OUR TEAM

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HYEOUK CHRIS HAHM, PHD, LCSW

Lead Researcher

Hyeouk Chris Hahm, Ph.D. is a researcher dedicated to reducing health disparities with a particular emphasis on building empirical evidence of health risk behaviors (e.g., self-harm, suicide and HIV risk behaviors). Funded by NIMH grants (K01 and R34), Hahm has developed and tested theoretical framework that explains suicide behaviors among Asian American women. Further, she developed culturally grounded interventions: AWARE (Asian American Women’s Actions in Resilience and Empowerment) and Youth AWARE, which has been implemented in colleges and high schools. Hahm is a recipient of a research mentor award at Boston University and innovator’s award from Asian Women for Health. Click here to view the AWARE Lab website.

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CINDY H. LIU, PHD

Lead Researcher

Cindy H. Liu, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her areas of investigation include the measurement and mechanisms of psychosocial stress, cultural differences in socio-emotional development, and developmental and culturally based interventions that reduce mental health disparities. She received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. She served as the Director of Multicultural Research at the Commonwealth Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for six years prior to her current position as the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience (DRCR) Program within Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Click here to view the DRCR Lab website.

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Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH

Partners

Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. He delivers talks and trainings for families, clinicians, and educators throughout the United States on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations. As a practicing clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Chen specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults, and he serves as Medical Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry and Co-Director of Primary Care Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also dedicated to teaching and mentorship, serving as Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as a Training Mentor and Co-Director of the longitudinal Sociocultural Psychiatry curriculum for MGH/McLean psychiatry residents, and as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His interests include cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization, and medical education. Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at MGH/McLean, where he served as Chief Resident of the MGH Outpatient Psychiatry Department, followed by a Master of Public Health degree in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Dupont-Warren Research Fellowship focused on improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at the MGH Depression Clinical & Research Program and South Cove Community Health Center. Click here to view the MGH CCCSEW website.

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Julianna H. Chen, MD

Partners

Juliana H. Chen, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH), and a part-time clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She serves as Associate Director of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, which supports the emotional wellness and mental health needs of Asian/Asian American students. She also serves as co-director of The Resilience Project Parents Program, an innovative community outreach program that works with schools and parents to support the emotional wellness of children and teens. Dr. Chen is executive producer of the short documentary film “Looking for Luke” (www.lookingforlukefilm.com), which has been screened across the U.S. to reduce stigma and break the silence around mental health issues, in particular within the Asian American community. She facilitates parent skills groups and regularly speaks on the topics of resilient parenting and family-based interventions to address mental health issues. Dr. Chen received her MD from the Yale School of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency training at Harvard Longwood, and her child and adolescent psychiatry training at MGH and McLean Hospital. She maintains a small private practice in Cambridge, MA. Click here to view the MGH CCCSEW website.

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SUNAH HYUN, EDM, PHD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sunah received her B.A. in Social and Cultural Communication from the University of Washington, Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. She is a community-based researcher whose chief aim is to develop culturally responsive interventions and conduct research to foster healthy development and school success for children and families. Her current research focuses on understanding low-income immigrant families, children’s cultural adjustments in the US context, and identifying specific areas of resilience to address the risks that arise for these vulnerable groups.

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EMILY ZHANG, MA

Research Assistant

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Child Development and her Master's degree in Clinical Developmental Health and Psychology from Tufts University. She is interested in culturally-sensitive and community-based research with youth and families regarding mental health prevention, education, and interventions.

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FIFI WONG, BA

Research Assistant

Fifi received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. Her time living in and interacting with people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Asian communities within the United States sparked her interest in the development and revision of culturally-based mental health prevention, intervention, and psychoeducation.