Multicultural and Social Justice-oriented Psychotherapy Science

The lab focuses on clinically-informed research on multicultural and social justice issues in clinician competence (e.g., therapist and agency effects on therapy outcomes for racial/ethnic minority and international individuals) and training (e.g., training program and peer norms related to social justice attitudes and advocacy). To elucidate factors contributing to disparities in therapy for minority clients, we focus on understanding what leads to variability in therapist and agency effectiveness, as well as factors that promote the development of social justice attitude and advocacy action among trainees. In doing so, we employ dyadic (e.g., Actor-Partner Interdependence Model, Truth and Bias Model) and group level (e.g., Multi-level Modeling) analyses that better represent real world therapy and training dynamics compared to individual-level analyses.

  • Center and therapists effects on international students’ counseling outcomes and drop out
  • Validation of the CCAPS for international students
  • International student clients and trajectory of suicidal risk

*denotes student co-authors

Levy, I., Keum, B.T. (2022). Supporting School Counselor’s Multicultural Self-Efficacy Development Through Hip-Hop Based Coursework. Journal of Poetry Therapy

Levant, R.F., McCurdy, E.R., Keum, B.T., Cox, D.W., Halter, M.J., Stefanov, D.G. (2022). Mediation and Moderation of the Relationship Between Men’s Endorsement of Traditional Masculinity Ideology and Intentions to Seek Psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Shin, R. Q., Keum, B.T., Smith, L. C., Lu, Y., & *Yee, S (2022). The development and validation of the Heterosexism Erasure Scale. The Counseling Psychologist.

Bartholomew, T. T., *Robbins, K. A., *Valdivia-Jauregui, L., Lockard, A. J., Pérez-Rojas, A. E., & Keum, B. T. (2021). Center effects, therapist effects, and international student clients’ drop out from psychotherapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication.   

Keum, B.T., Bartholomew, T.T., *Robbins, K.A., Perez-Rojas, A.E., Lockard, A.J., Kivlighan Jr., D.M., *Kang, E., *Joy, E.E., *Aguiniga, S.M. (2021). Therapist and Counseling Center Effects on International Students’ Counseling Outcome: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Counseling Psychology

Keum, B.T., *Kase, *C.A., *Sharma, R., *Yee, S.E., *O’Connor, S., *Bansal, P., & *Yang, N.Y. (2022). Collective Program Social Justice Identity and Perceived Norms on Promoting Student Advocacy. The Counseling Psychologist, 50(7), 1039–1068.

Keum, B.T., Oliffe, J.L., Rice, S.M., Kealy, D., Seidler, Z.E., Cox, D.W., Levant, R.F., & Ogrodniczuk, J.S. (2021). Distress Disclosure and Psychological Distress Among Men: The Role of Feeling Understood and Loneliness. Current Psychology, 1-10. Advance online publication.

Keum, B.T., & Wang, L. (2020). Supervision and Psychotherapy Process and Outcome: A Meta-analytic Review. Translational Issues in Psychological Science.

Keum, B.T., *Morales Dixon, K., Kivlighan, D. M., Jr., Hill, C. E., & Gelso, C. J. (2020). Do therapists improve in their ability to assess clients’ satisfaction? A truth and bias model. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication.

Keum, B.T., & Miller, M.J. (2020). Social Justice Interdependence among Students in Counseling Psychology Training Programs: Group Actor-Partner Interdependence Model of Social Justice Attitudes, Training Program Norms, Advocacy Intentions, and Peer Relationship. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(2), 141–155.

Lu, Y., Hill, C.E., Hancock, G.R., & Keum, B.T. (2020). The effectiveness of helping skills training for undergraduate students: Changes in ethnocultural empathy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67(1), 14–24.

Keum, B.T. (2018). Conceptual Application of the Group Actor-Partner Interdependence Model for Person-Group Psychological Research. Translational Issues in Psychological Science. 4(4), 340–348. *Special issue: Quantitative Methods

Miller, M. J., Keum, B. T., Thai, C. J., Lu, Y., Truong, N. N., Huh, G. A., … & *Ahn, L. H. (2018). Practice recommendations for addressing racism: A content analysis of the counseling psychology literature. Journal of counseling psychology, 65(6), 669 – 680.

Keum, B.T., Hill, C.E., Kivlighan Jr., D.M., & Lu, Y. (2018). Group- and Individual-Level Self-Stigma Reductions in Promoting Psychological Help-Seeking Attitudes among College Students in Undergraduate Helping Skills Courses. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(5), 661-668.

*Morales, K., Keum, B.T., Kivlighan Jr., D.M., Hill, C.E., & Gelso, C.J. (2018). Therapist Effects Due to Client Racial/Ethnic Status when Examining Linear Growth for Client-and Therapist-Rated Working Alliance and Real Relationship. Psychotherapy, 55(1), 9-19. *Special issue: Cultural Processes in Psychotherapy

Lu, Y., Keum, B.T., Chong, E.S.K., Yeung, J.G., Kivlighan Jr., D.M. (2017). Are the Ambitions for Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice Being Fulfilled? A Social Network Analysis of Citations of Journals Publishing Group Research. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 21(3), 178-185.

Keum, B.T. (2017). Older Adult Research in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling  Psychologist, and Counselling Psychology Quarterly: A 15-Year Review and Implications for Research. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 31(4), 446-459.

Foster, A., Brewster, M.E., Velez, B.L., Eklund, A., & Keum, B.T. (2016). Footprints in the Sand: Personal, Psychological, and Relational Profiles of Religious, Spiritual, and Atheist LGB Individuals. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(4), 466-487.

Levy, I. & Keum, B.T. (2014). Hip Hop Therapy and Emotional Exploration in Men. Journal of Poetry Therapy. 27(4), 1 – 7.

Brewster, M.E., Velez, B.L., Esposito, J., Wong, S., Geiger, E. & Keum, B.T. (2014). Moving Beyond the Binary with Disordered Eating Research: A Test and Extension of Objectification Theory with Bisexual Women. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(1), 50 – 62.