Eric C. Chen

PhD

Eric Chen

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology

113 West 60th Street
Room 1012C
212-636-6474
echen@fordham.edu

Dr. Chen 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 PhD 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 PhD 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 Project: DACA Dreamers Research Study

In 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memorandum provided undocumented immigrant youth with easier access to higher education through temporary working permits and social security cards.

Dr. Chen and his research team are currently working on a research project, “DACA Dreamers,” about how the experiences of undocumented immigrant college students' perspectives of self, interpersonal and family relationships, educational and career options and identities may or may not have changed in the wake of DACA.

For more information about this study, please visit the Facebook page, or contact him at echen@fordham.edu, or the research team at udichen@fordham.edu.

Education

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

Research

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, Dr. Eric C. Chen, 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)

Selected Publications

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.

Courses

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)

Advisement Forms and Flowcharts

Mental Health Counseling Summer 2016 Start (1 advisement form)

Mental Health Counseling Fall 2016 Start (2 advisement form)

Mental Health Counseling 2016 Start (5 Part-Time Advisement Form)

Mental Health Counseling 2016 Start (7 Flowchart)

School Counseling Summer 2016 Start (3 advisement form)

School Counseling Fall 2016 Start (4 advisement form)

School Counseling 2016 Start (6 Part-Time Advisement Form)

School Counseling 2016 Start (8 Flowchart)