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Joey Fung

Director of the Travis Research Institute and Professor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Department

BA, University of Michigan
MA, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses Taught

FR501: Research Methods, Statistics, and Design

PC813: Clinical Interventions: Child and Adolescent

PG852: Advanced Research Methods

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Culture and child psychopathology, parent training programs, parent-child relations, child and adolescent anxiety, mental health care for Asian and Asian American families

“As a Christ follower, in addition to using mindfulness to help me slow down and be more connected with my own thoughts, I engage in meditation to be more aware of and connected to God’s presence in my life. When worry about the future arises, I gently focus my attention to how God has been faithful to me in the past.”


Joey Fung, in a reflection on mindfulness and prayer.


Joey Fung is the director of the Travis Research Institute and a professor of psychology in the Clinical Psychology Department. She joined the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy faculty as an assistant professor in 2012. Dr. Fung’s research interests lie in parenting, parent-child relations, mindfulness, and culture and child psychopathology. Together with her students and colleagues, she is conducting research on school-based prevention intervention for ethnic minority youths, spirituality and mindfulness meditation, and identifying nontraditional delivery systems of mental health care in international settings.

Her work has been published in professional journals including the Journal of Family PsychologyBehavior TherapyJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

In collaboration with colleagues, Fung is conducting several research projects:

  1. Developmental Correlates of Parental Control examines cultural factors that may relate to parenting, mother/father-child relationships, family functioning, and child well-being in Asian American families.
  2. School-Based Mindfulness Intervention examines the efficacy of universal depression screening and school-based mindfulness training in improving academic and socioemotional functioning among ethnic minority youth (collaborators: Anna Lau, UCLA; Laurel Bear, Alhambra School District Gateway Program to Success).
  3. Raising My Child examines one-year prospective associations between parental control and child behavior problems in Chinese parent-child dyads in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Los Angeles (collaborators: Anna Lau, UCLA; Qiaobing Wu, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Chao Fan, University of Science and Technology, Beijing).
  4. Stress and Well-Being in Migrant Children and Families in China examines patterns of risk and resilience in Beijing migrant children and families, specifically how social and familial factors influence the way migrant children cope with their stress (collaborators: Maria Wong, Stevenson University; Ping Yao, Peking University, Beijing).
  5. Freedom Businesses among Trafficked Women examines the effect of a freedom business, Freeset, in Kolkata, India, on human development and mental health outcomes of women employed (collaborators: Winnie Fung, Wheaton College; Paul Lee, Wheaton College).

Download Fung’s CV, which includes a list of her current publications, here.