Chieh Li

Associate Professor, Training Director, School Psychology Program
  • Department of Applied Psychology

Office: 404 International Village
Phone: 617-373-4683

Ed.D., University of Massachusetts- Amherst
Certification: Licensed Psychologist

Specializations: School Psychology

Dr. Li has expertise in providing assessment, counseling, and consultation services for children and families from multicultural backgrounds, particularly for Asian-American children and families. She conducts cross-cultural research on learning and creative problem solving, bilingual and bicultural issues in school, and counseling psychology practice, and she publishes in English and Chinese. She has also been exploring the impact of traditional Chinese culture  and meditation on health and creativity.

Public Service:

Dr. Li has been conscientiously using her multicultural knowledge to serve the community. She has served on the Northeastern University President Advisory Board on diversity issues–Asian group, chaired the Bouvé College diversity committee, reached out to underserved immigrant children and parents in the Greater Boston Area, and served on NASP multicultural committee and the Futures Task Force of School Psychology on Home-School Partnership. She has also served as chair of the national Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP) and the CDSPP practicum taskforce, and liaison of Massachusetts School Psychology Association to International School Psychology Association. Currently she serves on the NASP bilingual-interest-group steering committee, the editorial board of the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, School Psychology Forum, (SchoolPsychology) Trainers’ Forum, North American Journal of Medicine & Health (in Chinese: 北美医学与健康)She has also reviewed for a few other journals including Journal of Educational Psychology and SchoolPsychology Review.

Courses Taught:
(1) Cross-Cultural Counseling
(2) Advanced Cross-Cultural Psychology
(3) Psychological Testing,
(4) Psychology of Individuals with Special Needs
(5) Psycho-educational Assessment of Preschoolers
(6) Applied Research Projects for School Psychology
(7) School-based counseling,
(8) School Psychology Seminar


Li, C., & Li, H. (2015). Chapter 15, Longing for a balanced life: Voices of Chinese-American/immigrant adolescents. In Bonnie K. Nastasi, & Amanda P. Borja  (Eds.), International handbook of psychological well-being of children and Adolescent: Bridging the gaps between theory, research and practice. 247-269. New York, NY: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-2833-0_15

Li, C., & Wang, Z. (2014). School-based assessment with Asian children and adolescents. In Lorraine T. Benuto, Nicholas Thaler, & Brian D. Leany (Eds.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asian Americans, 393-405. New York, NY: Springer. (Collaboration with graduate student)

Li, C. Ni, H., & Stoianov, D. (2015). Meeting the psychoeducational needs of minority students: A discussion of the necessity of multicultural competence. In special issue “Challenging the Assumptions of Multicultural School Psychology”,School Psychology Forum, 9 (2), 88-95. (work with graduate student)

Li, C., & Kimble, E. (2015). Cultural Considerations in the Selection of Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Chinese-American/Immigrant Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. North American Journal of Medicine and Science, 8(3), 129-134. (work with graduate student)

Johnston, J.M., Minami, T., Greenwald, D. Li, C., Khalsa, S.B., & Reinhardt, K. ( 2015)  Yoga as a treatment for military service personnel with PTSD. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. May 25, 2015.

Ni, H., Li, C., & Zhao, J. (2014). Cultural consideration of resilience for Chinese immigrant children and adolescents. North American Journal of Medicine and Science, 7(3), 123-128. DOI 10.7156/najms.2014.0703123

Ni, H., & Li, C. (2013). Cultural differences in teachers’ narrative evaluations of students in non-academic areas: A study of school report cards of students from four ethnic backgrounds.  International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education 1 (2), 123-146. (

Li, C., & Fiorello, C. A. (2011). Evolving practicum issues in school psychology preparation. Special Issue: Current Issues in Training in School Psychology, Psychology in the Schools, 48 (9), 901-910.

Chaudhry, S., Li, C. (2011). Is solution-focused brief therapy culturally appropriate for Muslim American counselees? Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy,41(2), 109-113, DOI:10.1007/s10879-010-9153-1(work with doctoral students).

