Yunkyoung Garrison

Assistant Professor of Psychology



Pettengill Hall, Room 365

Asian Studies

American Studies



  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, The University of Iowa
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship, Colorado State University Health Network
  • M.A. Educational Measurement and Statistics, The University of Iowa
  • M.A. Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • B.B.A. Business Administration, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests

As a scholar-practitioner-advocate, I view research as a catalyst for individual and societal change, and thus my scholarly activities are shaped by multicultural, feminist, critical, and liberation psychology paradigms.

I am interested in deconstructing dominant ideologies and narratives (e.g., white supremacy, meritocracy) and exploring how they are related to the psychological and vocational outcomes among people of color and immigrant and refugee communities. I seek to recognize diverse ways of knowing, healing, and growing among marginalized communities. In addition, as a bilingual researcher, I conceptualize and develop tools to assess cultural constructs relevant to Korean and Korean-American communities.


Clinical Interests

I am a licensed psychologist to practice in Maine, and I engage in clinical practice, including individual psychotherapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and consultation. I also have PSYPACT Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology. Both my research and clinical experiences inform my teaching, specifically Counseling Psychology, Community-Based Research Methods, and Psychology of Oppression and Liberation.



* Bates students

Peer-Reviewed Articles


Garrison, Y. L., Cadenas, G. A. & Ali, S. A. (2024). A framework of community-engaged vocational research methodologies: Liberatory perspectives. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 149.

Garrison, Y. L., Tang, S. S., Lee, A. B. (2024). Liberation psychology perspectives for Asian Americans. Journal of Health Service Psychology.

Garrison, Y. L. Ali, S. R., & Mahatmya, D. (in press). Work hope among rural Latinx and White youth: The role of beliefs in a just America, class inequality, and educational meritocracy. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance

Garrison, Y. L., Luo, Y., & Sahker, E. (2024). Integration of substance use disorder treatment in traditional mental health facilities: Timeseries and cross-sectional evaluations. International Journal of Drug Policy, 124, 1-7.

* Kleinbardt, H., Garrison, Y. L., & Blankenau, A. (2024). Transracial and transnational adoption in children’s literature: Implications for Asian American adoptees’ representation, cultural authenticity, and identity. Adoption Quarterly.


Garrison, Y. L., Kim, T., Son, Y., Aldrich, C., Ali, S. R., & *Jiao T. (2023). Fluent or discriminated? English language and career learning experiences among Asian international students. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 1-12. Advance online publication.

Wang, K., Andres, C., Ho, Y. C. S., Garrison, Y. L., & Kivlighan III, D. M. (2023). Asian international psychotherapist’s experiences of client’s microaggression in therapy, Psychotherapy, 60(4), 442-454.

Garrison, Y. L., *Jiao, T., *Vaz, S., *Shah, S., *Reeves, D., *Murphy, S., Lin, C., & *Pak, S. (2023). A qualitative study of women of color group psychotherapists: The wellspring of collective healing. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70(1), 1–15.

*Sonoda, P. T., & Garrison, Y. L. (2023). Storytelling for Asian-White Multiracial American college students’ racial identity. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication.


Jung, A.-K., & Garrison, Y. L. (2022). The Korean version of the Classism Experiences Questionnaire-Academe. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. Advance online publication.

Ali, S. R., Drustrup, D., Garrison, Y. L., & Mahatmya, D. (2022). Economic justice and vocational psychology: Towards community change. Journal of Career Assessment. Advance online publication.

Garrison, Y. L., Yeung, C. W., Ho, Y. C. S., Hong, J., Son, Y., Lin, C.-L. R., & Bermingham, C. (2022). Linguistic minority international counseling psychology trainees’ experiences in clinical supervision. Advance online publication. The Counseling Psychologist.

Garrison, Y. L., Park, S., Yeung, C. W., Li, Z., Ho, Y. C. S., & Chang-Tran, J. (2023). The social class worldviews of Chinese international students in the United States. Journal of International Students13(1).


Garrison, Y. L., Ali, S. R., Lin, C. R., Kim, J. C., & Heshmati, S. (2021). Healthcare career intervention with youth in a predominantly Latinx rural community: A pilot study of a creative approach. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Advance online publication.

Garrison, Y. L., Rice, A., & Liu, W. M. (2021). The American Meritocracy Myth Stress Scale (AMMSS): Scale development and initial validation. The Counseling Psychologist, 49(1), 80-105.

Ali, S. R., Garrison, Y. L., Dawson, D. A, & Cervantes, Z., M. (2021). Sociopolitical development and healthcare career interests, self-efficacy, and outcome expectations among rural youth. The Counseling Psychologist. Advance online publication.

Sahker, E., Park, S., Garrison, Y. L., Yeung, C. W., Luoa, Y., Arndt, S., & Furukawa. T. A. (2021). State population indices predict Asian American and Pacific Islander successful substance use treatment completion: Initial exploratory observations. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. Advance online publicaation.


