Research Team

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Cindy Liu, PhD

Primary Investigator

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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Sunah Hyun, 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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Finneas Wong, BA

Research Assistant

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

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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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Sabrina "Sarah" Kazi, BA

Research Assistant

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Cornell University and is pursuing her Master's degree in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University. Sarah is interested in culturally-sensitive research with Asian American youth and families regarding mental health education and access.

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Maya Chan, BA

Research Assistant

Maya Chan received her B.A. in Biology and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she cultivated a passion for expanding mental health awareness in the Asian American community. As a university peer counselor she experienced how culture informs mental health perceptions, which motivated her to participate in research, as well as co-found WashU’s first Pan Asian mental health conference. She plans to attend medical school and focus on improving clinical care for diverse populations.

Collaborators

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Justin Chen, MD, MPH

Executive Director, MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness

Dr. Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH is Medical Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Division at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Clinically, he specializes in the treatment of young adults with mood and anxiety disorders. He also serves as Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Co-Director and core faculty in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior pre-clinical neurosciences course at HMS, and Co-Director of the longitudinal Sociocultural Psychiatry curriculum for MGH/McLean psychiatry residents. His research focuses primarily on cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization, and medical education.

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Juliana Chen, MD

Associate Director, MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness

Juliana H. Chen, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Newton-Wellesley Hospital as well as an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests include parent guidance and family-based interventions to address mental health issues, and to help promote resiliency and overall wellness in children. Juliana is also the co-executive producer of the short documentary film, “Looking for Luke,” which was produced in collaboration with The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds in hopes of reducing stigma and educating students and families, especially Asian American families, about mental health issues.

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Tiffany Yip, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Fordham University 

Tiffany Yip, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. Her research on ethnic identity, discrimination, and sleep among minority adolescents and young adults has been published in American Psychologist, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Dr. Yip currently serves as an Associate Editor for Developmental Psychology. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association (Division 7: Developmental Psychology & Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race). Dr. Yip is also the recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Research on Asian/Asian Americans Award from the Asian Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development. Her research has been funded by NICHD, NIMHD, NIMH, and NSF. For more information on her research and her lab click here.