Karen Quek

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor

Education: PhD, LMFT, LPCC

Industry Expertise: marital and family therapy and professional clinical counseling

Research Interest: marital and family therapy theories and process, multicultural competency, cross-cultural family processes, couples relational dynamics, and intersectionality in family therapy leadership


Dr. Karen Quek holds a PhD in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University. She has over two decades of experience in academic leadership, supervisory, and clinical practice in the United States and other parts of the world, including China, Singapore, and the Philippines. Dr. Quek is dual licensed as a marriage and family therapist and a professional clinical counselor. She currently is in private practice (www.karenquek.com) and provides telehealth services. Dr. Quek appreciates and respects cultural diversity, and is dedicated to the growth of the next generation of mental health professionals. She has achieved national “Approved Supervisor” status of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and was a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Dr. Quek is the author and co-editor of two books: Intersectionality in Family Therapy Leadership – Professional Power, Personal Identities (2021) and Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life: Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans (2017). She has published numerous articles in international journals including Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, Journal of Family Issues, and more.