An, H. Y., Goodyear, R. K., Seo, Y. S., Garrison, Y. L., Baek, K. Y., & Cho, H. J. (2020). Supervisor style as a predictor of relationship quality and supervisee satisfaction: Perceptions of U.S. and South Korean supervisees. Asia Pacific Education Review, 21, 487-504.

 Kivlighan III, D. M., Ali, R., & Garrison, Y. L. (2020). Is there an optimal level of positive and constructive feedback in group therapy? A response surface analysis. Psychotherapy, 57(2), 174-183.

Lustgarten, S. D., Garrison, Y. L., Sinnard, M. T., & Flynn, A. W. P. (2020). Digital privacy in mental healthcare: Current issues and recommendations for technology use. Current Opinion in Psychology, 36, 25-31.

Kivlighan III, D. M., Aloe, A., Adams, M., Garrison, Y. L., Obrecht, A., Ho, S., Kim, J. Y. C., Hooley, I., Chan, L., & Deng, K. (2020). How large are group effects? A meta-analysis of the intraclass correlation coefficient in group therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88(4), 322-337.

Rice, A., Garrison, Y. L., & Liu, W. M. (2020). Spending as Social and Affective Coping (SSAC): Measure development and initial validation. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(1), 78-105.

Park, S., Garrison, Y. L., & Liu, W. M. (2020). Career decision ambiguity tolerance of Asian men in the United States. Journal of Career Development, 47(6), 641-656.


Garrison, Y. L., Sahker, E., Yeung, C. W., Park, S. & Arndt, S. (2019). Asian American and Pacific Islander substance use treatment completion. Psychological Services, 16(4), 636–646.

Sahker, E., Garrison, Y. L., Yeung, C. W., Park, S., & Arndt, S. (2019). Treatment without diagnosis: The status of known diagnoses in US addictions treatment centres. International Journal of Drug Policy, 63, 97-100.

Liu, W. M., Liu, R. Z., Garrison, Y. L., Kim, J. Y. C., Ho, Y. C., Chan, L., & Yeung, C. W. (2019). Racial trauma, microaggressions, and becoming racially innocuous: Acculturation and white supremacist ideology. American Psychologist, 74, 143-155.

Ali, S. R., Pham, A. Z., Garrison, Y. L., & Brown, S. D. (2019). Project HOPE: Sociopolitical development and SCCT beliefs of Latinx and White rural middle school students. Journal of Career Development, 46, 410-424.


Garrison, Y. L., Kim, J. Y. C., & Liu, W. M. (2018). A qualitative study of Korean men experiencing stress due to nonprestigious hakbeol. The Counseling Psychologist, 46, 786-813.

Garrison, Y. L., & Liu, W. M. (2018). Using the social class worldview model in student affairs. New Directions for Student Services, 162, 19-33.


Garrison, Y. L., Liu, W. M., Yeung, C. W., Park, S., Sahker, E., & Conrad, M. (2017). The meaning of hakbeol within the context of educational meritocracy and prestige among South Korean college students. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 7, 105-121.

Garrison, Y. L., Lee, K.-H., & Ali, S. R. (2017). Career identity and life satisfaction: The mediating role of tolerance for uncertainty and positive/negative affect. Journal of Career Development, 44, 516-529.

Garrison, Y. L., & Lee, K. H. (2017). Meaning in life among Korean college students based on emotionality and tolerance of uncertainty. Personality and Individual Differences, 112, 26-30.

Liu, W. M., Latino, C., & Garrison, Y. L. (2017). Social class, classism, and race: Subjective worldviews and the role of rotating credit associations. In A. W. Blume (Ed.), Social issues in living color: Challenges and solutions from the perspective of ethnic minority psychology. ABC-CLIO/Praeger Publishing: Santa Barbara, CA.

Ali, S. R., Brown, S. D., Loh, Y. (2017). Project HOPE: Evaluation of health-career education programming for Latino and rural youth. Career Development Quarterly, 65, 57-71.

Sahker, E., Yeung, C., Garrison, Y. L., Park, S., & Arndt, S. (2017). Asian American and Pacific Islanders substance use treatment admission trends. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 171, 1-8.

Lustgarten, S. D., Elchert, D. M., Cederberg, C., Garrison, Y. L., Ho, Y. C. (2017). Readability of informed consent documents at university counseling centers. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 30, 281-296.


Loh, Y., & Lee, K.-H. (2012). The effect of mentor experience on career adaptability among university students. Asian Journal of Education, 13, 231-250.

Loh, Y., & Kim, N.-R. (2012). How mentoring functions predict mentors’ leadership skills. GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 1(2), 35-39.

Park, S., Loh, Y., Cho, E., & Lee, D.-G. (2011). Differences in interpersonal problems and happiness by the subgroups of anger expression styles. Korean Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, 25(3), 77-92.


Professional Affiliations and Engagement

Currently, I serve as Co-Chair of the Korean Psychology Network Faculty/Research Committee. I also serve as an editorial board member of peer-reviewed journals, including The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Mental Health CounselingJournal of Career Assessment, and Journal of Career Development.