Our People

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Martha Chiu, Ph.D.
President & Co-Founder

Martha Chiu, Ph.D. is a bilingual (Mandarin Chinese/English), licensed psychologist and counselor educator with a longstanding interest in the improvement of mental health services for Chinese people. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Studies and earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Chiu has over 20 years of experience in direct clinical service delivery and teaching/supervision in the U.S. and Asia, including most recently 8 years of clinical practice and counselor education and supervision in China (2007-2015). As an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Affairs (China) for Palo Alto University (PAU) from 2010 to 2015, she established and directed PAU’s M.A. of Counseling program in China. She also served as a psychologist at the Beijing United Family Hospital (2012-2015), where she established the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy as a practicum training site. Dr. Chiu is currently a Professor at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology and is responsible for establishing and directing a new global online Certificate in Integrative Counseling program to improve counseling in Asia and other parts of the world.

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Shengyang Chiu, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder

Shengyang Chiu, Ph.D. is a U.S. trained computer scientist and experienced senior executive who has served in innovative start-up companies spanning the U.S. and Asia. He received his education at Harvard University (B.A in Engineering and Applied Physics and M.A. in Applied Mathematics) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in Computer Science). Dr. Chiu has over 25 years of professional experience in the application of cutting-edge software technologies to a wide variety of problem domains, including web-based online distance learning. He was the pioneering Chief Technology Officer for two start-up online universities (Capella University and Universitas 21 Global), leading the design, implementation and operations of their technology infrastructures. He worked in China from 2007 to 2014 as a consulting executive for a number of high tech firms.

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Alice Fok-Trela, Psy.D.
Instructor

Alice Fok-Trela, Psy.D. is a trilingual (English/Cantonese/Mandarin Chinese), Canadian-licensed psychologist and educator with a passion to improve the quality of psychological services in China, and to train local counselors to deliver high-quality therapy that meet international standards. She received a B.A. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She earned an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, focusing dually on severe mental illness and pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Fok-Trela completed clinical training at UCLA Medical Center and USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, with specialized training in cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. She has over 10 years of experience in direct clinical service delivery in a variety of settings including pediatric therapy centers, public schools, community counseling centers, and hospitals in Canada, the United States, and China. She also has 5 years of teaching and supervision experience in the U.S., Canada, and China, serving as a professor at Shanghai Ocean University and Chongqing Normal University, and serving as a clinical supervisor at Palo Alto University. Dr. Fok-Trela currently serves as a clinical psychologist at Parkway Health Medical Centers and LIH Olivia’s Place, a multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy center with multiple locations throughout China. She focuses primarily on psychological and psychoeducational assessment, and psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for children, adolescents, and adults in English and Chinese. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, College of Alberta Psychologists, and the Shanghai International Mental Health Association.