Lilian J. Shin-Cho, PhD

Lilian J. Shin-Cho

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Health Disparities Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2023
  • PhD, Psychology, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2019
  • MA, Psychology, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2016
  • BA, Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2005


  • Secondary Education, Inactive


  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Honors & Awards

  • 2023    Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Prevention Award (winner) - MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2022    Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee in Cancer Prevention Award (Honorable Mention) - MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2021    Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee in Cancer Prevention Award (Honorable Mention) - MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2021-2023    Awardee, NIH/NCI Early Stage K99/R00 mechanism: Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researcher in Cancer Control Science category - MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2019-2021    Awardee, MD Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research – MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2015    Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention) - University of California, Riverside
  • 2014-2019    Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship - University of California, Riverside
  • 2007    Chi Sigma Iota, Professional Counseling Honor Society - Georgia State University
  • 2004    Dean’s List - Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Psychosocial interventions to increase well-being of cancer survivors who are members of collectivist cultures (Asian American, Hispanic, and others)
  • Stigma, self-blame, and mental health among Asian American cancer patients and survivors
  • Family communication among members of collectivist cultures living with cancer

Selected Publications

Chen, L., Wang, C., Smith, G. L., Dawkins-Moultin, L., Shin, L. J., & Lu, Q. (2024). Job loss and well-being among Chinese American breast cancer survivors: The mediating role of income and perceived stress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 

Tan, N. Q. P., Shin, L. J., Maki, K., Geng, Y., Volk, R. J., & Lu, Q. (2023). A systematic review of the impact of cancer survivorship interventions with Asian American cancer survivors. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. 

 Choi, E., Shin, L. J., Chen, L., & Lu, Q. (2023). Lived experiences of young adult Chinese American breast cancer survivors: A qualitative analysis of their strengths and challenges using expressive writing. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 62. 

Lu, Q., Chen L., Shin, L. J., Wang, C., Dawkins-Moultin, L., Chu, Q., Loh, A., Young, L., & Wang, C. (2021). Improvement in quality of life and psychological well-being associated with a culturally based psychosocial intervention for Chinese American breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29, 4565-4573.  PMCID: PMC8600643

Shin, L. J., Margolis, S. M., Walsh, L. C., Kwok, S. Y. C. L., Yue, X., Chan, C.-K., Siu, N. Y.-F., Sheldon, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2021). Cultural differences in the hedonic rewards of recalling kindness: Priming cultural identity with language. Affective Science. 2(1), 80-90. 

Chu, Q., Wong, C. C. Y., Chen, L., Shin, L. J., Chen L., & Lu, Q. (2020). Self-stigma and quality of life among Chinese American breast cancer survivors: A serial multiple mediation model. Psycho-Oncology, 30(3), 392-399.  PMID: 33175446

*Hoang, T. M., Shin, L. J., Xu, S., & Lu, Q. (2020). Coping with breast cancer among immigrant Chinese Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 11(2), 108–116. 

Shin, L. J., Armenta, C. N., Kamble, S., Chang, S.-L., Wu, H.-Y., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2020). Gratitude in collectivist and individualist cultures. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(5), 598-604. 

Shin, L. J., Layous, K., Choi, I., Na, S., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2019). Good for self or good for others? The well-being benefits of kindness in two cultures depend on how the kindness is framed. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(6), 795-805.

Shin, L. J., Ruberton, P. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2018). The spotlight activity: Development and feasibility test of a naturalistic attention-redirection well-being intervention. Journal of Positive School Psychology, 2(1), 64-91. 

Shin, L. J., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2017). Increasing well-being in independent and interdependent cultures. In M. A. Warren & S. I. Donaldson (Eds.), Scientific advances in positive psychology (pp. 11–36). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Shin, L. J., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2016). Positive activity interventions for mental health conditions: Basic research and clinical applications. In J. Johnson & A. Wood (Eds.), The handbook of positive clinical psychology (pp. 349-363). Wiley.

Gaskin-Wasson, A. L., Walker, K. L., Shin, L. J., & Kaslow, N. J. (2016). Spiritual well-being and psychological adjustment: Mediated by interpersonal needs? Journal of Religion and Health, 57(4), 1376-1391.

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