The Department of Psychology’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Richard Lee

Richard Lee, Ph. D. ('96)
Richard Lee, Ph. D. (’96)

Please join us in welcoming back to campus Dr. Richard Lee, a 1996 graduate of our counseling psychology doctoral program. Dr. Lee is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. His areas of expertise include counseling psychology, prevention science, ethnic minority mental health, international adoption, individual differences, and Asian American studies. Dr. Lee is a current fellow and past president of the Asian American Psychological Association, as well as a current fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and 45 (Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race).

Title of talk: Contesting and Creating Narratives About Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in International Adoption

Abstract: Growing up as a racial minority within one’s own family, not knowing birth family history, and having limited access to ethnic heritage and culture present unique psychological, social, and medical challenges for internationally adopted individuals and their families. I will present a series of studies using survey, observational, and mixed method designs that contest dominant narratives and create alternate narratives about race, ethnicity, and culture in international adoption. Issues to be addressed include how parents and youth talk about ethnicity and race, ethnic identity development, experiences with discrimination and racism, birth family search and reunions, and the role of genetic testing in adoption.

The talk will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in the Grace Street Theater at 934 W. Grace St. Reception and light hors d’oeuvres to follow.

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