2018 Speakers



dr. josephine m. kIM

Faculty, Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Josephine M. Kim, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC (김명화) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who provides professional consultation and expertise on multicultural, mental health, and educational issues to various media sources in Asia and in the U.S. She is the keynote speaker at numerous parent, teacher, counselor, and youth conferences, and is the author of two best-selling books in Korea “The secret to children’s self-esteem” and “Self-esteem in the classroom.” Her research and practice focus on bridging the cultural gap between immigrant parents and their 1.5 and 2.0 American children. She was an Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Harvard University. She is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and associated faculty at the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness.

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2017 Speakers




Dr. Rohit Chandra is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at MGH Chelsea, where he works closely with immigrant populations and co-chairs the Community Research Program, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches 3rd-year medical students. He is president of the New England chapter of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association (psychiatrists of Indian origin), and co-chairs the Early Career Psychiatrist committee of AACAP, the largest organization for child and adolescent psychiatrists nationally. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MD from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed postgraduate training at Boston Medical Center and MGH. He is interested in the cultural identity development of Asian-Americans, adolescent suicide prevention, and the impact of academic pressure on student mental health. He has published on the influence of values and culture on the mental health of Asian Indians in America.

Asian American Student Mental Health: What Do We Know?

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Hyeouk Chris Hahm, ph.d, lcsw

Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm is health services researcher and is an Associate Professor of the School of Social Work at Boston University. She has also been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) through multiple grants, including a dissertation grant award, a diversity grant, a career award, and clinical trial planning award. Her research includes randomized clinical trials, survey research, qualitative research, and large database studies. Her current research focuses on Asian-American women’s health risk behaviors, mental health, and intervention development. She worked as a psychotherapist in NYC, treating people with mental illness and substance abuse issues. After she received Ph.D. from Columbia University, she had also done a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley before she joined Boston University, and she served as a visiting associate professor at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. In 2015, Dr. Hahm received an “innovator’s award” from Boston based organization, “Asian Women for Health” for her research. She was also chosen as 2015 class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) for her contribution to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society. She also received "an outstanding research mentor award" from Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at Boston University.

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Cindy Liu, ph.D

Cindy H. Liu, Ph.D. received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. After completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital, she spent three years at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2012, she became the Director of Multicultural Research at the Commonwealth Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. Her areas of investigation include Asian American parenting, the measurement and mechanisms of stress and resilience in Asian American families and developmental and culturally based programs for improving well being in Asian immigrant communities.

Exploring the Unexpected Gift of Vulnerability: Preparing Students to Run the Education Marathon from High School to College (and Beyond)

Karen Shih, Ph.D

Karen Shih is an Assistant Dean of the Office of Intercultural Education and the Advisor to Students of Asian Descent at Wellesley College.  She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, Athens. Karen has a professional background in multicultural counseling and education. With a strong interest in mentoring, she advises Asian/Asian American student organizations and provides individual students with academic, personal, and career advising. As the co-founder of Wellesley’s First Generation College Students Network, Karen is also committed to supporting first generation students and increasing awareness about socio-economic class issues. She was born and raised in Taiwan and is a proud parent of two strong-willed daughters.

Nora Yasumura, msw

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 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 in New Hampshire.  Currently, she is a Life Skills teacher and peer mediator advisor at the Indian Mountain School in Connecticut.  In addition, she lives at the Hotchkiss School and is an independent diversity consultant and trainer, working closely with middle and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities throughout the northeast.


Asian American college students have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than their counterparts, and each year, more than 1,100 “successful” students take their own lives on U.S. college and university campuses. Cultural stigma often prevents students who are struggling from seeking help. This problem is compounded by a lack of awareness and open conversations about mental health within the Asian American community. What are the pressures faced by Asian American students? What is “success,” and can students be successful without sacrificing their well-being? How can parents foster both? Diverse mental health professionals will reflect on the film, “Looking for Luke,” and address these important questions in this interactive panel discussion.

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sukhmani bal, MPH Candidate

Sukhmani Bal is currently a graduate student at Boston University where she is pursuing a master's in Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has guest lectured on the neural mechanisms and biology of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Through community engagement and cross-cultural education she hopes to empower individuals to actively participate in their own treatment. By working to educate both the public and medical community she hopes to ameliorate the stigma attached to seeking treatment and make quality care accessible to all.

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Paul j. barreira, md

Paul J. Barreira, MD, is Director of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) in which capacity he oversees all health services provided to students, faculty, and staff. He is also the Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He formerly served as the Director of Behavioral Health and Academic Counseling at HUHS, in which capacity he managed Harvard’s mental health services. Dr. Barreira has a longstanding interest in the development and improvement of systems of care for delivering mental health services, in the public and private sectors and, more recently, in university communities. His research interests include evaluation of college mental health services, and he teaches a freshman seminar titled, “What is College? and What is it For?”

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gene beresin, md

Gene Beresin, MD, is executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and senior educator in child and adolescent psychiatry at MGH. He has won a number of local and national teaching awards, and is widely published on a variety of topics, including mental health and media, and child and adolescent psychiatric treatments. He also serves as national Senior Educator in Adolescent Psychiatry for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Dr. Beresin founded The Clay Center in 2013 in response to the stark reality that an estimated 1 in 4 individuals will experience a mental illness during the course of his or her lifetime, with 50% beginning in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. It is Dr. Beresin’s belief and hope that The Clay Center, through its dissemination of quality information, will serve as a vehicle for fighting stigma about mental health.

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juliana chen, md

Juliana 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 and teens. She produced “Looking for Luke” with funding through the American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Grant and in collaboration with The Clay Center in hopes of reducing stigma and educating Asian American families about mental health issues. Dr. Chen received her BA from the University of Rochester, and her MD from Yale University. She completed her adult psychiatry residency training at Harvard Longwood, and her child and adolescent psychiatry training at MGH and McLean Hospital.

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justin a. chen, md

Justin A. Chen, MD, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and associate director of medical student education in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His academic work focuses on cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, and mental health disparities. In his clinical practice, he utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medications to serve a predominantly Asian American population. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, he gives talks and leads trainings for parents, clinicians, and educators throughout the country on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations. Dr. Chen received his BS and MD degrees from Yale and his Master of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness from Harvard.