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About Dr. Hsueh

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Dr. Loretta Hsueh (pronounced SHAY) is a clinical health psychologist and health services researcher. Her research focuses on identifying and addressing the mechanisms leading to the disproportionate burden of type 2 diabetes and related conditions among immigrants and people of color. She has pursued research questions through analysis of large, complex epidemiological datasets, electronic health record data, and ecologically-valid experimental designs. More recently, her work has focused on the design and implementation of interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications that are responsive to the cultures, languages, and social realities of immigrants and their families.

Originally from California, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she double majored in Psychology and Communication and minored in Asian American Studies. These early studies continue to inform her thinking and research interests to present day. After brief stints in K-12 education and in marketing/consulting, she returned to school to get her Masters degree in Psychology from San Diego State University where she first learned of behavioral medicine. She then went on to earn her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on behavioral medicine, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). As part of her doctoral training, she completed her clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine where she specialized in health psychology/bariatric psychology. Dr. Hsueh then returned home to California to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in the T32 Diabetes Translational Research training program and the Delivery Science training program at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland, CA. It was during postdoctoral training when she developed a deep appreciation for health services and healthcare delivery research.

She joined the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychology as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in fall of 2022. 

Education and Training

2007 - 2011

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University of California

Santa Barbara

BA Psychological Brain Sciences

BA Communication

Asian American Studies Minor

2019 - 2020

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University of Illinois at Chicago

School of Medicine

Clinical Internship

Adult Track

2013 - 2015

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San Diego State University

MA Psychology

Physical/Mental Health Research Track

2020 - 2022

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Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Division of Research

T32 Diabetes Translational Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015 - 2020

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

PhD Clinical Psychology

Behavioral Medicine track

2022 - Present

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University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hsueh will be reviewing clinical psychology PhD applicants for Fall 2025 admission.

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