Principal Investigator

P. Priscilla Lui, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University (SMU). I received my B.S. in biology and psychology from the University of Washington, and M.A. in general psychology from the California State University in Los Angeles. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Psychological Statistics at the APAРand PCSAS-accredited  program at Purdue University. Prior to my faculty position at SMU, I completed the APA-accredited predoctoral clinical psychology internship at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Research Interests and Expertise

As a clinical scientist, I conduct research on health disparities and minority mental health. I am interested in how people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds make sense of the world, and how their lived experiences associated with culture, ethnicity, and race affect their psychopathology symptoms and addictive behaviors. Grounded in a social ecological framework, my research focuses on:

  • processes involved in intercultural contact, particularly acculturation and racial discrimination;
  • cultural values;
  • romantic and marital relationships, and intergenerational conflict; and,
  • personality and individual difference determinants of psychopathology.

To the extent that knowledge on the prediction and explanation of human psychology only is as good as our ability to assess these concepts, I am interested in scale development and evaluation of the quality of psychological measures. Some measures that I have developed can be found HERE. A list of my publications can be found in my NCBI bibliography or my ResearchGate.

In addition to contributing to science by producing original research, I also serve on four editorial boards, and act as ad hoc reviewers for numerous peer-reviewed journals.

In 2019, I was honored to have been named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, and selected by the Society for Clinical Psychology to receive the Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology.

I received the 2019-2020 SMU Golden Mustang Award in recognition of my contributions to teaching, student learning, and the discipline.

Teaching Interests

Currently, I teach undergraduate-level courses on Psychology and the Challenges of Life and Psychology of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, and a graduate-level course entitled Cultural and Individual Diversity: Principles and Best Practices in Research and Applications. I also have taught Research Methods in Psychology and Abnormal Psychology .

I aim to inspire students to use psychology courses to shed light on or solve real world problems–to “give psychology away.” Some examples of fact sheets created by students in my Psychology of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race course can be found HERE.¬†

More information about the undergraduate curriculum in Psychology at SMU can be found on our departmental website.

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