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Michael Goh

Professor; Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity; Director, Institute for Equity, Diversity, and Advocacy (IDEA)

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
225 Burton Hall


Ph.D., University of Minnesota,counseling and student personnel psychology
M.S., Indiana University, counseling and counselor education
B.A., Indiana University, psychology and sociology (double major)


Areas of Interest

Cultural intelligence (CQ)
Intercultural training and education for leaders, educators, and counselors
Counseling and mental health around the world
Indigenous ways of healing and helping


My personal and professional life is and has been an international journey. I grew up in multicultural Singapore. In 1986, I came to the United States as an international student at Indiana University, Bloomington and then at the University of Minnesota. I am trained as a counseling psychologist. After completing my pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Davis, I returned to Singapore to join my colleagues in starting the first graduate program in counseling psychology in the country as well as the first counseling service at a university in Singapore. I returned to the University of Minnesota to join the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program as a faculty in educational psychology in 2000 and moved to the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development in 2011 to build interdisciplinary partnerships and to promote global mental health in international development and international education.

My teaching, research, and service are focused on how cultural intelligence can be best applied in intercultural education, international education and development, teacher education, counseling, and other disciplines. I also partner with the Cultural Providers Network on research that improves access to mental health services for ethnically diverse, new immigrant, and international populations in the U.S. and abroad. Many of my current research and professional consultations involve culturally and ethnically diverse communities in the United States and with East and South East Asian countries like Singapore, China, Japan, and South Korea.

I see myself as an interdisciplinary intercultural educator who has applied an interculturalist or culturally intelligent framework on multicultural and international counseling psychology and teacher education. The adjectives multicultural and international are essential. Multiculturalism reflects my view that diversity, in the broadest sense of the word goes beyond race and ethnicity to include such categories as gender, class, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, religion, and the myriad complex intersections which comprise our identities. International reflects my belief that counseling psychology, like many other disciplines we study in the U.S., is still predominantly a western notion with assumptions and values that do not easily translate to countries that are trying to construct systems of providing psychological services in the context of international development. My goal is to help communities understand and discover indigenous ways of helping and how to evolve or adapt services that respect and reflect local cultural values. While doing so, I tend not to view the world as an east-west schism but view societies within globalization’s impact and the hybridization of cultures.

Professional Affiliations


  • Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award, American Counseling Association/Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Jack and Marty Rossman Faculty Development Award (Inaugural Recipient), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, University of Minnesota Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, Office for Equity and Diversity.
  • President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentor, University of Minnesota
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Education and Human Development
  • Distinguished Leadership in Psychology and Mental Health, Minnesota Psychological Association
  • Teacher of the Year, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


  • National Institute of Health Partners in Research Grant “Examining a collaborative strategy for increasing understanding, adoption, adaptation and/or creation of evidence-based children’s mental health practices for culturally diverse communities. Co-Principal Investigator with Center for Excellence in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) Multicultural Research Award
  • Ministry of Education Singapore Academic Research Fund. “A Multinational Study of Characteristics of Expert Counselors in Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand: The Singapore Study.”
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship: “Cultural intelligence: Construct validation of a new measure of cultural competence.”
  • President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award: “In search of cultural competence in mental health: A study of expert multicultural counselors.”
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship: “A meta-analysis of attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help.”
  • University of Minnesota Multicultural Education Fellowship
  • President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award: “Linguistic access to mental health: The use of interpreters in mental health counseling.”
  • College of Education and Human Development Marcia Edwards Fund: “A cross-cultural study to explore the determination and nomination process of master therapists.”

Selected Publications

  1. Goh, M. (2015). Counseling. In J. M. Bennett (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of intercultural competence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  2. Goh, M., Yon, K., Shimmi, Y., & Hirai, T. (2014). Experiences of Asian psychologists and counselors trained in the USA: An exploratory study. Asia Pacific Education Review, 15(4), 593-608.

  3. Goh, M., & Yon, K. (2013). Response to Kelly revisited: The case of the gifted student. In S. G. Niles, J. Goodman, & M. Pope (Eds). Career counseling casebook: A resource for practitioners, students, and counselor educators.

  4. Jennings, L., Skovholt, T. M., Goh, M., & Lian, F. (2013). Master therapists: Explorations of expertise. In M. H. Rønnestad & T. M. Skovholt (Eds.), The developing practitioner: Growth and stagnation of therapists and counselors. New York, NY: Routledge.

  5. Goh, M. (2012). Teaching with Cultural Intelligence: Developing multiculturally educated and globally engaged citizens. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 32(4), 395-415.

  6. Goh, M., Skovholt, T. M., Yang, A., Starkey, M. (2012). Developing habits of culturally competent practice. In T. M. Skovholt (Ed.), Becoming a therapist: On the path to mastery (pp.79-100). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

  7. Yon, K. J., Choi, W. S., & Goh, M. (2012). Career maturity growth curve and sex-role stereotypes of Korean adolescents. Journal of Career Development.  doi: 10.1177/0894845312445515

  8. Yon, K. J., Joeng, J., & Goh, M. (2012). A longitudinal study of career maturity of Korean adolescents: The effects of personal and contextual factors. Asia Pacific Education Review 13(4), 727-739.

