Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director of the Gambling, Addictions, and the Marginalized Experience Lab
Expertise: Microaggressions, Multicultural Competence, Addictions


Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt is a social psychologist whose research focuses on mental health issues among marginalized individuals. Her primary line of research examines the stressful impact of everyday racism, also known as microaggressions. Wong-Padoongpatt investigates the impact, mechanisms, and individual variations in stress responses to these everyday slights and denigrations. Her research program on microaggressions addresses three major gaps: experimentally tests if marginalized individuals experience stress from microaggressions; examines threats to self-concepts as possible mediators of microaggression-generated stress; and investigates individual differences in personality traits as moderators of the microaggression effect.  

Her research also examines ethnic and gender differences in risk factors for addictions, mainly gambling and video game addictions. Her research aims to assess the patterns of gambling behavior and the co-morbidity of gambling problems with other psychological problems; determine whether the psychosocial risk factors associated with gambling are specifically related to gambling or are generically related to any mental health disorder; and examine novel and understudied risk factors for gambling.    

Wong-Padoongpatt's research has been published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Race and Social Problems, and the Journal of Gambling Studies, among others. In addition to her research, Wong-Padoongpatt serves as the secretary/historian for the Asian American Psychological Association.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of California, San Diego

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Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt In The News

April 6, 2021
The recent shootings in several Atlanta spas have brought violence against Asian Americans into the headlines. Again. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 28, 2020
The Southern Nevada Health District released data Monday showing an alarming uptick in deaths in Clark County involving fentanyl — despite opioid deaths falling in the last five years.
Coalition A.S. Color
December 12, 2015
Coalition A.S. Color presents our second interview as part of our Out of Line Series. In this interview Veronica Miranda reconnects with a high school classmate, Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt, to discuss her experiences in grad school and her most recent research on microaggressions.

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Campus News | August 10, 2020
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