Hsui-Lan Cheng

Hsiu-Lan Cheng

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Hsiu-Lan Cheng's research examines help-seeking attitudes and mental health concerns (particularly depression, body image concerns, disordered eating) from the intersection of racial and ethnic minority psychology, objectification theory, attachment theory, and positive psychology. She is particularly interested in understanding the contextualization of mental health and psychological wellbeing within the sociocultural milieu of racism, sexism, classism, immigration, and acculturation.  Dr. Cheng’s most recent research projects involve collaboration with San Francisco Chinatown community agencies to highlight the understudied and underserved mental health concerns within the immigrant population.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Cheng worked as an assistant professor of counseling psychology at New Mexico State University and a practicing counseling psychologist at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Cheng's research has been funded by the American Psychological Association. She is a fellow of the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Cheng was named amongst the 99 Top Professors in Counseling, Psychology and Therapy list in the Masters in Counseling Information Guide.

Research Areas

  • Multiculturalism and mental health
  • Objectification theory
  • Attachment theory and affect regulation
  • Positive psychology


  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology program, New Mexico State University
  • Counseling Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Awards & Distinctions

  • Research Award on Psychotherapy with Women, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), American Psychological Association (2018)
  • Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence, New Mexico Statue University (2015)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, College of Education, New Mexico State University (2014)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Minority Fellowship Program; a program funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2014)
  • Named amongst the 99 Top Professors in Counseling, Psychology and Therapy list in the Masters in Counseling Information Guide (2013)

Selected Publications