Eric C. Chen

Eric Chen


Counseling Psychology

113 West 60th Street
Room 1012C
[email protected]

Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 3 - 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. Students may also schedule virtual appointments by emailing [email protected] and clicking

Eric C. Chen, Ph.D., was born and raised in Taiwan. He taught Chinese in a high school in Taipei before coming to the U.S. to pursue his graduate degrees.

Following the completion of his pre-doctoral APA-accredited internship at The University of Texas at Austin, Counseling, and Mental Health Center, he received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University and joined Fordham in 1995. He has served as PES Division Chair from 2003 to 2006 and as Training Director of the Ph.D. Counseling Psychology program from 2010 to 2012.

He has served on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Counseling Psychology (2002-2009) and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, for which he also served as an Associate Editor from 2007-2010.

His current research programs focus on educational and career pursuits of legal and undocumented immigrant students and LGBTQ issues and health.

Ongoing Research Projects

Negotiation of Stigmatized Identities, Interpersonal Relationships, and Help-Seeking Among HIV-Affected Young Adults in the U.S.
Despite encouraging evidence suggesting that HIV prevalence rates are stabilizing in the general population, continued HIV transmissions warrant further investigation into possible causes of the spread of the disease. We are currently recruiting self-identified gay men for a study that examines the psychological, social, urban and cultural contexts that affect the risk and resilience among HIV-affected individuals, broadly defined as individuals who are not infected but exposed to HIV/AIDS.

If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact my Research Assistant for the study, Douglas Boyd, at 929-276-2553 or email [email protected].

Concealable Stigmatized Identities of Undocumented Immigrant Families’ and Sociocultural Adjustment and Adaptation
Chen and his research team are in the process of starting a new research project that aims to deepen our understanding of undocumented immigrant families’ identity negotiation and sociocultural adjustment and adaptation. For more information about this study, please visit the Facebook page, contact him at [email protected], or his Research Assistant, Kabeel Dosani, [email protected].

Negotiation and Disclosure of Concealable Stigmatized Identities among Transgender Individuals
Chen and his research team are conducting two research studies about young transgender adults, between the ages of 18-30, regarding (a) their childhood experiences at home and in school pertaining to their transgender identities/gender non-conforming preferences/behaviors; and (b) their transgender identity negotiation and disclosure in personal relationships. Please contact him at [email protected], or his research team members: Jennifer Opromalla, [email protected], and Hannah Sugarman, [email protected].

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University, 1995
    Internship, The University of Texas at Austin, Counseling and Mental Health Center, 1994-95
    MS, Counseling, University of Oregon, 1991
    BA, Chinese, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 1987

  • Ongoing Research

    Perceptions of Self and Educational and Work Pursuits Among Undocumented Immigrant College Students After Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (DACA DREAMer Study) (Research Team Members: Caroline Brachfeld, Tara Gore, Chana Krupka, Andrea Pratt, and Hannah Wertz, Counseling Psychology Program and School Psychology Program) (Proposal accepted as a poster presentation at the 2016 APA conference in Denver, Colorado).

    Transgender Women’s Identity Negotiation Prior, During and After Their Gender Transition (Research Team Members: Jayne Eckley, Counseling Psychology Program, and Hannah Sugarman, School Psychology Program)

    Current Doctoral Students' Research

    “Patients’ Experiences of Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Grounded Theory Analysis” (Elena E. Kim, and Caroline Brachfeld, Counseling Psychology Program) (Proposal accepted as a symposium presentation at the 2016 APA conference in Denver, Colorado.) This study was based on Elena E. Kim’s research apprenticeship project conducted under the direction of her faculty supervisor, Eric C. Chen, Ph.D., and she received a Student Research Award of $500 from Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion & Spirituality) for this study.

    “Possible Selves and Resiliency of Formerly Incarcerated Black and Hispanic Young Adults” (Le Mont Lee, School Psychology Program) (Proposal accepted as a poster presentation at the 2016 APA conference in Denver, Colorado).

    “Religiosity, Optimism, Attributions, and Marital Satisfaction Among Orthodox Jewish Couples” (Yishai Barkhordari, Counseling Psychology Program) (Proposal accepted as a poster presentation at the 2016 APA conference in Denver, Colorado).

