My Approach to Helping
As a professor, Dr. Hwang has over 25 years of education, training, and experience in the field of psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which has been repeatedly ranked #1 in clinical psychology training programs by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. As a tenured full professor at Claremont McKenna College (Ranked #8 among top liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report, and ranked #2 among liberal arts college and #11 among all top colleges by Forbes), he conducts cutting-edge clinical research, consults for universities and healthcare organizations, and also trains and supervises students, interns, and mental health professionals.
Dr. Hwang was born in Taiwan and grew up in the U.S. since he was 3-years-old. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese. He has been trained in a variety of psychotherapy methods and tailors his treatment approach based on the characteristics of the client and the type of problem his clients are experiencing. He takes a culturally effective approach to integrate cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamicanalytic, and solution-focused modalities to help improve his client's lives. He is also adept in structural and strategic family therapy, and has also completed Level I training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Dr. Hwang can also work within one modality (e.g., CBT or psychodynamic) if that's what the client prefers. He utilizes an evidence-based approach to providing mental health services.
Dr. Hwang has worked in numerous clinical settings, which help him provide the highest quality care for his clients. He has experience providing individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and school settings. He has previously provided clinical services at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Richmond Area Multi-Services Community Mental Health Center, West Los Angeles Veterans Administration (VA), UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA Student Psychological Services, UCLA Psychology Clinic, Valley Mental Health, the Rape Crisis Center, and various High Schools and Junior High Schools.