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Dr. Dorothy Chin


Courses Taught

PSYCH 1 - General Psychology
PSYCH 3 - Personality; Dynamics and Development

About Dr. Chin

Dr. Dorothy Chin is a Professor of Psychology.  She is a bicultural and bilingual immigrant to the United States and the first generation in her family to attend university.  Dr. Chin’s value of education as a life-long endeavor and gift as well as a framework for thought and experience is manifested in her teaching and interaction with students.  She loves to teach psychology in particular and sharing her passion on the subject with students.  Dr. Chin has mentored many SMC students who have gone on to graduate programs; a few have even become professors themselves.  The engagement of her students and their success  are what Dr. Chin finds most gratifying about her role as a professor. 

Dr. Chin is trained as a clinical psychologist and is licensed to practice in the state of California.  She has worked as a psychologist at LA County/USC Hospital with adult and child patients. 

Dr. Chin’s research focuses on culture, trauma, and mental health.  In particular, she is interested in health and mental health disparities between advantaged and disadvantaged groups and the factors that contribute to disparities, as well as the effects of trauma such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In her free time, Dr. Chin enjoys reading, writing, beach volleyball, and spending time with her family.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship.  Biobehavioral Aspects of HIV/AIDS.  University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology.  University of Hawaii
Ph.D. Coursework.  Community Psychology.  New York University
M.A. Clinical Psychology.  University of Hawaii
A.B. Human Biology. Stanford University

Publications (selected)

Chin, D., Loeb, T., Zhang, M., Liu, H., Cooley-Strickland, M., Wyatt, G. (2020).  Racial/Ethnic Discrimination: Dimensions and Relation to Mental Health Among a Marginalized American Population.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.  90(5), 614–622

Chin, D. & Kameoka, V. (2019). Mentoring Asian American Scholars: Stereotypes and Cultural Values. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.  2019, Vol. 89, No. 3, 337–342.

Chin, D., Myers, H.,, Zhang, M., Loeb, T., Ullman, J., Wyatt, G., & Carmona, J. (2014).  Who improved in a trauma intervention for HIV-positive women with child sexual abuse histories? Psychological Trauma:Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 6(2):152-158.

Chin, D., & Kameoka, V. (2006).  Sociocultural Influences of Adult Psychopathology.  In F. Andrasik (Volume Ed.) and M. Hersen & J.C. Thomas (Eds), Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, Vol. 2: Adult Psychopathology.  New York: Wiley

Chin, D., Wyatt, G., Carmona, J., Loeb, T., & Myers, H.F. (2004).  Child sexual abuse and HIV: An integrative risk reduction approach.  In L. Koenig, A. O’Leary, L. Doll, & W. Pecquegnat,, (Eds.), From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk: Trauma, Revictimization, and Intervention.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, Pp. 233-250.

Chin, D. & Axelrod, J. (1997) Women and HIV: Four Stories.  Documentary Video.

Publications with SMC mentees

Vafors, M., Chin, D., & DeMarinis, V. (2008) Stressors, Anxiety and Adjustment among International and North American Students.  International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 32 (3), 244-259.

Rivkin, I., Gustafson, J., Weingarten, I., & Chin, D. (2006). The Effects of Expressive Writing on Adjustment to HIV.  AIDS and Behavior, 10(1), 13-26