    “Racial-Cultural Events and Microaggressions in Group Counseling as Perceived by Group Counseling Members of Color” (Aziza A. Belcher Platt, Counseling Psychology Program)

    “Therapeutic Factors, Course Pedagogy, and Multicultural Competency Within Multicultural Counseling Courses” (Michael Stoyer, Counseling Psychology Program)

    “A Phenomenological Inquiry into Bisexual Men’s Identity Negotiation in Opposite-Sex Romantic Relationships” (Kali Rowe, Counseling Psychology Program)

    “Perceptions of Self Among Homeless Runaway Young Women” (Caroline Brachfeld, Counseling Psychology Program)

    “The Decision Making Process of Educational and Career Pursuits Among Undocumented Immigrant College Students” (Tara Gore, School Psychology Program)

    “The Preparedness of School Psychologists in Working with Transgender Students” (Caitlin MacCrate, School Psychology Program)

    “Losing a Primary Caregiver in the 9/11 Attacks: The Experience of Grief and Trauma Among Young Adults“ (Hannah Wertz, Counseling Psychology Program)

  • Undocumented Immigrant Publications

    Dillon, G. J., Huang, J., & Chen, E. C. (2013). Group counseling with undocumented college students: supports and barriers. The Group Psychologist, 23(3), 10-12.

    Ellis, L. M., & Chen, E. C. (2013). Negotiating identity development among undocumented immigrant college students: A grounded theory study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 251–264. doi: 10.1037/a0031350

    Chen, E. C., Budianto, L., & Wong, K. (2011). Professional school counselors as social justice advocates for undocumented immigrant students in group work. In A. A. Singh & C. F. Salazar (Eds.), Social justice in group work: Practical interventions for change (pp. 88-94). New York, NY: Routledge.

    Chen, E. C., Wong, K., & Budianto, L. (2010). Mental health professionals as social justice advocates for immigrants: A systems perspective. In A. Kakanowski & M. Narusevich (Eds.). Handbook of Social Justice (pp. 283-294). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

    Chen, E. C., & Park-Taylor, J. (2006). Intersection of racism and immigration: Implications for educational and counseling practice. In M. G. Constantine & D. W. Sue (Eds.), Addressing racism: Facilitating cultural competence in mental health and educational settings (pp. 43-64). New York: Wiley.

    Examination of attachment and interpersonal theories and their applications to clinical supervision and group counseling

    Chen, E. C., & Bernstein, B. L. (2000). Relations of complementarity and supervisory issues to supervisory working alliance: A comparative analysis of two cases. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 47, 485-497. doi: 10.1037//0022-0167.47.4,485

    Chen, E. C., & Mallinckrodt, B. (2002). Attachment, group attraction, and self-other agreement in interpersonal circumplex problems and perceptions of group members. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 6, 311-324. doi: 10.1037//1089-2699.6.4.311

    Mallinckrodt, B., & Chen, E. C. (2004). Attachment and interpersonal impact perceptions of group members: A social relations model analysis of transference. Psychotherapy Research, 14, 210-230. doi: 10.1093/ptr/kph018

    Educational and career pursuits of legal and undocumented immigrants

    Rivera, L. M., Chen, E. C., Flores, L., Blumberg, F., & Ponterotto, J. (2007). The effects of perceived barriers, role models, and acculturation on the career self-efficacy and career consideration of Hispanic women. Career Development Quarterly, 56, 47-61. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2007.tb00019.x

    Multicultural competencies and cultural diversity

    Chen, E. C. (2005). Racial-cultural training for supervisors: Goals, foci, and strategies. In R. T. Carter (Ed.), Handbook of racial-cultural psychology and counseling: Practice and training, volume two (pp. 168-188). New York: John Wiley.

    Chen, E. C., Androsiglio, R. J., & Ng, V. (2010). Minority stress and health of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals: A developmental-contextual perspective. In J. G. Ponterotto, J. M., Casas, L. A. Suzuki, & C. M. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural counseling (3rd ed., pp. 531-544). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Chen, E. C., Kakkad, D., & Balzano, J. (2008). Multicultural competence and evidence-based practice in group therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 64, 1261–1278. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20533

    Chen, E. C., Stracuzzi, T. I., & Ruckdeschel, D. E. (2004). Affirmative counseling with gay men. In D. Atkinson & G. Hackett (Eds.), Counseling diverse populations (3rd ed., pp. 388-411). New York: McGraw-Hill.

    Chen, E. C., Thombs, B., & Costa, C. (2003). Building connection through diversity in group counseling: A dialogical perspective. In D. B. Pope-Davis, H. L. K. Coleman, W. M. Liu, & R. L. Toporek (Eds.), Handbook of multicultural competencies (2nd ed., 456-477). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • PhD Level

    • Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology I and II (PSGE7654/7655)
    • Doctoral Practicum in Counseling Psychology III and IV (PSGE7656/7658)
    • Practicum in Supervision in Counseling Psychology (PSGE7657)
    • Psychology of Career Development (PSGE7640)
    • Social and Ethical Responsibilities in Counseling Psychology (PSGE8672)

    Master's Level

    • Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling (PSGE6650)
    • Field Experience in Counseling I (PSGE6651)
    • Group Counseling (PSGE6630)
    • Multicultural Counseling (PSGE6656)
    • Pre-Practicum in Groups (PSGE6632)