Dr. Sumie Okazaki
Dr. Sumie Okazaki is Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She conducts research on the impact of immigration, social and culture change, and race on Asian and Asian American adolescents, emerging adults, and parents within local and transnational contexts. With colleagues in anthropology, education, and developmental psychology as well as community partners, she has ongoing research projects with urban Asian American adolescents and parents in New York City; Chinese parents and adolescents in Nanjing, China; Korean American and Filipino American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City, Southeast Asia, and South Korea. Her most recent book, co-authored with Nancy Abelmann, is titled Korean American Families in Immigrant America: How Teens and Parents Navigate Race (2018, NYU Press). In the past, she has served as the President of Asian American Psychological Association and as Associate Editor of the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology journal. She is currently serving on the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training (CEMRRAT2) Task Force and chairs the William T. Grant Foundation Selection Committee for the Institutional Challenge Grant. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA and was on the faculty in the psychology departments and Asian American Studies programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to her current position at NYU.