Li, C., & Vazquez-Nuttall, E. (2009). School consultants as agents of social justice for multicultural children and families. In special issue, Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 19 (1), 26-44. DOI:10.1080/10474410802462769

Vasquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., Dynda, A. M., Ortiz, S.O., Armengol, C., Walton, J., &Phoenix, K. (2007).Cognitive Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. In Esquivel, G. B., Lopez, E. C. & Nahari, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology. New York: Taylor & Francis, Inc.

Vazquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., & Kaplan, J.P. (2006). Home-School Partnerships with Culturally Diverse Families: Challenges and Solutions for School Personnel. Special issue, Journal of Applied School Psychology 22, 81-102.

Li, C., Zhu, W., & Nuttall, R.(2003) Familial Handedness and Spatial Ability: A Study with Chinese Students Ages 14-24. Brain and Cognition, 51, 357-384.

Li, C., Zhu, W., Zhao, S. & Nuttall, R. (2002). Spatial abilities and academic major: A study with Chinese undergraduates. Academic Journal of Capital Normal University, No. 2 (in Chinese), p.p.120-124.

Li, C. & Nuttall, R. (2001). Writing Chinese and Mathematics Achievement: A study with Chinese-American undergraduates. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 13(1), 15-27.

Li, C. (2000) Instruction effect and developmental levels: A study on Water Level Task with Chinese children 9-17. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 25, 488-498.

Li, C. Nuttall, R., & Zhao, S. (1999). Effect of writing Chinese characters on success of Water-Level Task. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 30, 91-105.

Li, C., Nuttall, R., & Zhao, S.(1999). A test of the Piagetian Water-level Task with Chinese students. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 160, 369-380.

Li, C. Nuttall, R., & Zhu, W. (1999). Writing Chinese characters and success on Mental Rotation Test. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 88, 1261-1270.

Vasquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., Dynda, A. M., Ortiz, S.O., Armengol, C., Walton, J., &Phoenix, K. (2007).Cognitive Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. In Esquivel, G. B., Lopez, E. C. & Nahari, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural Psychology.

Li, C., Zhu, W., & Nuttall, R. (2001). Spatial and verbal abilities in visual art students: A study with Chinese undergraduates. In Columbus, F. (Ed.). Progress in Education 3, (pp.263-273). New York: NOVA Science Publishers.

Li, C., Walton, J. R., Nuttall, E.V.(1999). Preschool evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse children. In Nuttall, E.V., Romero, I., & Kalesnik, J. (Eds.), Assessing and Screening Preschoolers: Psychological and Educational Dimensions-Revised, 296-317. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Vasquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., Sanchez, W., Nuttall, R. L., & Mathison, L. J. (2002). Assessing the culturally and linguistically different child with emotional and behavioral problems. In Breen, M. J., & Fiedler, C. R. (Eds.) Behavioral Approaches to the Assessment of Youth with Emotional-Behavioral Disorders: A Handbook for School Based Practitioners. (2nd ed.). Austin, Texas: Proed. (Second author with colleagues and graduate student).


On Research
2001/7/7 Boston Globe reported their interview of me regarding my findings on writing Chinese and SAT mathematics score, entitled “Putting Chinese to the test: Learning language may boost SATs”, on the front page of City & Region section, pp.B1 and B4.
2001/9/ Chronicle of Higher Education reported my research, entitled “Want to give your children an extra edge on the SAT? Teach them to write Chinese” on Research: WHO KNEW, p. A30.
2001/7/12 World Journal (a Chinese newspaper distributed nation wide in the U.S.), wrote a news report entitled “Writing Chinese and higher SAT Score: Chinese-American Scholar Chieh Li found from her research that writing Chinese may facilitate processing images”, on B2.
1999/1/28 Channel 5 (WCVD, in Boston, MA) aired their interview of me regarding my research on writing Chinese and spatial ability, on 5 O’clock News.
1999/1/15 World Journal interviewed me and reported “Northeastern University Assistant Professor Chieh Li found from her research that writing Chinese may facilitate spatial ability and math”, on B1.