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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 & Articles

University of Windsor Professor Provides Pro bono Counselling to Front-line Workers (Dr. Ben Kuo, May 11, 2020, Windsor Star)

https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/uwindsor-psychology-prof-offers-online-counselling

Syrian Refugee Integration

 

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.


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.


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


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 multicultural counselling to track progress. 


Other News


Renee Taylor

2020 Social Sciences & Humanity Research Council (SSHRC) Storyteller Awardee Video by Renee Taylor: Lifting Heavy Burden (Based on Renee's SSHRC Funded Dissertation Study) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNVvMAGuaJ8


Selected Dissertation & Thesis Project Supervised by Dr. Kuo

  • Siqi Huang (2020, in progress). Coping with intergenerational conflict among Chinese Canadian emerging adults: Testing a cultural and contextual model with a mixed-mehods approach.
  • Renee Taylor (2020, in progress). A grounded theory study of Black Canadian psychological help-seeking 
  • 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)
  • Siqi Huang (2017). Psychological and academic entitlement: psychosocial and cultural predictors and effects on psychological well-being.
  • Renee Taylor (2018). Explaining Intentions to Seek Mental Health Services among Black Canadians.
  • Sara Keshavarzi (2018). Stress, Coping, and Religiosity among Recent Syrian Refugees in Canada. 
  • 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)
  • 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.

Refeered Journal Articles

  • Kuo, B. C. H., Granemann, L., Najibzadeh, A., Al-Saadi, R., Dali, M. & Alsmoudi, B. (In press). Examining post-migration social determinants as predictors of mental and physical health of recent Syrian refugees in Canada: Implications for counselling, practice, and research. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Li, Y., Kuo, B. C. H., Chen, P. H., & Lai, N. H. (2020). Recovery from anorexia nervosa in contemporary Taiwan: A multiple-case qualitative investigation from a cultural-contextual perspective. Transcultural Psychiatry, 0, 1-14. DOI: 10.1177/1363461520920327

  • Huang, S. & Kuo, B. C. H. (2020). Demographic, psychosocial, and cultural predictors of entitlement in a multiethnic Canadian undergraduate sample. Social Psychology of Education. DOI:10.1007/s11218-020-09547-1

  • Taylor, R. & Kuo, B. C. H. (2020). A theory driven exploration of Black Canadians’ psychological help-seeking intentions. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Kuo, B. C. H., Soucie, K., & Huang, S. (2019). Developing clinical trainees’ multicultural counseling competencies through working with refugees in a multicultural psychotherapy practicum: A mixed-methods investigation. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 1-20. (Online First). DOI: 10.1007/s10447-019-09392-8

  • Taylor, R. & Kuo, B. C. H. (2018). Black American psychological help-seeking intention: An integrated literature review with recommendations for clinical practice (OnlineFirst). Journal of Integrative Psychotherapy. DOI: 10.1037/int0000131

  • Kuo, B. C. H., Soucie, K., Huang, S. & Laith, R. (2018). The mediating role of cultural coping behaviours on the relationships between academic stress and positive psychosocial well-being outcomes. International Journal of Psychology, 53, 27-36, DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12421.

  • 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. 

  • Kuo, B. C. H., Granemann, L., Najibzadeh, A., Al-Saadi, R., Dali, M., & Alsmoudi, B. (2019). Syrian refugees in Windsor, Canada: Social relationship, general health, and mental health. An oral presentation delivered at the 2019 Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Conference at York University in Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Kuo, B. C. H., Salam, Z., Soucie, K., Ly, C., Huang, S. & country collaborators (2018). Cultural coping with school burnout: A 15-Country study. An oral presentation delivered at the 24th International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 
  • Kuo, B. C. H., Soucie, K., & Huang, S. (2018). Evaluating the change process of therapist trainees’ multicultural competencies through working with refugee clients: A mixed-methods investigation. An oral presentation delivered at the 24th International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 
  • Taylor, R., Kuo, B., C. H., & Huang, S. (2018). Assessing changes in therapeutic alliance between therapist trainees and their refugee clients from a multicultural and process perspective. An oral presentation presented at the 24th International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 
  • Huang, S. & Kuo, B. C. H. (2018). Psychological and academic entitlement: Demographic, psychosocial, and cultural predictors, and relationship with psychological well-being. Presented at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Canada
  • Huang, S. & Kuo, B. C. H. (2018). Is entitlement a Western individualistic phenomenon? Examining the relationships between psychological entitlement, academic entitlement, and self-construals in an ethnically diverse sample of Canadian young adults. A poster presentation presented at the 24th International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  • Taylor, R., Kuo, B. C. H., & Huang, S. (2017). Multicultural therapeutic alliance from the perspectives of therapist trainees and their refugee clients. A student symposium presentation for the International & Cross-Cultural Section at the 2017 Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention in Toronto.
  • Kuo, B. C. H., Soucie, K., Laith, R., Atilade, C., Huang, S., & Adekoya, I. O. (2016). Testing a cultural model of coping with academic stress in a Canadian undergraduate sample. A paper presentation delivered at the 23rd International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Nagoya, Japan.