-544.

Chu, J.P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A., & Byrd-Olmstead, J. (2012). The Public Psychology Doctoral Training Model: Training clinical psychologists in community mental health competencies and leadership. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6(2), 76-83.

Akutsu, P.D., & Chu, J.P. (2012). Research and assessment issues in the study of psychopathology in Asians. In E.C. Chang (Ed.), Handbook of Adult Psychopathology in Asians: Theory, diagnosis, and treatment. Oxford University Press.

Chu, J.P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A., & Byrd-Olmstead, J. (2012). Public psychology: A competency model for professional psychologists in community mental health. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(1), 39-49.

Chu, J.P., Huynh, L., & Arean, P. (2012). Cultural adaptation of evidence-based practice utilizing an iterative stakeholder process and theoretical framework: Problem Solving Therapy for Chinese older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(1), 97-106.

Chu, J.P., Hsieh, K., & Tokars, D. (2011). Help-seeking tendencies in Asian Americans with suicidal ideation and attempts. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 2(1), 25-38.

Chu, J. P. & Sue, S. (2011). Asian American mental health: What we know and what we don't know. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 3.

Chu, J.P., Goldblum, P., Floyd, R., & Bongar, B. (2010). The cultural theory and model of suicide. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 14, 25-40.

Bistricky, S., Mackin, S., Chu, J.P., & Arean, P.A. (2010). Recruitment of African Americans and Asian Americans with late-life depression and mild cognitive impairment. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(8), 734-742.

Akutsu, P.D., Tsuru, G. K., & Chu, J. P. (2010). Pre-intake attrition of non-attendance of intake appointments at an ethnic-specific mental health program for Asian American children and adolescents. AAPI Nexus, 8(2), 39-61.

Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., Chu, J.P., Tsai, J.L., Rottenberg, J., Gross, J.J., & Gotlib, I.H. (2007). Depression and emotional reactivity: Variation among Asian Americans of East Asian descent and European Americans. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(4), 776-785.

Akutsu, P.D., & Chu, J. P. (2006). Ethnic differences in problems that initiate professional help-seeking by Asian Americans. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37(4), 407-415.

Selected Books:

Goldblum, P.B., Espelage, D., Chu, J., & Bongar, B. (2014). The Challenge of Youth Suicide and Bullying. Oxford University Press.

Chu, J., Leino, A., Pflum, S., & Sue, S. (in press). Psychotherapy with Racial/Ethnic Minorities: Theory and Practice. In L.E. Beutler, A.J. Consoli, & B. Bongar (Eds.), Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy (Second Edition). Oxford University Press.

Pflum, S., Goldblum, P., Chu, J., & Bongar, B. (in press). Peer Aggression and Bullying in Children and Adolescents: Implications for Suicide Management. In P.M. Kleespies & J.M. Hill (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Emergencies and Crises. Oxford University Press.

Chu, J.P., Ma, J., Bongar, B., & Goldblum, P. (2014). Sociocultural Explanations of Suicide. In

P.B. Goldblum, D. Espelage, J. Chu, & B. Bongar (Eds.), The Challenge of Youth Suicide and Bullying. Oxford University Press.

Chu, J.P., & Akutsu, P.D. (2010). Intergenerational masculinity strain among Asian American men: Emotion, coping, and therapy approaches. In W.M. Liu, D.K. Iwamoto, & M. Chae (Eds.), Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men. (pp. 83-107). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Areán, P.A., Alexopoulos, G., & Chu, J.P. (2008). Cognitive behavioral case management for depressed low-income older adults. In D. Ghallagher-Thompson, A. Steffen, & L.W. Thompson (Eds.), Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults. New York: Springer.

Websites and Other Relevant Links:

Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research

Dr. Chu awarded AAPA Early Career Award

Dr. Chu receives APA Diversity Award

The Diversity and Community Mental Health emphasis awarded 2011 APA Board of Educational Affaris award. 

The Diversity and Community Mental Health emphasis awarded 2011 NCSPP award