Wei-Chin Hwang

Claremont McKenna, Professor, Psychology
Office: Seaman 225, Claremont McKenna College
Phone: 909-607-2762
Email: wei-chin.hwang@claremontmckenna.edu

Research Interest:

Dr. Wei-Chin Hwang is a Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He received his Ph.D. from the clinical psychology program at UCLA (2003), completed his pre-doctoral fellowship at Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS) – National Asian American Psychology Training Center, and completed a clinical-research postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding and reducing mental health disparities, psychotherapy process and outcomes, improving therapist cultural competency and effectiveness when working with people from different backgrounds, and developing models and frameworks for culturally adapting therapy for ethnic minorities. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has an independent practice in Pasadena and Claremont, California.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (2003)
Minor:  Psychometrics & Measurement
M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (1999)
B.A. Psychology, B.A. Asian Studies, University of Utah (1997)


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Ethnic Minority Psychology and Mental Health

Selected Publications:

  • Hwang, W., Wood, J. J., & Fujimoto, K. (2010). Acculturative Family Distancing (AFD) and depression in Chinese American Families. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(5), 655-677.
  • Hwang, W., Myers, H. F., Abe-Kim, J., & Ting, J. Y. (2008). A conceptual paradigm for understanding culture’s impact on mental health: The Cultural Influences on Mental Health (CIMH) Model. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 212-228
  • Hwang, W. (2006). The Psychotherapy Adaptation and Modification Framework (PAMF): Application to Asian Americans. American Psychologist, 61(7), 702-715.