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Nolan Zane


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University Washington, 1987


In addition to his academic appointment in Psychology, Nolan Zane is director and principal investigator of the Asian American Center on Disparities Research. Professor Zane has authored numerous articles on ethnic minority mental health treatment and services, cultural differences in intra- and interpersonal dynamics (e.g., self-consciousness, assertion), and addictive behavior patterns in Asian American communities. He also has co-edited books on Asian American health issues Confronting Critical Health Issues of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and on the psychology of Asian Americans Handbook of Asian American Psychology. He has served as a consultant on research strategies for culturally-diverse populations for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Research Focus

Professor Zane conducts research on clinical psychology issues, and his work focuses on specific cultural variables that influence the processes and outcomes of psychosocial interventions. He is interested in the development and evaluation of culturally oriented treatments for ethnic minority clients, change mechanisms in mental health interventions, program evaluation of substance abuse and mental health programs, and the cultural determinants of addictive behaviors. His current research examines the role of loss of face and shame in interpersonal relationships with a special focus on client and care provider interactions. He is also studying how common factors (e.g., suggestion, mastery experiences) in psychotherapy function to bring about behavioral, attitudinal and emotional changes in treatment.

Selected Publications

  • Zane, N., Bernal, G., & Leong, F. (2016). Evidence-based psychological practice with ethnic minorities: Culturally informed research and clinical strategies. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.  
  • Zane, N., & Ku, H. (2014). Effects of ethnic match, gender match, acculturation, cultural identity, and face concerns on self-disclosure in counseling for Asian Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 66-74.
  • Zane, N., Sue, S., Chang, J., Huang, L., Huang, J., Lowe, S., Srinivasan, S., Chun, K., Kurasaki, K., & Lee, E. (2005). Beyond ethnic match: Effects of client-therapist cognitive match in problem perception, coping orientation, and treatment goals on treatment outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, 33, 569-585.
  • Zane, N., & Yeh, M. (2002). Use of culturally-based variables in assessment: Studies on loss of face. In K. S. Kurasaki, S. Okazaki, & S. Sue, (Eds.), Asian American mental health: Assessment, theories, and methods (pp. 123-138). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Sue, S. & Zane, N. (1987). The role of culture and cultural techniques in psychotherapy: A critique and reformulation. American Psychologist, 42, 37-45.


Professor Zane taught in the area of social-personality. He taught courses in Abnormal Psychology and also taught Topics in Social and Personality.