Asian American Mental Health

Employing the intersectionality framework, the lab studies mental health implications of gendered racism, gendered racial socialization, and body image issues among Asian American individuals.

  • COVID-19 racism, mental health, and behavioral risks among Asian Americans
  • Gendered racial microaggressions as a risk factor for suicidal ideation among Asian American emerging adult women
  • Gendered racial socialization among Asian American men
  • Gendered racism, body image issues, and risky substance use among Asian American emerging adult men
  • Gendered racism, shame, and depression among Asian American emerging adult men
  • Barriers to finding a counselor among Asian Americans

*denotes student co-authors

Keum, B.T. & *Wong, M.J., *Salim-Eissa, R. (2022). Gendered racial microaggressions, internalized racism, and suicidal ideation among Asian American women. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1177/00207640221089536

Keum, B. T., Li, X., Cheng, H.-L., & *Sappington, R. T. (2022). Substance use risk among Asian American men: The role of gendered racism, internalization of western muscularity ideals, interpersonal and body shame, and drive for muscularity. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/men0000368

Keum, B.T., & Choi, A.Y. (2021). Gendered Racism, Interpersonal Shame, Depressive Symptoms, and Alcohol Use among Asian American Men. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000505

*Ahn, L. H., Keum, B. T., Meizys, G. M., Choudry, A., Gomes, M. A., & Wang, L. (2022). Second-generation Asian American women’s gendered racial socialization. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 69(2), 129–145. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000575

*Ahn, L.H., & Keum, B.T. (2021). The Moderating Role of Parent and School Racial Socialization on Discrimination and Psychological Distress for Asian Americans. Journal of College Student Development

Keum, B.T., Brady, J., Sharma, R., Lu, Y., Kim, Y., & Thai, C. (2018). Gendered Racial Microaggressions Scale for Asian American Women: Development and Initial Validation. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(5), 571-585. 

Keum, B.T., Miller, M.J., Lee, M., & Chen, G.A. (2018). Color-blind Racial Attitudes Scale for Asian Americans: Testing the Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance Across Generational Status. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9(2), 149-157. 

Wong, S., Keum, B.T., Caffarel, D., Srinivasan, R., Morshedian, N., Capodilupo, C., & Brewster, M.E. (2017). Exploring the conceptualization of body image in Asian American women: Negotiating cultural standards of beauty, cultural identity, and the implications for eating disorder risk. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 8(4), 296-307. * Special issue: Qualitative Methods in Asian American Psychology

Keum, B.T. (2016). Asian American Men’s Internalization of Western Media Appearance Ideals, Appearance Comparison, and Acculturative Stress. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 7(4), 256-264. 

Keum, B.T., Wong, S., DeBlaere, C. & Brewster, M.E. (2015). Body Image and Asian American Men: Examination of the Drive for Muscularity Scale. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16(3), 284 – 293.