Meet the Team


Joyce P. Yang, PhD


Principle Investigator

I conduct research on mental health disparities experienced by communities of color. My work aims to pursue justice and health equity for underserved intersectional populations using community-based participatory research and mixed methods. 

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, my current courses include: General Psychology, Health Psychology, and Advanced Research Topics: Evidence-based Therapies.

I earned my doctoral degree as a clinical scientist from the University of Washington, and completed my postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System. I received my undergraduate training in Psychology and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. 

In terms of my background, I am Taiwanese-American and I grew up in rural Indonesia and China as a third-culture kid 
whose academic, family, and host country cultures each prescribed unique ways of living. In our formative education, we were taught at least three ways of doing everything, and I remember the fifteen students of my first grade class (at North Jakarta International School) came from eleven different countries. This heterogeneity meant that we needed to think in ways that encompass and celebrate differences, instilled from the beginning with humility to know that our personal perspective is simply one way of seeing. As a result, cultural humility is a central value guiding my approach to research, teaching, community engagement, and clinical work.

As a clinical psychologist who researches intervention development, it is also important for me to stay connected to delivering mental health services. I am part of a group clinical practice where I primarily see clients who have experienced race-based stress and trauma. 



Emily Nhan

Research Assistant

Emily Nhan (she/her) graduated from University of San Francisco in May 2020 with a double-major in Psychology and Economics. She currently does healthcare research at a nonprofit called the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, and her personal research interests include prosocial behavior and social inequality.


Quyen A. Do

Research Assistant

Quyen A. Do (she/her) is a doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio with a research focus on trauma and interpersonal violence experienced by marginalized groups. For more info, check out her website

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Sally Tang

Research Assistant

Sally Tang (she/her) will be a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Psychology and double minoring in health studies and neuroscience at University of San Francisco. She is currently in the 2021 Honors in Psychology Cohort at USF studying the relationship between creative thinking and language switching.


Rachel Chan

Research Assistant

Rachel Chan (she/her) will be a second-year undergraduate student studying Psychology at the University of San Francisco. Some of her research interests include discrimination, trauma and memory, and neuropsychology.