UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology Faculty - Lynet Uttal

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School of Education
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MadisonWI  53706-1326

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Lynet Uttal

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Lynet Uttal

Counseling Psychology (CP)

311 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Office: 608/262-6889


Personal Biography

I grew up in many places (Ann Arbor, Michigan; Oahu, Hawaii, Kyoto, Japan; Perth, Western Australia) and as an adult lived in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Oakland, California; Memphis, Tennessee, Phoenix, Arizona; and currently live in Madison, Wisconsin. These multiple border crossings plus my biracial, binational, bireligious historical consciousness shape how I see the world and what catches my attention.


Masters of Social Work, Social Work, Clinical/ Military, Magna cum laude
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Ph D, Sociology, Women of Color in the U.S., Feminist Theory, Work and Family
University of California, Santa Cruz

BA, Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor



Teaching Interests

Refugee and Immigrant Families; Research in Communities of Color Qualitative Methods thru the Lens of Race, Gender, and Class Studies; Racial Ethnic Families with an emphasis on Latino and Asian American Families and Immigrants and Refugees; Community-Based Research and Action Research; Community Based Research Pedagogies

Non-Credit Teaching

  • Instruction Type: Continuing Education, Sponsoring Organization: Division of Continuing Studies, Audience: State, Participants: 25, Professional, Description: All day workshop (organized; co-presented with Fabiola Hamdan).

Research Interests

Biculturalism & Multiculturation; Immigration and Adaptation; Refugees; Latino Immigrant Families in the Midwest; Bicultural Parenting; Tibetan Immigrant Stress and Health; Combining Research and Education Methods; Community Based Research Methods, Intersectionality


  • Uttal, L. (2015). Growing Up Hapa in Ann Arbor. In Sook Wilkinson and Victor Jew (Eds.), Asian Americans in Michigan. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Public Service

  • Hmong/American/Diaspora Institute.
    Dates of Membership: Jan. 2011 - Oct. 2011
    Accomplishments: October 21-23, 2011 Organizer (with Her Vang and Chia YouYee Vang) Hmong/American/Diaspora Institute. 28 national scholars convened to discuss the state of the field of Hmong Studies, share their work, and participate in professional development workshops (tenure, publishing). .
  • Chairperson. Period of Service: Jan. 2011 - Oct. 2011

Public Service

  • Formando Lazos Familares Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: FLF committee is responsible for planning platicas, brownbags, and overseeing radio show/novela to provide psychosocial education to Latino immigrant community about adapting to living in the United States and biculturalism.

  • Latino Child Care Council
    Dates of Membership: 2000 - 2006
    Accomplishments: Organized a certification program for Latino Family Childcare Providers in Spanish with cultural adaptations. Enhanced community awareness and education around quality childcare services. Increased employment opportunities for Latino women.

Awards and Honors

  • Chi Omega Sorority Teaching Award
    Organization: Chi Omega Sorority
    Purpose: Teaching
    Scope: Local
    Description: Honoree, Chi Omega Sorority, to honor professors and teaching assistants selected by their members as having had a meaningful and substantial impact on their education here at the University of Wisconsin.
    Date(s): November 23, 2014
  • Shine The Light Award
    Organization: UNIDOS
    Purpose: Service, Community
    Scope: Local
    Description: Awarded to the Formando Lazos Familiares Committee For Its Commitment to Educating Latino Families and Creating Healthier Communities in Dane Country.
    Date(s): October 20, 2011


  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: National, Membership Period: 2013 - 2016
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