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Pao-Yin Huang, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Pao-Yin Huang CV

Pao-Yin Huang is an Assistant Clinical Professor of the Clinical Mental Health Program at Seattle University. She is an international scholar from Taiwan. Growing up in an era where democracy, liberation, diversity, equity, and inclusion are rapidly promoted in Taiwan, she recognizes promoting systemic change requires resilience, patience, and passion. The lived experiences in Taiwan also fostered her calling in bringing social justice and advocacy into her research, teaching, supervision, counseling, and leadership.

Dr. Huang received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Florida, her master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis on Secondary School Counseling from the Pennsylvania State University, and her bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. She is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. Her clinical experiences and interests land in working with adolescents, college students, and adults from secondary schools and college counseling centers through in-person and telehealth services. She is privileged to provide supervision for emerging counselors who were in clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and marriage and family counseling tracks. Her theoretical orientation aligns with Feminist Therapy, Self-awareness Supervision Model, and Critical Race Theory. These lenses guide her to understand the world and her interactions with every unique individual. Dr. Huang is committed to incorporating a culturally sustaining trauma-informed approach in her teaching, supervision, and counseling.

Dr. Huang has learned to embrace the idea of “research is me-search,” and even beyond me-search. For people with minoritized and marginalized identities, me-search provide a platform for their voices to be heard. Dr. Huang invests a lot of time and effort in promoting social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through her professional activities, especially her research. She considers research as a way to operate advocacy and research needs to serve and support the community, especially the marginalized community. Dr. Huang’s current research focuses are social justice, equity, & inclusion issues in counselor education/educational settings, especially issues related to Asian international students; Asian American Critical Race Theory; and counselor preparation and supervision. She sees the importance of critically investigating the inequities we are in order to reach a more inclusive society for each unique individual. She believes it takes a community to foster mutual healing.