  9. Goh, M., Starkey, M., Koch, J. (2011). Cultural formulation exercise: Making culturally appropriate formulations in the treatment of culturally diverse individuals. In M. Pope, J. S. Pangelinan, & A. D. Coker (Eds.), Experiential activities for teaching multicultural counseling classes and infusing cultural diversity into core classes (pp. 225-227). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

  10. Goh, M., Koch, J., Starkey, (2011). Cross-cultural interviews: Understanding attitudes towards counseling and mental health services. In M. Pope, J. S. Pangelinan, & A. D. Coker (Eds.) Experiential activities for teaching multicultural counseling classes and infusing cultural diversity into core classes (pp. 55-57). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

  11. Goh, M. (2010). Alien: The experiences of an international student in counselor training. In M. Trotter-Mathison, J. M. Koch, S. Sanger, & T. M. Skovholt, T. M. (Eds.) Voices from the field: Defining moments in counselor and therapist development. New York: Routledge.

  12. Goh, M., Koch, J., & Sanger, S. (2008). Cultural intelligence in counseling psychology: Applications for multicultural counseling competence. In S. Ang & L. Van Dyne (Eds.), Handbook of cultural intelligence (pp. 257-270). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

  13. Yoon, E., Lee, R., & Goh, M. (2008). Acculturation, social connectedness, and subjective well being. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 246-255.

  14. Jennings, L., D’Rozario, V., Goh, M., Sovereign, A., & Skovholt, T. M. (2008). Psychotherapy expertise in Singapore: A qualitative investigation. Psychotherapy Research, 18, 508-522.

  15. Starkey, M., Lee, H. K., Tu, C. C., Netland, J., Goh, M., McGraw Schuchman, D., & Yusuf, A. (2008). Only Allah can heal: A cultural formulation of the psychological, religious, and cultural experiences of a Somali man. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 33, 145-153.

  16. Goh, M., Xie, B., Herting Wahl, K., Zhong, G., Lian, F., & Romano, J. L., (2007). Chinese attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 29, 187-202.

  17. Goh, M., Wahl, K. H., Koch McDonald, J., Alliman-Brisett, A., & Yoon, E. (2007). Working with immigrant students in schools: The role of school counselors in building cross-cultural bridges. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 35, 66-79.

  18. Yoo, S.K., Goh, M., Yoon, E. (2005). Psychological and cultural influences on Koreans’ help-seeking attitudes. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 27, 266-281.

  19. Romano, J. L., Goh, M., & Wahl, K. H. (2005). School counseling in the United States: Implications for the Asia-Pacific region. Asia Pacific Education Review, 6, 111-121.

  20. Skovholt, T. M., Hansen, S. S., Goh, M., Romano, J. L., & Thomas, K. A. (2005). The Minnesota international counseling institute (MICI) 1989-present: History, joyful moments, and lessons learned. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 27, 17-33.

  21. Goh, M. (2005). Cultural competence and master therapists: An inextricable relationship. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 27, 71-81.

  22. Goh, M., Dunnigan, T., & McGraw Schuchman, K. (2004). Bias in counseling Hmong clients with limited English proficiency. In J.L. Chin (ed.) The psychology of prejudice and discrimination volume 2: Ethnicity and multiracial identity (pp. 109-136). Westport, CT: Praeger.

  23. Skovholt, T.M., Goh, M., Udipi, S., Grier, T. (2004). The resilient multicultural practitioner. The California Psychologist, 37, 18-23.

  24. Goh, M. & Lee, J. (2003). Career counseling centers in higher education: A study of cross-cultural applications from the United States to Korea. Asia Pacific Education Review, 4(1), 84-96.

  25. Jennings, L., Goh, M., Skovholt, T.S., Hanson, M., & Banerjee-Stevens, D. (2003). Multiple factors in the development of expert counselors and therapists. Journal of Career Development, 30(1), 59-72.

  26. Goh, M., & Tan, A.G. (2002). Envisioning the future of psychology in Singapore. In A.G. Tan and M. Goh (Eds.). Psychology in Singapore: Issues of an emerging discipline (pp. 60-82). Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

  27. Tan, A.G., & Goh, M. (Eds.). (2002). Psychology in Singapore: Issues of an emerging discipline. Singapore: McGraw-Hill.

  28. Tan, E., & Goh, M. (2002). Vocational psychology and career counseling in Singapore: Research and development. In A.G. Tan and M. Goh (Eds.). Psychology in Singapore: Issues of an emerging discipline (pp. 191-202). Singapore: McGraw-Hill

  29. Goh, M. (2001). Response to Kelly: The case of the gifted student. In S.G. Niles, J. Goodman, & M. Pope (Eds). Career counseling casebook: A resource for students, practitioners, and counselor educators. Tulsa, OK: National Career Development Association.

  30. D’Rozario, V., & Goh, M. (1998). How do adolescents cope with their concerns: A review and study of Singapore students.  Review of Educational Research and Advances for Classroom Teachers (REACT), 1, 13-20.

  31. Rodolfa, E., Haynes, S., Kaplan, D., Chamberlain, M., Goh, M., Marquis, P., & McBride, L. (1998). Supervisory practices of psychologists: Does time since licensure matter?  The Clinical Supervisor, 17(2), 177-183.

  32. Goh, M. (1997). An interactive teaching plan to further the understanding and experience of stereotypes in groups. Teaching and Learning, 17(9), 1-14.

  33. Updated May 2015