Lee Za Ong
Lee Za Ong, Ph.D.Marquette University

Schroeder Complex, 168D

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1550
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology


  • Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 2014
    Marquette University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2005
    University of Wisconsin – Madison
    Major: Rehabilitation Psychology
    Minor: Educational Psychology
  • Master of Science, 1999
    University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Major: Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Bachelor of Law, 1996
    Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
    Major: Law

Courses Taught

  • COUN 6005 Foundations in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • COUN 6050 Research Methods in Counseling
  • COUN 6989 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Research Interests

My research interests are rehabilitation counseling issues, multicultural counseling, refugees/immigrants with disabilities, and curriculum evaluation. 


  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) # 00089937
  • Licensed Professional Counselor. Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing. (LPC) # 4447-125



Cook, J. M., Ong, L. Z., & Zavgorodnya, O. (2021). A mixed methods examination of counselors’ social class and socioeconomic status perceptions. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 60(2), 117-136. https://doi.org/10.1002/johc.12160 

Othman, E., Ong, L.Z*., Omar, I., & Bekhet, A. (2021). Experiences of Muslim mothers of children with disabilities: A qualitative study. Journal of Disability & Religion, https://doi.org/10.1080/23312521.2021.1911734 

Ong, L. Z., Callender, A. K., Blalock, K., & Holzbauer, J. (2021). Racial, ethnic differences in complementary and integrative health use among adults with mental illness: Results from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 27(1), 50-73. https://www.doi.org/10.1017/jrc.2021.3


Ong, L. (PI). Internships to Improve Behavioral Health Access in Underserved Areas. (July 2021 - June 2025). Health Resources and Services Administration, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program for Professional grant. Funded $980,000.

Madiraju, P., (PI) & Brylow, D., (Co-PI). Research Mentors: Drs. Michael Zimmer, Debbie Perouli, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Shion Guha, Paula E. Papanek, Aleksandra J. Snowden, and Satish Puri. External Evaluator: Dr. Lee Za Ong. (March 2020 – February 2023). Research Experiences in Undergraduate (REU) Site: Data Science Across Disciplines. National Science Foundation. Funded $404,683.

Ong, L. (PI). Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program: Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Mentally Ill. (October 2019 – September 2024). U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Funded $750,000



Cook, J. M., Ong, L. Z., & Zavgorodnya, O. (2019). An exploratory mixed methods study of counselors’ perceptions about social class and socioeconomic status. Poster presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.

Ong, L. Z. (2019). Culturally responsive collaboration framework: Application in rehabilitation counseling. Poster presented at the 19th Annual National Council on Rehabilitation Educators Conference, San Diego, CA.

Cook, J. M., Ong, L. Z., & Zavgorodnya, O. (2019). How counseling professionals understand social class and socioeconomic status: A mixed methods study. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Ong, L. Z., & Sepulveda, V. (2018). Using a relational ethic framework in multicultural clinical decision making. Presentation at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference

Scheidegger, T., Smothers, M., Sepulveda, V., King, C., Ong, L., & Jashinsky, T. Assessment of counselor trainee skills and self-efficacy. A presentation at the ACES conference, Chicago, IL.

Ong, L., & Sepulveda, V. Using a relational ethic framework in multicultural clinical decision making. A presentation at the Wisconsin Counseling Association Summit. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Ong, L. Self-care and stress reduction (ethics included).International Association of
Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) Wisconsin Spring Seminar. Milwaukee, WI.

Smothers, M., Ong, L., Sepulveda, V., & Jashinsky T. Assessment of counselor trainee
skills and self-efficacy. A presentation at the North Central ACES conference, Bloomington, MN.

Jones, D., & Ong, L. Complementary and alternative medicine use among ethnic minorities. A presentation at the 44th Annual Institute and Conference of the National Black Nurse Association, Inc. Memphis, TN.

Jones, D., & Ong, L. Psychosocial factors and their association with health outcomes in minority patients with a lifelong disease. A presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International's 27th International Nursing Research Congress. Cape Town, South Africa

Ong, L., & Jashinsky, T. Understanding and applying ethical principles of Rehabilitation Assessment. A presentation at the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Spring Seminar, Milwaukee, WI.

King, C. & Ong, L. Integrative ethics and culture in mental health care. A workshop
presentation at 2016 Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Behavioral Health Workshop Series.
Milwaukee, WI.

Ong, L. Understanding healthcare among different cultures: their values and beliefs
about mental and physical health. A presentation at iCare Medicare Plan Agency.

Ong, L., & Ssempajji, S. Mental Health Assessment & Vocational Accommodations of W-2 Participant. A paper presentation at the WPA Annual Convention. Madison, WI.


Yoon, E., Langrehr, K., & Ong, L. Z.Content analysis of acculturation research in counseling and counseling psychology: A 22-year review. A poster presentation at the ACA Annual Conference and Exposition. San Diego, CA.


Chen, R., Cheng, Z., Jo, S., Lee, G., Ong, L. Odysseys of international students to the American professoriate in rehabilitation education. A paper presentation at the 7th NCRE Annual National Educators Conference. San Diego, CA.

Chen, R., Jo, S., Ong, L. Rehabilitation Services & Training in South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand. A paper presentation at the 7th NCRE Annual National Educators Conference. San Diego, CA.

Lloyd, J. R., & Ong, L. Cultural and educational correlation in matrix reasoning. Presented at the National Forum of Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association, Auburn University, AL.

Lee. G., Chronister, J., Cardoso, L., & Ong, L. Psychiatrics training needs in rehabilitation counselor education. A paper presentation at the 6th NCRE Annual National Educators Conference. San Diego, CA.