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Multicultural Clinical and Counselling Research Group (MCCRG)

Multicultural Clinical and Counselling Research Group (MCCRG)

The MCCRG is a research group consisted of graduate/undergraduate students and faculty researchers who are interested in cultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural research. This research group is particularly interested in applied cultural and multicultural research with a specific focus on research's relevance to clinical/counselling psychology practices and training and mental health implications and interventions. The MCCRG’s philosophy premises on the importance of investigating and applying theoretically-driven and empirically-tested cultural variables (e.g., self-construals, individualism-collectivism, acculturation, ethnic and racial identity, multicultural counselling competence, etc.) to psychological inquiries. Studies conducted under the scope of the MCCRG also include research with culturally diverse and understudied sample populations domestically and internationally. The group meets biweekly to discuss, exchange, and critique research ideas and on-going projects carried out by members of the group. These projects have included students’ theses/dissertations, independent research studies, and faculty-student collaborations. Members of the group are supported and encouraged to submit their works to academic conferences and refereed publications.

News:

  • Raida Farzat, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee who lives in Windsor is using art to deal with the psychological trauma of living through the violence of war. We spoke to University of Windsor clinical psychologist Ben Kuo.


Listen to the interview in the link: 

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/919533635677

  • Psychology professor Ben Kuo at his office in the University of Windsor, Ontario. Kuo is part of a five year research project studying Syrian refugees' adaptation to life in Canada.

Read the article about the national study in the link:
http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/03/21/news/syrians-adapt-life-canada-researchers-eye-these-key-factors

  • Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo was honoured at the university’s “Celebration of Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity” event on March 8th, 2017, as the newest recipient of U. of Windsor’s 2017 Outstanding Research Award: Established Scholars/Researchers.


    Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo with the Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Dr. K. W. Michael Siu, Dr. Ming Zheng, and the President, Dr. Alan Wildeman


    Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo with other Psychology Faculty Awardees and Attendees at the event


    Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo with Students from the Multicultural Clinical & Counselling Research lab: Rachel Plowman, Siqi Huang, Sara Keshavarzi, and Renee Taylor

  • A University of Windsor professor is part of a national study looking into the long-term outcomes of Syrian refugees.

Read the article about the national study in the link:

http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/university-of-windsor-prof-to-study-syrian-refugee-integration-1.2254811

  • The University of Windsor is taking part in a four-year study that will track the well-being of Syrian refugees who've come to Canada. It should give us a real picture of what these people have had to overcome. We spoke to professor Ben Kuo.


Listen to the interview in the link: 

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/826957891941

  • At the 18:13 time mark, an interview with Dr. Kuo from CTV Windsor about the long term study of Syrian refugees.

 

  • Psychology professor Dr. Ben Kuo will lead the Windsor portion of a national study into the long-term integration of Syrian refugees into Canadian life.

Read the article about the long-term study in the link:

http://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2016-12-01/uwindsor-study-track-long-term-health-and-wellness-syrian-refugees

  • A University of Windsor Psychology professor Dr. Ben Kuo is part of a national team of researchers which will spend the next five years tracking 2,250 Syrian refugees.

Read the article about the research in the link: 

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/windsor-researchers-join-five-year-study-of-syrian-refugees

  • Psychology Professor Dr. Ben Kuo from the University of Windsor is involved in a national study that focuses on the integration of Syrian refugees into Canadian life. By using cross-cultural psychology and multi-cultural counselling to track progress. 

Read the article about the research in the link: 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/syrian-refugees-windsor-study-1.3883086

  • Former MCCRG memeber Dr. Vaness Chong's recently published article at Asian American Journal of Psychology was selected as the 'Feature Article' of the September 2015 Issue of the journal for its outstanding quality and potential contributions.

Chong, V. & Kuo, B. C. H. (2015). Racial identity profiles of Asian-White biracial young adults: Testing a theoretical model with cultural and psychological Correlates. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 203-212. doi.org/10.1037/aap0000022

Read the interview with Dr. Chong in the link: 

http://aapaonline.org/2015/09/13/aajp-september-2015/

 

Recent Ph.D Graduates from the Research Group 

Dr. Phoenix Gillis (2013)

Dr. David Han Zhang Liang (2013)

 

Dr. Vanessa Chong (2012)

 

Dr. Trang Le (2011)

Thesis/Dissertation (Supervised by Dr. Kuo)

Doctoral Dissertations:

Beatriz Rodriguez Rubio (2014). Examining the process of the development of multicultural counselling competencies in therapist trainees (Nominee for the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award).

Alma Roldan (2012).  Seeking help for psychological distress: The role of acculturation, family relationships, coping, and stigma among Latin Americans in Canada. (Nominee for the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award; Recipient of the CPA’s Certificate of Academic Excellence)

Phoneix Gillis (2012). Problem gambling as a response to social and occupational stressor: Exploring a moderation model of stress and coping. (Nominee for the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award)

Vanessa Chong (2012). Racial identity, family, and psychological adjustment in Asian-White biracial young adults.

David Han Zhang Liang (2012). Critical factors predicting willingness to seek professional treatment and informal support among frequent gamblers.

