Faculty: Catherine Vuky, PhD

Catherine Vuky

Catherine Vuky, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department

Director, Asian Mental Health Concentration

Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
POSTDOC Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology Boston University Medical School
PhD California School of Professional Psychology California School of Professional Psychology


  • Clinical Practice I and II (CS706 and CS707)
  • Clinical Work with Asian/Asian Americans (AM602)
  • Introduction to Asian Cultures: The Asian Experience in the United States (AM600)
  • Family Systems Theory and Practice (FX701)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Families and Children
  • Immigration and Refugees
  • Asian Mental Health
  • Mental Health Disparities in marginalized communities
  • Culturally Responsive Care

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider (Massachusetts)


  • Massachusetts Psychological Association Teacher of the Year
  • Asian Women for Health Provider Award
  • Mental Health Fellow, Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation
  • Philips Brooks House Association Community Builder Award
  • Charles River Regional Chamber's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders of Color in Greater Boston's Western Suburbs

Publications and Presentations

  • Boston Children’s Hospital: Funded Partner 2023 Annual Convening. COVID-19’s impact on children, youth and families. (2023, May11). Moderator. Boston, MA.
  • Vuky, C. and Francis, C. (2023, April 26). Cultural Divide between Parenting Techniques in Immigrants’ Home Countries and the US. Presented to staff at Walker, Inc. (Virtual).
  • Vuky, C. and DerKevorkian, L. (2023, March 16). Community Event: Introduction to Armenian Mental Health. Mental Health Needs, Community Awareness and Steps Forward. Newton, MA.
  • Vuky, C. and Fu, M. (2023, September 28). Cultural Considerations & Resources for AAPI Population. Presented to Tufts Medical Center Behavioral Health Department. Boston, MA.
  • Vuky, C. (2022, October). On New Shores Conference: Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Families in Global Contexts: Moving Forward. Anti-Asian Racism: Let’s Talk About It. Toronto, CA.
  • Vuky, C., Phan, T. and Zhen, M. (2022, November 21). Queen’s College Colloquium: Mental Health in the Asian American Community and Obstacles in Seeking Help. Queens, NY.
  • Vuky, C.  (2022, April 12). Asian Mental Health: During the Era of COVID-19. Fenway Health Center In-Service Training. Boston, MA.
  • Anti-Asian Racism and Racial Trauma: Understanding History, Building Collective Resilience-The annual Let’s Talk! Professionals Conference is co-organized by the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and this year newly joined by the William James College Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health’s Asian Mental Health Program. (2022).
  • Yeung, A., Norton, R., Dean, T., Nagaswami, M., Yeung, A., Vuky, C., Mischoulon, D., and Borba, C. (2021). Depressed Chinese Americans present predominantly psychological symptoms: A new trend or different outcomes due to methodological differences? Asian journal of psychiatry, 61, 102684. 10.1016/j.ajp.2021.102684
  • Vuky, C. and Xiu, Z.Y. (April 2019). Social Emotional Learning and Resilience. China Education Symposium. Lecture conducted from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
  • Vuky, C., Nguyen, T., and Phan, T. (March, 2018). The Importance of Mental Health and Preventative Care. Visions of Community 2018: A Conference for Families of Children with Special Needs and the Professionals Who Serve Them. Lecture conducted from Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA.
  • Vuky, C., and Phan, T. (November, 2017). Cultural Considerations Counseling Asian Americans. Training provided to Berklee College of Music staff. Boston, MA.
  • Chandra, R., Park, Jong K., Tang, C, Vuky, C., and Yasumura, N. (May 2016). “Let’s Talk! Promoting the success and well-being of Asian and Asian-American students”. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mental Health and Student Affairs Professionals Panel Mental Health Professionals’ Panel: “Let’s Talk! Promoting Success AND Well-being at the Same Time”. Cambridge, MA.
  • Hi LChen, J., Chen, J. H., Kim, J., Park, P., Suyemoto, P., Trinh, N.H., Truong, C. and Vuky, C. (April, 2016). Spring Speaker Series, the MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary film “Can.” Boston, MA.

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

  • Associate Director of Behavioral Health, South Cove Community Health Center

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association

Community Involvement

  • Mentor- Mentorship program for Asian American women in mental health professions
  • Community Advisory Board Member - Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Community Advisory Board Member, Boston University School of Social Work ,Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE),
  • Community Advisory Board Member, Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE) Summer Program through Harvard University Philips Brooks House Association