Faculty & Staff

Connie S. Chan, PhD

Professor Emerita, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School


photo of Connie Chan

Areas of Expertise

Mental health policy, racial and ethnic health disparities, ethics


PhD, Boston University, Clinical Psychology

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Professor Chan is a professor emeritA of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the McCormack Graduate School. She has held several administrative positions within the University, including as co-director of the UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies for ten years from 1993–2003. In that role, Professor Chan helped to create the institute’s applied research and policy agenda focusing on the needs of the Asian-American population in Massachusetts and the United States. In 2002, she was awarded a Polly Logan Research Fellowship by UMass Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy for her research study, “Health Needs Assessment of Chinese American Elderly Women in the Boston area.”

A licensed clinical psychologist, Professor Chan has previously served on the staffs of the Boston Children’s Hospital, Westborough State Hospital, South Cove Community Health Center, and the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center.

Professor Chan is author of the book, If It Runs in the Family: At Risk for Depression (Bantam Books) and has published many book chapters and journal articles on the mental health and health of Asian Americans. Most recently she published “Psychology of Asian Americans” in Teaching Gender and Multicultural Awareness: Resources for the Multicultural Classroom (American Psychological Association).  Her research interests are in sexuality and identity, and health disparities among Asian/Asian Americans. 

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Professor Chan is associate editor of the APA journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. In 2014, she was an award recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Mentoring.  She is a former president of APA’s Division 44 and currently serves as a Trustee of the American Psychological Foundation.