Trang K. Le (2011). Sibling acculturation discrepancy, sibling relationship quality and adjustment among Vietnamese and Chinese young adults in Canada: A mixed method approach. (Recipient of the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award)

Justine Joseph (2010). Willingness to seek professional psychological help among Canadians of African descent: A culturally based help-seeking model. (Nominee for the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award &  CPA John Berry Graduate Student Research Award; Recipient of the CPA’s Certificate of Academic Excellence)

Masters Theses:

Vanessa Chong (2007). Perceived acculturation discrepancies and intergenerational conflict in Asian Canadian families.(SSHRC Masters Scholarship; Nominee for the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award)

David Liang (2007). Acculturation and the help-seeking behaviour of Asian-Canadian gamblers and problem gamblers: Exploring the role of informal sources of help. (SSHRC Masters Scholarship; Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship; Nominee for the Ontario Governor’s Gold Medal Award)

Honour’s Theses:

Angela Downie (2014). Cultural coping, collective self esteem, and family relationship quality as correlates of academic stress in White European Canadian and Asian Canadian undergraduate students.

Mohamed Alsabaw (2009). Predictors of psychological well-being among undergraduate students.

Examples of Publications by the MCCRG

Refeered Journal Articles:

*Student Co-author

Kuo, B. C. H., Roldan-Bau, A.* & Lowinger, R. (2015). Psychological help seeking among Latin American immigrants in Canada: Testing a culturally-expanded model of Theory of Reasoned Action, using path analysis. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 37,179-197. doi: 10.1007/s10447-015-9236-5

Chong, V.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2015). Racial identity profiles of Asian-White biracial young adults: Testing a theoretical model with cultural and psychological Correlates. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 203-212. doi.org/10.1037/aap0000022

Kuo, B. C. H. & Arcuri, A.* (2014). Multicultural therapy practicum involving refugees: Description and illustration of a training model. The Counselling Psychologist, 42, 1021-1052. doi: 10.1177/0011000013491610

 Kuo, B. C. H., Arnold, R. & Rodriguez-Rubio, B.* (2013). Mediating effects of coping in the link between spirituality and psychological distress in a culturally diverse undergraduate sample. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture. doi:10.1080/13674676.2013.780015

Joseph, J.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2009). Black Canadians’ coping response to racial discrimination. Journal of Black Psychology, 35, 78-101. doi: 10.1177/0095798408323384

Kuo, B. C. H., Chong, V.*, & Joseph. J.* (2008). Depression and its psychosocial correlates among older Asian immigrants in North America: A critical review of two decades’ research. Journal of Aging and Health, 20, 615-652. doi: 10.1177/0898264308321001

Kuo, B. C. H., Kwantes, C. T., Towson, S., & Nanson, K. M.* (2006). Social beliefs as determinants of attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help among ethnically diverse university students. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 40, 224-241.

Conference Papers:

Kuo, B. C. H., Rodriguez-Rubio, B.* & Batoul, B.* (2014). Impacts of experiential multicultural therapy training on trainees’ cultural and general clinical competencies: A qualitative study. An oral presentation accepted for the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, France.

Kuo, B. C. H., Roldan, A.* & Lowinger, R. J. (2014) Cultural model of psychological help seeking among Latin Americans in Canada: Acculturation, familism, and cultural coping. A symposium presentation accepted for the 22nd International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Reims, France.

Kuo, B. C. H., Rodriguez-Rubio, B.*, Batoul, B.* & Prada, L.* (2013). A mixed-methods investigation of therapist trainees’ learning of multicultural counseling competencies through working with refugee clients. A symposium paper presented at the 8th Biennial Meeting of the International Academy of Intercultural Research in Reno, Nevada.

Rodriguez-Rubio, B.*, Kuo, B. C. H., & Batoul, B.* (2012). Longitudinal development of multicultural counselling competencies in graduate trainees through a multicultural therapy practicum. A symposium presentation presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Integration of Psychotherapy in Evanston, Illinois. 

Chong, V.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2011). Racial identity, family, and psychological adjustment in biracial young adults in Canada and the U.S. A symposium presentation at the 2011 CPA Annual Convention in Toronto.

Joseph, J.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2011). Willingness to seek professional psychological help among Canadians of African descent: A culturally based help-seeking model. A symposium presentation at the 2011 CPA Annual Convention in Toronto.

Le, T.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2011). Sibling acculturation discrepancy, sibling relationship quality and adjustment among Vietnamese and Chinese Canadian young adults: A mixed-methods investigation. A symposium presentation at the 2011 CPA Annual Convention in Toronto.

Rodriguez-Rubio, B.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2011). Predictors of multicultural counselling competencies among clinical therapist trainees: Mindfulness skills, multicultural life experiences and experiential practicum training. A symposium presentation at the 2011 CPA Annual Convention in Toronto.

Kuo, B. C. H. & Gillis, P.* (2010). Predictors of treatment-seeking by in-patient problem gamblers in Canada: A theoretically-driven approach. Oral presentation at the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Kuo, B. C. H., Arnold, R., & Rodriquez-Rubio, B.*, & Alsabawi, M.* (2010). Culture-based coping as mediators of spirituality and psychological well-being in a sample of ethnically-diverse Canadian undergraduate students. Poster presentation at the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference. Melbourne, Australia.

Joseph, J.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2009). A culturally-grounded psychological help-seeking model for Black Canadians. A poster presentation accepted for the 2009 American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario.

Joseph, J.*, Bagby, M., & Kuo, B. C. H.(2009).Achieving cultural appropriateness in mental health service delivery: Test of an Africentric paradigm in a Black Canadian context. A symposium presentation accepted for ‘From beliefs to symptoms: Quantitative approaches to the study of culture and psychopathology’ symposium at the 2009 Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Quebec.

Liang, D.* & Kuo, B. C. H. (2008). Acculturation and the help-seeking behaviour of Asian-Canadian gamblers and problem gamblers: Exploring the role of informal sources of help. A poster presentation accepted for the 2008 American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Boston.