MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL PANEL
We proudly present a panel of professionals with expertise in the mental health of Asian and Pacific Islander students. The panel session is open to all participants, and there will be an opportunity for audience members to pose questions to each panelist.
Dr. Wendy Huang is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She works at the Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College and also has a small private practice. She provides individual and group counseling as well as supervision of interns and consultation to the campus community. Her clinical interests include the second generation Asian American experience, women's issues, eating disorders, multicultural and feminist therapy. She has run a group at Wellesley College for second generation Asian American women based on the Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE) intervention created by Dr. Hyeuk Hahm for the past three years. Wendy is second generation Chinese American.
Dr. Poon is a native New Yorker who returned to the Big Apple in 2017 after having the privilege to learn and train in cities like Boston, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, and is currently a staff psychologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center's Student Health Service. Dr. Poon has worked with young adults on college campuses for over six years, and specializes in outreach and prevention services to marginalized communities. He's presented local and national workshops on multicultural mental health issues, QTPOC advocacy and support, and compassionate leadership. In his spare time, Dr. Poon is writing his first young adult fiction novel, figuring out the NYC transit system, and finding clothes that still spark joy.
Tri Quach is the program coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program at UMass Boston. He holds a MS in Transnational Cultural Community Studies from UMass Boston. He formerly was director of the Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth and has been organizing in the Asian American community for the last 20 years working with organizations such as the Asian American Resource Workshop, the Chinese Progressive Association, and Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. His work has focused around youth organizing and art for social justice.
Gureen was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to New York at the age of 15, where she acquired her BS in Psychology from Stony Brook University and later earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from William James College in Newton. She is the founder of Singh Psychotherapy in Back Bay, where she is a practicing Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC), focused on identity development and trauma-informed therapy for her clients. She also recently founded Collaborative Insight Counseling Associates, a group practice whose mission is to employ clinicians of color to extend the reach of racially diverse and culturally sensitive care to those seeking therapists who look like them and get it. While she has extensive experience working with college students, adults, couples and families, Gureen’s true passion and interest lies in combining advocacy work with mental health treatment, specifically within Asian and South Asian communities. She tries to spend her limited free time reading, exploring new cuisines, and is an avid fan of Indian classical music.
Nora Yasumura holds a Master's in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. She has a professional background and expertise in understanding social identity and equity, community organizing, inclusive leadership, and mindfulness practice. At Dartmouth College, she served as an Assistant Dean of Student Life and Advisor to Asian and Asian American Students for 12 years. She has also worked as a part-time additional reader for the Dartmouth College Admissions Office. She was the founding Director of the Global Community Initiative at the Cardigan Mountain School and a Life Skills teacher at the Indian Mountain School. Currently, she is a Class Dean at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and is an independent diversity consultant and trainer, working closely with middle and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities throughout the northeast.