Karen L. Suyemoto, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Karen L. Suyemoto, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies and the Director of the Transnational Community and Cultural Studies graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her teaching and research focus on fostering awareness and advocacy for social justice through understanding the effects of race and racism; exploring the complexity of relative and ascribed power and privilege; and examining how cultural responsiveness and social justice can be developed through and integrated into psychological education, training, research, and practice. Dr. Suyemoto is a licensed psychologist who provides consultation, training, and mentoring focused on diversity and anti-racist therapy and education locally and nationally. She is a Past President of the national Asian American Psychological Association [AAPA] and currently serves as their delegate to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives. In 2012, she was the first recipient of the Joan H. Liem Award for Outstanding Doctoral Mentoring. In 2013, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change: Asian American Pacific Islander Women and also received the AAPA's Distinguished Contributions Award.