Gang Julie Xie 谢刚, PhD

Gang Julie Xie 谢刚, PhDDoctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.), PhD in Transpersonal Psychology in Chinese

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Dr. Xie has been an adjunct faculty member of Sofia University since 2017 and teaches Positive Psychology – Leadership class in both MBAO and MTPO programs. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University in 2002.  While working as a school psychologist for Fremont Unified School District as well as a Licensed Educational Psychologist in CA, she discovered how significant preventative measures are in education and found her passion in Positive Psychology.  Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Xie dedicated in expanding the practice of Positive Psychology in mental health, parenting and well-being in working places.  She also started leading her own business team since 2020.  Dr. Xie published two books and has been a frequent speaker in national conferences in China.

Program: PhD in Transpersonal Psychology in Chinese


• PhD School Psychology – Temple University
• M.A. School Psychology – Temple University
• M.A. Educational Psychology – Beijing Normal University
• B.A. Teaching English as a Second Language – Qufu Normal University

Educational Research:

• PhD School Psychology – Dissertation: Profile of Reading Levels and Difficulty in Chinese-American Children Whose English is Second Language.
• M.A. Educational Psychology – Thesis: Prevalence and Impact of Shyness among Middle School Students in Beijing.

Licensures & Certifications:

• Licensed Educational Psychologist #2667 (2002 to date)
• Credentialed School Psychologist, Fremont Unified School District, 2000 to date

Research & Training Interests:

• Application of Positive Psychology in school, home and professional settings; Parenting Education
• Frequent speaker and trainer on mental health for parents, students and school staff


• Xie, G. (2016). Being a School Psychologist in the USA.《我在美国做学校心理学家》Beijing Normal University Publishing House.
• Xie, G. (2021). Learned Happiness: Handbook of Positive Families.《习得幸福:积极家庭心理成长手册》Beijing Normal University Publishing House.

More faculty members:

Dorote Weyers-Lucci, Ph.D.Faculty: Bachelor's Completion, Global College, Master of Business Administration

Simone M. DiMatteo, Ph.D.MBA Program Chair and Core Faculty

Jennifer M. Crane, LMFTProgram Chair

Michelle M. Daly, LPCProfessor

Jeng-Dau James Wu, DBAProfessor: MA of Business Administration

Robert Wood, PhD.Sofia Core Faculty, Chair-Transpersonal Studies

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