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Yueh-Ting Lee

Yueh-Ting Lee, Professor and Program Director

Applied Psychology

Yueh-Ting Lee (aka “Li Yue-Ting”) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, where he has also served as the Dean of the Graduate School since 2015. Before he came to SIU, Dr. Lee had served as an administrator in various capacities, including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice President at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Minot State University in North Dakota.

Dr. Lee received his BA in English Language and American Literature from Central South University (CSU) in China and MS in Psychology from Beijing Normal University (BNU) before he immigrated to the United States. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook (aka Stony Brook University) and also completed his postdoctoral training and research at University of Pennsylvania in the early 1990s.

Professor Lee has authored and co-authored over 110 refereed journal articles and peer-reviewed book chapters and produced eleven scholarly books including: Social Cognition: Understanding Ourselves and Others with L. Liu (Beijing Normal University Publishing Group, 2010); Leadership and Management in China: Philosophies, Theories and Practices with C. Chen (Cambridge University Press, 2008); The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict with C. McCauley, F. Moghaddam, & S. Worchel (Praeger, 2004); Personality and Person Perceptions across Cultures with C. McCauley & J. Draguns (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, 1999); and Stereotype Accuracy: Toward Appreciating Group Differences with L. Jussim & M. McCauley (American Psychological Association, 1995). He served as a co-editor (with S. Kanazawa, 2013-2017) of a special issue entitled Nature and Evolution of Totemism, Religion and Spirituality for the APA journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and again as a co-editor (with S. Kanazawa, 2018-2020) of a special issue entitled Future of Evolutionary Psychology for the APA journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Lee’s research has been funded by various private and public (federal and state) agencies.

Representative Publications

Lee, Y-T., Jamnik, M. Maedge, K., & Chen, W-T (2020). The Darwin-God dilemma: A totemic approach to the meaning of life and human existence. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 14(4), 355-361.

Lee, Y-T. & Holt, L.B. Eds. (2019). Dao and Daoist ideas for scientists, humanists, and practitioners. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Zhao, Y., Lee, Y-T, Tang, Y, & York, M. (2019). The characteristics of targets of bullying among Chinese youth attending key versus non-key schools. A mixed-methods analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lee, Y., Chen, X., Zhao, Y., & Chen, W. (2018). The Quest for Today's Totemic Psychology: A New Look at Wundt, Freud and Other Scientists. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 12, E24. doi:10.1017/prp.2018.13.

Lee, Y-T., Beddow, M., Chan, S., & Xu, C. (2015). Evolutionary and cross-cultural investigation of totemism, Daoism and other spiritual beliefs. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7(4), 278-285.

Lee, Y-T., Haught, H, Chen, K. & Chan, X. (2013). Examining Daoist Big-Five leadership in cross-cultural and gender perspectives. Asian American Journal of Psychology4(4), 267-276. 

Lee, Y-T., McCauley, C., & Jussim, C. (2013). Stereotypes as valid categories of knowledge, and human perceptions of group differences. Social and Personality  Psychology Compass, 7(7), 470-486. 

Li, H. & Lee, Y-T. (2011). Incidental emotional states in relation to A-B-C Model. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 11(2), 209-219.

Lee, Y-T., Ottati, V., Bornman, E., & Yang, S. (2011). A cross-cultural investigation of beliefs about justice in China, USA and South Africa. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35, 511-521.  

Lee, Y-T. & Jussim, L. (2010). Back in the real world. American Psychologist, 65(2), 130-131.

SIU Psychology Yueh-Ting Lee

Office: Life Science II, 275F
Phone: 618-453-4180 or
Applied Culture and Evolution (ACE) Lab

Educational History

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook (Or Stony Brook University)