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Our Team

Martha Chiu, Ph.D.
President & Co-Founder
Martha Chiu, Ph.D. is a bilingual (Mandarin Chinese/English), licensed psychologist and counselor educator with a longstanding interest in the improvement of mental health services for Chinese people. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Studies and earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Chiu has over 25 years of experience in direct clinical service delivery and teaching/supervision in the U.S. and Asia, including 8 years of clinical practice and counselor education and supervision on the ground in China (2007 – 2015). She served as a psychologist at the United Family Hospital in Shanghai (2007 – 2008) and Beijing (2012 – 2016).  At the Capital Normal University in Beijing (2008 – 2011) she taught Applied Psychology graduate level courses and provided clinical supervision for counselors at its Student Counseling Center. As an Associate Professor and Director of Academic Affairs (China) for Palo Alto University (PAU) she established and directed PAU’s M.A. of Counseling program in China (2010 – 2015). More recently, Dr. Chiu is a co-founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Counseling Excellence (2015 – ) and served as a Professor at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology (2016 – 2021), where she established, directed, and taught courses for an online Certificate in Integrative Counseling program to improve counseling in Asia and other parts of the world.
Shengyang Chiu, Ph.D.
CEO & Co-Founder
Shengyang Chiu, Ph.D. is a U.S. trained computer scientist and experienced senior executive who has served in innovative start-up companies spanning the U.S. and Asia. He received his education at Harvard University (B.A in Engineering and Applied Physics and M.A. in Applied Mathematics) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in Computer Science). Dr. Chiu has over 25 years of professional experience in the application of cutting-edge software technologies to a wide variety of problem domains, including web-based online distance learning. He was the pioneering Chief Technology Officer for two start-up online universities (Capella University and Universitas 21 Global), leading the design, implementation and operations of their technology infrastructures. He worked in China from 2007 to 2014 as a consulting executive for a number of high tech firms.  Dr. Chiu founded iACE in 2015 as a California based company that seeks to leverage the internet to provide practical, culturally relevant counselor education and training in English and Chinese, the top two languages used on the internet. He draws on his years of IT and business knowledge and experience operating in Asia and on the internet to enable iACE to fulfill our mission.