Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
Sherry C. Wang earned her BA in Psychology from Smith College, and her MA and PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she had a rotation opportunity working with survivors of political torture. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she expanded her focus from immigrant and refugee mental health to examine barriers of care for African Americans living in the Deep South. Her research interests are focused on cultural factors in ethnic minority health disparities, such as the role of acculturation, stigma, and oppression in risky behaviors (e.g., hazardous alcohol use, risky sexual behaviors, HIV). To better understand how individual and systemic factors perpetuate oppression, she draws from quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. She co-directs the organization, Research Initiative on Social Justice and Equity, which is a national team of faculty, students, and community members committed to using critical inquiry to address issues of systemic inequalities. She is also a fellow of the APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), a scholar of the UCLA HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse and Training Program (HA-STTP), and an early career award recipient from the National Multicultural and Counseling Summit (NMCS). At Santa Clara University, she will be teaching her favorite classes, which include multicultural counseling, developmental counseling, micro skills, and counseling theories.