Dr. Irene Tung (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she directs the Promoting Early Resilience in Children's Mental Health (PERCH) Lab. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Tung’s research program focuses on the impact of early stress exposure on the development of emotional reactivity and risky behaviors. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers on these topics in a range of interdisciplinary journals, including collaborative work in JAMA, Pediatrics, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Development and Psychopathology. Her current work is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and American Psychological Foundation (APF) and investigates the prenatal period as a unique window of opportunity for promoting pathways of resilience for parents and their children.
Dr. Tung is highly invested in teaching, mentoring, and advocating for the next generation of psychological researchers, clinicians, educators, and leaders, particularly first generation college students and students facing marginalization in academia. She is actively involved in antiracism efforts in psychological science and is a strong advocate for developing more equitable and inclusive training pathways to careers in psychology. Dr. Tung's teaching and clinical interests center on developmental psychopathology, stress and adversity, and evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents. She currently teaches the graduate seminars, Child and Adolescent Treatment: Theories and Practice, Addictions Counseling, and Crisis and Trauma: Theories and Interventions.