DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Office LocationFeinberg Hall #125

Degrees

  • Ph.D. Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University
  • M.S. Counseling, Specialization in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
  • M.A. Christian Education, Specialization in Curriculum Development, Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology

Biography

Dr. Karen Quek is a program director and professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. She is dual-licensed as a marriage & family therapist (LMFT) and a professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in the State of California. Quek has achieved national “Approved Supervisor” status of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and was a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). She has extensive teaching, clinical, and supervisory experiences in the United States and other parts of the world, including China, Singapore, and the Philippines. Her innovative research and clinical focus reflect her expertise and interests in multicultural clinical work, cross-cultural family processes, couples relational dynamics, and intersectionality in family therapy leadership. These have resulted in several publications in high impact journals such as Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Therapy, Journal of Family Issues, Feminist Family Therapy, etc. and numerous research presentations in her guild. She co-edited a book titled Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life: Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans in 2017.

Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association Clinical Member 2018 - present
  • California Marriage and Family Therapy (#138107) Clinical Member, 2017 - present
  • California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors Member, 2017 - 2020
  • American Psychological Association (#24914786) Member, 2014 - present
  • International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (#4017) Member, 2012 - present
  • American Family Therapy Association Member, 2009-2010
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (#99217) Clinical Member, 2004-present
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, California Division Clinical Member, 2010-present
  • National Council of Family Relations (#20030306) Member, 2003-present

Awards

  • NCFR Religion & Family Life Professional Outstanding Paper Award, 2011 National Council on Family Relations 73rd Annual Conference Awarded for Outstanding Paper: “Religiosity & the Constructions of Personal Development & Family Dynamics.”
  • Faculty Seed Money, 2011 Alliant International University Longitudinal study on “Gender construction among Contemporary Singaporean couples with school-age children.”
  • Faculty Research Grant, 2008-2009 Seattle Pacific University Awarded for qualitative study on: “Dynamics of Marital Power among Singaporean Collectivist Couples with Young Children.”
  • School of Psychology, Family & Community Faculty Grant 2007-2008 Seattle Pacific University Awarded for qualitative study on: “Processes of Gender Construction: A Qualitative Study of Singaporean Couples with young children”
  • Faculty Research Grant 2006-2007 Seattle Pacific University Awarded for qualitative study on: “A Qualitative Study of Contemporary Asian-American Married Couples with an Oldest Child aged Five and Younger.”
  • Supervision Award 2005 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Supervision Award
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution 2005 Loma Linda University, Department of Counseling & Family Sciences
  • Fellowship Award 2004 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship Award
  • Educational Foundation Scholarship Award 2000 California Association of Marriage & Family Therapy 2000

Publications (Selected)

  • “Gender equality in dual career marriages in Singapore.,” Quek, K. & Knudson-Martin, C. In Francine M Deutsch & Ruth Gaunt (Eds.), Equality at Home: How 25 Couples Around the World Share Housework and Childcare. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge: UK, 2020.
  • “Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life: Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans,” Quek, K., & Fang, S. (Eds.). Springer Series in Family Therapy, 2017.
  • “How Asian American couples negotiate relational harmony: Collectivism and gender equality,” Quek, K. & Knudson-Martin, C. In K. Quek & S. Fang (Eds.), Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life: Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans (Chapter 1) Springer Series in Family Therapy. 2017.
  • “Balancing the old and the new: The case of second generation Filipino American women,” Del-Mundo, J. & Quek, K.. In K. Quek & S. Fang (Eds.). Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life: Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans (Chapter 7). Springer Series in Family Therapy, 2017.
  • “Processes that Inform Multicultural Supervision: A Qualitative Meta-Analysis,” Tohidian, N. & Quek, K., Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2017.
  • “Family Therapy in Chinese Culture and Context: Lessons from Supervising Therapists-in-Training in China,” Quek, K. & Chen, H-M., Contemporary Family Therapy, 2017.
  • “Teaching Gender in Family Therapy Education: Reflection of Cis-Female Students’ Learning,” Quek, K., Morgan, M., & Eppler, C., Journal of Family Therapy, 2016.
  • “Self-disclosure between marital couples: A comparative study between Singapore and Greek couples,” Quek, K., Taniguichi, N., & Argiroupoulou, M., Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 2015.
  • “Qualitative Study on Cis-Male Students’ Gender Perspectives in the Couple and Family Therapy Classroom,” Quek, K., Morgan, M., & Eppler, C., Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 2014.
  • “Cultural Values, Self-Disclosure and Conflict Tactics as Predictors of Marital Satisfaction among Singaporean Husbands and Wives,” Quek, K. & Fritzpatick, J., The Family Journal, 2013.
  • “Transforming Fatherhood: Reconstructing Fatherhood through Faith-based Father School in South Korea,” Kim, S, & Quek, K., Review of Religious Research, 2013. 

Presentations

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) National Conference, Orlando, Fla. Presented on “Navigating Social Intersections in Clinical Supervision.” 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 42nd Annual Meeting and 9th Open Conference, Alexandria, Va. Presented on “Navigating Intersection of Meanings in Supervision.” 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • CAPS 2019 International Conference, Dallas, Texas. Presented a paper on “Supervisees’ & Supervisors’ Lenses in Multicultural Supervision.” March 2019.
  • AFTA’s 41st Annual Meeting and Open Conference, Oakland, Calif. Presented on “Applying social locations to teaching, clinical and supervision.” June 2019.
  • AFTA’s 40th Annual Meeting and Open Conference, Austin, Texas. Presented a paper on “Resentment in Asian-American Couples: Female Viewpoints.” June 2018.
  • AFTA’s 40th Annual Meeting and Open Conference, Austin, Texas. Presented a paper on “The ‘How-To’ in Competent Clinical Supervision.” June 2018.
  • International Family Therapy Association World Therapy Congress, Bangkok, Thailand. Presented on “Cultural Encounters in Clinical Supervision: The Supervisory Dyad.” March 2018.
  • The 80th National Council of Family Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, Calif. Presented a paper on “Navigating life in America: The case of 2nd Generation Filipino Women.” November 2018.
  • AFTA’s 39th Annual Meeting and Open Conference, Philadelphia. Presented a paper on “Multicultural Supervision: Supervisees’ Perspectives.” June 2017.
  • California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors Conference, University of Redlands. California. Presented a paper on “Embracing MultiCulturalism in the Supervision Process.” April 2017.

Research Interests

  • Equality in a Collectivistic Culture: A Qualitative Study of Newlyweds in Singapore
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