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Lost in Translation: The Importance of Context in Asian Mental Health


Location: CI+I Community Lounge Speaker: Seeba Anam, MD (Center for Asian Health Equity) *Reached maximum capacity - please register for one of the other sessions! This talk will be centered on the importance of context and culture in understanding mental health in Asian Americans. This session will touch on the global burden of mental health disorders and review the clinical presentation of depression in Asians. It will help participants to identify barriers to mental health treatment in Asians and discuss strategies for cultural informed intervention. ---

Seeba Anam, MD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a founding member of the University of Chicago Global Mental Health Initiative, a joint effort centered on global dissemination of child and adolescent mental health education. She serves on the steering committee for the University of Chicago Center for Global Health. Additionally, she is an affiliated researcher and advisor for the Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE)’s Bloom Mental Health Program at the University. She supports CAHE’s programming and research efforts involving culturally informed interventions for Asian immigrants in Chicago. CAHE is a partnership between the University of Chicago and Asian Health Coalition, a non-profit, community-based affiliate that investigate health disparities that disproportionately affect the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and African immigrant populations.

In the past, she has served as an affiliated mentor for the University of California San Francisco Global Mental Health Fellowship, to develop an international training module and syllabus on child and adolescent psychiatry for the global mental health fellows stationed at sites at UCSF and Nepal. She also serves on the Education committee of the international Society for the Study of Culture and Psychiatry, expanding cultural curricula for international mental health training programs. Her primary educational and research interests include dissemination work on global mental health, the impact of culture on mental health, health equity and social determinants of health, specifically related to mental health in Asians and Asian Americans.




Mental Health in Asian International Student Communities


Location: CI+I 3rd Floor - LGBTQ Lounge Speaker: Tao Liu, PhD (Wheaton College) International students constantly have to cope with the struggle of living between two different sets of identities and cultures that they experience both in America and back in their home country. In this session, participants will learn about and discuss this culture shock, transcultural adjustment, identity development, social support, help-seeking preferences, and subsequent reverse culture shock when these international students return home after attending an American institution. ---

Tao Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Wheaton College. She is a core faculty member in the Wheaton PsyD program, in which she teaches research and statistics, clinical interview skills, and practicum seminar classes.

Dr. Liu also practices of therapy at Fox Valley Institute, where she provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided bilingual services in English and Mandarin in a variety of settings, including a domestic violence shelter, a community mental health counseling center, and two university counseling centers. Dr. Liu works with a number of concerns, yet she feels especially rewarded in working with those struggling with trauma, interpersonal concerns, coping with life and cultural transitions, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and identity development. She has facilitated interpersonal process groups and cultural adjustment groups for international students.

Dr. Liu received her first master’s degree in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee, and her second master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington.




Seeking Support from Friends and Family


Location: CI+I 1st Floor - Meeting Room Speaker: Yoko Mori, PhD (Student Counseling Services) Talking about your struggles and mental health issues can be challenging. You may feel lost about how and where to start the conversation. You may have experienced the stigma against mental health and received messages that you should just “push through” and not focus on your feelings. In this session, you are invited to identify common challenges people encounter in help-seeking and explore how you can approach difficult conversations with your family.