Laurie "Lali" Dawn McCubbin

Lali McCubbin

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 311 - College of Education & Human Development

Dr. McCubbin's curriculum vita [PDF]

More information about Dr. McCubbin's research can be found at her website.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
  • Predoctoral Internship, The Ohio State University, 2002-03
  • M.A., Mental Health Counseling, Boston College, 1998
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, 1993

Research Interests

My research focuses on resilience, adaptation and well-being across the life-span. My work is with people and families of color with particular attention to indigenous groups. I have also conducted research and published on cultural identity development, family resilience and recovery, stress and coping processes among multiracial families, discrimination and health outcomes. I am currently the principal investigator on the Kauai Longitudinal Study examining resilience, adaptation and well-being among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from prenatal/birth to middle and older adulthood. I also serve as the Executive Director of the Resilience, Adaptation and Well-Being Project where I oversee 28 measures on stress, coping and resilience that have been used with people of color, families with children with chronic illnesses and disabilities and internationally. For more information please visit

Teaching Areas

  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Counseling Theories and Advanced Theories
  • Career Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Masters and Doctoral Practica
  • Human Development

Honors & Awards

  • Shining Star Award, National Multicultural Summit, 2015
  • Service to the Profession, Washington State University, 2012
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award, Washington State University, 2010
  • Excellent in Diversity, Washington State University, 2010

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Psychological Association Member, Divisions 7, 17, 45
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • Advisory Board Member for the Northwest Pacific Center of Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Engagement

Publications and Presentations

  • *McNeill, B., McCubbin, L.D., & Sevedge, S. (in press). Mestiza/o, Indigenous and liberation perspectives on social issues. Social issues in living color: Challenges and solutions from the perspective of ethnic minority psychology. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • *McCubbin, L.D., Okumoto, E., & Marco, L. (2014). Parenting and child-rearing: Classic models and current trends. In C. Juntunen (2nd ed.; Ed.), Counseling across the life span. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • *McCubbin, L.D. & Moniz, J. (2014). Ethical principles in resilience research: Respect, relevance, reciprocity and responsibility. In L. Theron, M. Ungar, & L. Liebenberg, (Eds.), Youth resilience and culture: Commonalities and complexities. New York, NY: Springer.
  • McCubbin, L.D., & McCubbin, H. I. (2013). Resilience in ethnic family systems: A relational theory for research and practice. In D. Becvar (Ed.), Handbook on family resilience (pp. 175-195). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Leong. F.T.L., Holliday, B.G., Trimble, J.E., Padilla, A. & McCubbin, L. (2013). Ethnic minority psychology. In D. K. Freedheim & I. B. Weiner (Eds.), Handbook of psychology, volume one: History of psychology (pp. 530-561). New York, NY: Wiley.
  • McCubbin, H., McCubbin, L. D., Samuels, G., Zhang, W. Sievers, J. (2013). Multiethnic children, youth and families: Emerging challenges to the behavioral sciences and public policy, Journal of Family Relations, 62, 1–4.
  • McCubbin, L.D., McCubbin, H.I., Zhang, W., Kehl, L. & Strom, I. (2013). Relational well-being: An indigenous perspective and measure. Journal of Family Relations, 62, 354-365.
  • *McCubbin, L.D. & Antonio, M.C. K. (2012). Discrimination and obesity among Native Hawaiians. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 71 (12), 346-352.
  • Zhang, W., Chen, W., McCubbin, H., McCubbin, L., & Foley, S. (2011). Predictors of mental and physical health: Individual and neighborhood levels of education, social well-being and ethnicity. Health and Place, 17(1), 238-247.
  • McCubbin, H., Ontai, K. Kehl, L. McCubbin, L., Hart, H., DeBarysche, B., Ripke, M. & Matsuoka, J. (2010; Eds.). Multiethnicity and multiethnic families: Development, identity, and resilience. Honolulu, Hawaii. Le’a Publications.
  • McCubbin, L. D., & Marsella, A. (2009). Native Hawaiians and Psychology: The cultural, and historical context of indigenous ways of knowing. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 15(4), 374-387.
  • *co-authored with students