Dr. Rita Chi-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, two books that she co-authored one on refugees and the other on social justice counseling. Also, Dr. Chung has been asked by the American Psychological Association (APA) to make a training DVD on counseling immigrants and by Alexander Street Press to make four DVDs on her work in social justice counseling; post-disaster counseling and training; and the unique focus on multicultural social justice counseling training at the Counseling & Development Program at GMU.
Dr. Chung’s 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 and interethnic race relationships. 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 national and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs), e.g., Save the Children Alliance, UK where she consulted and provided training on child protection and child trafficking in Myanmar (Burma).
Dr. Chung is involved with the Counselors Without Borders (http://counselorswithoutborders.org/ .) 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, the Caribbean, and South America. She has been retained as an Expert Witness on culture for civil suits and for the U.S. Armed Forces. She has been the chair of the American Counseling Association (ACA) International Committee and twice 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, ACA Fellow 2015, two APA Fellows (from Division 52 International Psychology 2013 and Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race 2014), 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 was named one of the Top 20 Education Professors in Virginia in 2015. Dr. Chung is currently the President for Counselors for Social Justice (2015-2016).