Bestowed to a retiring faculty member as a remuneration for meritorious service, the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies is proud to announce that Professor Connie Chan has been honored with the title of professor emerita.
Chan has had a long history at UMass Boston, first hired as a professor at the College of Public and Community Service, where she later became acting dean.
From 1993–2003, Chan served as co-director of the UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies. 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.”
At the McCormack Graduate School, she held leadership roles at the college, department, and graduate program levels. Most recently, Professor Chan served as the college’s associate dean. Prior to this position, she was department chair as well as graduate program director of the PhD Program in Public Policy and the Master of Science Program in Public Administration. In 2014, she earned the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Mentoring.
David Cash, dean of the McCormack Graduate School commends his former colleague. “This is a very fitting honor for Connie to celebrate her 33 years of leadership and service to the university and her discipline.” A licensed clinical psychologist, Professor Chan previously worked on the staff of several local hospitals. She also has what she calls “a second life” as a sports psychologist and often shared winning strategies with UMass Boston athletes.
A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Professor Chan was an associate editor of the journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also served as a former president of APA’s Division 44 and currently serves as a trustee of the American Psychological Foundation. Her research interests are in sexuality and identity, mental health policy, and health disparities among Asians and Asian Americans.