Featured Psychologist: Stanley Sue, PhD

Dr. Stanley SueDr. Stanley Sue is recognized nationally as an active contributor on issues related to minority populations and mental health. He is one of the most prominent leaders in multicultural studies (Rockwell, 2001). Sue was born in Portland, Ore., and was the third of six children born to first and second generation Chinese immigrants. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon followed by a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles in Psychology.

Sue has devoted 30 years of his career examining mental health and ethnicity. Exploring ways to lessen emotional distress among ethnic minorities has remained the focal point of his research (Rockwell 2001). The civil rights movement steered his interest away from clinical psychology, and into the direction of those in ethnic minority communities. 

His work demonstrates the complications experienced by minority groups and presents guidelines for accurately providing suitable mental health services (Stanley Sue). Sue founded the Asian American Psychological Association in 1972, which is now an organization with national membership. Because of his relentless efforts, those in and outside the field of psychology have been able to use his findings as a platform to create additional mental health programs that are culturally focused.

Sue is currently a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, where he also is the director of the Center for Excellence in Diversity. Prior to these positions he was a professor at the University of California Davis, University of California Los Angeles, and also the University of Washington. He is the recipient of several honorable awards, which include the 2003 American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research Award. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Psychological Association in 2005. Recently, Sue became a recipient of the 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award, and also played a critical role in the development of the Asian Pacific American Psychological Association, which is a student organization on the campus of Palo Alto University.

Palo Alto University. (2009) Stanley Sue
PR Office. Palo Alto University Professor Earns National Recognition (2012, January 5). [Press release]
Rockwell, S. (2001, April 20). Stanley Sue earns kudos for improving minority psyches. Dateline UC Davis
Stanley Sue Citation. (1987). American Psychologist®, 323-326. (PDF, 411KB)