Dr. Steven J. Choy is a licensed clinical psychologist who graduated from the University of Utah’s APA accredited Clinical Psychology Program and has been in clinical practice since 1977. He has specialized in the identification, assessment, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment. He was the Founder and Director of the Child Protection Center at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for over 30 years before his retirement and appointment to the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology. During his tenure as Director of the Child Protection Center, he was instrumental in the development of the Child Protective Act in Hawaii as well as in the development of protocols for child maltreatment risk assessments, psychological evaluations, multidisciplinary team assessments, and psychological treatment for the State of Hawaii. He serves on numerous boards and committees focused on the protection of children and strengthening of families. He is also a trainer for the State of Hawaii Child Welfare Workers (Child Protective Services Workers) and continues to provide presentations and workshops on issues of child protection at local, national and international conferences. Dr. Choy is the co-founder and co-chair of the Hawaii Annual International Trauma Conference. He is also the Founder and Director of the Family Strengthening Center at Family Programs Hawaii, where he directs the Center’s Psychology and Mental Health Practicums, Doctoral Internship, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Program. The Center is an affiliate practicum site for the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology. As part of the HSPP Practicum Training, he is the director of the Mental Health Service for the Hawaii State Zero To Three Court, the Family Drug Court, the Juvenile Drug Court, and the Girls’ Specialty Courts. He received the APPIC National Excellence for Doctoral Fellowship Training, the Hawaii State Legislative Significant Contribution to Hawaii Child Welfare Services, the Hawaii State Judiciary Recognition Certificate, and the Hawaii Psychological Association’s Significant Psychological Contribution award.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1977.
M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1975.
B.A., Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1973.