Dr. Rita Ch-Ying Chung is a Professor at the Counseling & Development Program. Prior to coming to George Mason University, Dr. Chung was a Project Director for the National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health at UCLA, a consultant for the World Bank, an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, as well as adjunct faculty for Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. Before coming to the United States Dr. Chung lived and worked in the Brazil, Britain, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
Dr. Chung has published extensively in the fields of cross-cultural and multicultural psychology and counseling and has over 90 publications in professional journals and book chapters in major psychology and counseling textbooks, as well as, a book that she co-authored on refugees. She has recently co-authored a book entitled Social Justice Counseling: The Next Steps Beyond Multiculturalism. The book is one of the first textbooks in the psychology and counseling fields and challenges training and practice with an emphasis on redefining the psychologist and counselors role to include issues of social justice and human rights. This book coincides with a course that Dr. Chung developed and is currently teaching on Counseling and Social Justice. Also, Dr. Chung has been asked by the American Psychological Association to make a training DVD on counseling immigrants and by Alexander Street Press to make 3 DVDs on her: social justice work; post-disaster counseling and training; and the unique focus on multicultural social justice counseling training at the Counseling & Development Program at GMU.
Dr. Chungs research focuses on multicultural, cross-cultural, and social justice issues in counseling, cross cultural disaster counseling, child trafficking, the psychological impact of racism, immigrant and refugee psychosocial adjustment and adaptation, the interrelationship of academic achievement and psychological stress on students of color and interethnic race relationships. Her recent research is on the psychosocial issues in child trafficking. Her work on trafficking of Asian girls into commercial sex work led to an invitation by the United Nations in New York to present on cultural perspectives on children trafficking, human rights and social justice. Dr. Chung is also a consultant for numerous International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs), e.g., Save the Children Alliance, UK where she consulted and provide training on child protection and child trafficking in Myanmar (Burma).
Dr. Chungs is also involved with the Counselors Without Borders
.) and has co-led and co-supervised teams and groups of students working along the Mississippi Gulf coast three months after Hurricane Katrina, and on American Indian reservations and Latino migrant communities after the San Diego Wildfires. She has also done international post disaster consultation and training in Thailand after the Tsunami, in Burma after Cyclone Nargis and in Haiti three months after the major earthquake in 2010. Dr. Chung has worked throughout the United States as well as in the Asia, the Pacific Rim region, Africa, the U.K., Europe, and South America. Dr Chung has been the chair of the American Counseling Association (ACA) International Committee and the co-chair of the ACA Human Rights Committee. Dr. Chung has been acknowledged for her social justice work by being given numerous awards from both state and national organizations, e.g., the American Counseling Association (ACA) Kitty Cole Human Rights Award 2012, the ACA Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award 2013 by the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly Commendation Award 2013. She has also been awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow. Dr.Chung was recently elected as the President for Counselors for Social Justice. Her presidency begins in 2015.