Administration and Faculty

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Connie S. Chan, PhD

  • Associate Dean, McCormack Graduate School Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
  • Telephone: 617.287.7231
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor

Areas of Expertise

Mental health policy, racial and ethnic health disparities, ethics


PhD, Boston University, Clinical Psychology

Additional Information

Professor Chan has held several administrative positions within the university, most recently as acting dean of the McCormack Graduate School and graduate program director of the public administration program. She was co-director of the UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies for ten years from 1993–2003. In that role, she 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 served on the staffs of the Boston Children’s Hospital, Westborough State Hospital, South Cove Community Health Center, and as a consulting psychologist for the Boston Juvenile Court and the MBTA Police. She has also served as a supervising clinical psychologist for 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 “Psychological Issues of Asian Americans” in Teaching Gender and Multicultural Awareness: Resources for the Multicultural Classroom (American Psychological Association), and “Counseling Chinese American Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals” in Asian Voices: Emerging Needs of Asian Americans (Jones and Bartlett).

A fellow of the American Psychological Association, Professor Chan has served as president of APA’s Division 4; as associate editor for the APA journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice; and as chair of the Boston Women's Fund Board of Directors. She is currently a member of the board of trustees of the American Psychological Foundation.

Teaching in the Public Administration Program: