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Ngoc Bui

Ngoc Bui

Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences & Professor, Psychology

Main: (909) 448-4099
Hoover Building / La Verne 102


My approach to teaching has been that there isn’t any course I wouldn’t attempt to teach at least once! I am very willing to challenge myself in the classroom by constantly invigorating my teaching approach and style with various techniques and strategies. My interests in particular courses have changed through the years as I find more and more of a passion to teach courses that provide students opportunities for hands-on experiences, such as statistics, social psychology, research methods, learning and behavior change, and principles of college teaching.


My current research interests involve social psychological phenomena and media (e.g., perceptions and attitudes regarding media figures and celebrities). I also have interest in understanding student attitudes regarding statistics, procrastination, and learning. In the past I have focused on acculturation issues among Southeast Asian immigrant children and parents, as well as social cognition and body image. Furthermore, I am interested in helping undergraduate and graduate students pursue their various research interests by assisting them in poster presentations, paper publications, and dissertation work.


I also serve as faculty adviser to the University of La Verne chapter of Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology. Our chapter has grown tremendously, not only in membership but also in scope and dedication. Our main goal for Psi Chi each year is to increase awareness of the organization through various social and educational events offered free to all students on campus. Additionally, we hope to continue the tradition of assisting students to attend and present at regional and national research conferences. Finally, Psi Chi hopes to serve as a resource for students pursuing graduate education and careers in the profession.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • M.A., University of Nebraska Lincoln


Representative Publications

  • Alfaro, M.A., & Bui, N.H. (2017). Mental health professionals’ attitudes, perceptions, and stereotypes toward Latino/a undocumented immigrants. Ethics & Behavior. Advanced online publication.
  • Boulware, D.L., & Bui, N.H. (2016). Bereaved African American adults: The role of social support, religious coping, and continuing bonds. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21(3), 192-202. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2015.1057455
  • Bui, N.H. (2017). The relationship between self-efficacy and perceptions of different literacy types among college students. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 47(1), 45-57. doi: 10.1080/10790195.2016.1218808
  • Bui, N.H. (2017). Exploring similarity characteristics, identification, and parasocial interactions in choice of celebrities. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. 6(1), 21-31. doi:10.1037/ppm0000082
  • Cuevas, D.A., Bui, N.H. (2016). Social factors affecting the completion of a batterer intervention program. Journal of Family Violence, 31(1), 95-107. doi: 10.1007/s10896-015-9748-0
  • Diaz, T., & Bui, N.H. (2017). Subjective well-being in Mexican and Mexican American women: The role of acculturation, ethnic identity, gender roles, and perceived social support. Journal of Happiness Studies, 18(2) 607-624. doi: 10.1007/s10902-016-9741-1
  • Holthouser, B., & Bui, N.H. (2016). Meditative interventions and antisocial personality disorder. Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 29(3), 235-252. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2015.1026311

Professional Presentations

  • Bui, N. (2017, April). Are eco-friendly products worth more? Perceived value of environmentally-friendly products. Poster presented at the 97th Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Sacramento, CA.
  • Bui, N. (2016, April). Don’t tell me what to do: Psychological reactance and environmental backlash on environmental attitudes and behaviors. Poster presented at the 96th Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Long Beach, CA.
  • Bui, N. (2015, May). I don’t like me, but I really like you: Attribution and self-perceptions on attitudes toward celebrities. Poster presented at the 95th Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.