Kevin M. Chun, Ph.D.

Kevin M. Chun, PhDKevin M. Chun, PhD, is professor of psychology and co-founder of Asian American Studies and Critical Diversity Studies at the University of San Francisco. He completed his BS in Psychology at Santa Clara University, PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, and Psychology Internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

His research focuses on family acculturation processes and their relation to health and psychosocial adjustment for Asian-American immigrants. A primary goal of his research, which is informed by community-based participatory research methods and a commitment to social justice, is to promote the health of traditionally underserved immigrant families by strengthening their bicultural health management skills in diverse health care and family settings. Most recently, Chun was co-principal investigator for the "Chinese Family Diabetes Education Project," a collaborative research study between UCSF, USF, Cameron House and North East Medical Services in San Francisco. This four-year R01 study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was the first in the nation to develop and test a culturally-adapted cognitive-behavioral type 2 diabetes management intervention for Chinese American immigrants. 
 
Chun's publications include Acculturation: Advances in Theory, Measurement and Applied Research (APA), which he co-edited with Pamela Balls Organista, PhD, and Gerardo Marin, PhD. Chun, Balls Organista and Marin recently co-authored the textbook, The Psychology of Ethnic Groups in the United States (2010, Sage Publications), which explores fundamental issues and methods in the field of ethnic psychology. Chun is also a contributing author to a number of scholarly works, including the Handbook of Asian American Psychology (1st & 2nd editions, Sage), Acculturation and Parent-Child Relationships: Measurement and Development (Lawrence Erlbaum), Handbook of Mental Health and Acculturation in Asian American Families (Humana Press), Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology (Sage), Ethnocultural Approaches to Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Issues, Research, and Clinical Applications (APA), Religion At The Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities (Duke University Press), and Handbook of Adult Psychopathology in Asians: Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment (Oxford University Press). Chun's publications also include professional articles in a number of journals, including Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Family Psychology, Diabetes Care, Qualitative Health Research, Psychology and Health, Journal of Community Psychology and Research in Nursing and Health.
 
Dr. Chun was a recipient of the USF Irvine Scholar Fellowship in 1995, the USF Ignatian Service Award in 2004, the USF Office of Multicultural Services Faculty Award in 2007, and the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions from the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) in 2005. He was appointed Fellow of AAPA in 2011 for "unusual and outstanding contributions to the field."