Wai Yung Lee, Ph.D., AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is Clinical Director of the Asian Academy of Family Therapy and Aitia Family Institute, is recipient of the prestigious 2014 American Family Therapy Academy’s Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award. Much of Dr. Lee’s research focused on dispersing the many myths about Asian Chinese families, as well as developing a framework for a culturally relevant approach in working with not only Chinese families, but also families of the world. She has been invited to deliver keynotes and workshops in America, Europe, and Asia, where her work has influenced many family workers, particularly in Mainland China and Taiwan. Her research on Children’s response to parental conflicts has been considered ground-breaking in the family therapy field in which she has expanded the knowledge and technology to the studying of children from divorce and trans-generational families.
In addition to her numerous publications on working with Asian families, Dr. Lee has co-authored three books with Salvador Minuchin, including the first and second editions of “Mastering family therapy – Journeys of growth and transformation,” and the most recent, “Assessing families and couples – From symptom to system,” together with Michael Nichols, all of which has been translated into many different languages. A newspaper columnist, her series of books on families written in Chinese has been published in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong respectively.