Hsiu-Lan Cheng

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5721 ED 021


Dr. Cheng's research focuses on multicultural issues and mental health, attachment and affect regulation, positive psychology, and help-seeking attitudes and behaviors among diverse populations. She is particularly interested in the contextualization of mental health and psychological wellbeing within the sociocultural milieu of racism, acculturative stress, and classism.

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 (2011-2015) and a counseling psychologist at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2006-2011). 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 recently named amongst the 99 Top Professors in Counseling, Psychology and Therapy list in the Masters in Counseling Information Guide (www.mastersincounseling.org).

PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology program, New Mexico State University
Counseling Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Multicultural issues and mental health
Help-seeking attitudes and behaviors
Attachment and affect regulation
Positive psychology

Turner, E. A., Cheng, H., Llamas, J. D., Tran, A. G. T., Hill, K. X., Fretts, J. M., & Mercado, A. (under review). Disparities in the use of outpatient psychiatric treatment among ethnic minorities: Current status and implications for care.

Cheng, H., Hitter, T., Adams, E., & Williams, C.* (under review). Minority stress and depressive symptoms in Mexican American students: The moderator roles of familism, ethnic identity, and gender.

Cheng, H.-L., McDermott, R. C., Wong, Y. J. & La, S. (in press). Drive for muscularity in Asian American men: Sociocultural and racial/ethnic factors as correlates. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

McDermott, R. C., Cheng, H., Wright, C., Browning, B., Upton, A., & Sevig, T. (2015). Adult attachment dimensions and college student distress: The mediating role of hope. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 822-852.

Cheng, H., McDermott, R. C., & Lopez, F. (2015). Mental health, self-stigma, and help-seeking intentions among emerging adults: An attachment perspective. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 463-487.

Cheng, H., Lin, S-P., & Cha, C. (2015). Perceived discrimination, intergenerational family conflicts and depressive symptoms in foreign-born and U.S.-born Asian American emerging adults. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 107-116.

Cheng, H., & Mallinckrodt, B. (2015). Racial/ethnic discrimination, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and alcohol problems in a longitudinal study of Hispanic/Latino college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 38-49.

Cheng, H. (2014). Disordered eating among Asian/Asian American women: Racial and cultural factors as correlates. The Counseling Psychologist, 42, 821-851.

Cheng, H., Kwan, K. K., & Sevig, T. (2013). Racial and ethnic minority college students’ stigma associated with seeking psychological help: Examining psychocultural correlates. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 98-111.

Cheng, H., Mallinckrodt, B., Soet, J., & Sevig, T. (2010). Developing a screening instrument and at-risk profile for non-suicidal self-injurious behavior in college women and men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57, 128-139.

Cheng, H., & Mallinckrodt, B. (2009). Parental bonds, anxious attachment, media internalization, and body image dissatisfaction: Exploring a mediation model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 365-375.

Cheng, H., Mallinckrodt, B., & Wu, L-C. (2005). Anger expression toward parents and depressive symptoms among undergraduates in Taiwan. The Counseling Psychologist, 33, 72-97.

Awards & Distinctions

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 (http://www.mastersincounseling.org/counseling-profs.html) (2013)