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Research

Our Center members are hard at work conducting research on often overlooked demographics and datasets. Click below for current projects and examples of past work.

Recent Publications

Our paper "Psychiatric Symptoms and Diagnoses Among U.S. College Students: A Comparison by Race and Ethnicity" was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychiatric Services!

The book Sociocultural Issues in Psychiatry: A Casebook and Curriculum, edited by Nhi-Ha Trinh and Justin Chen and published by Oxford University Press, is now available wherever books are sold. By translating theory into practice, this work endeavors to deepen readers’ cross-cultural mental health knowledge and skills to enhance clinical care of diverse patient populations.

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Grant and Fellowship Support


- 2002-16: Cindy Liu, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health SCDMH82101008006 “Center of Excellence in Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacological Research” Direct Costs: $85,000/year (PI: Larry Seidman). - 2016, Cindy Liu: Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program “Transnational Separations between Chinese Immigrant Parents and their Young Children” Direct Costs: $3,000 (PI: Cindy Liu) - 2015, Cindy Liu: University of Massachusetts Boston Public Service Grant Program “Examining Mental Health Stressors of Newly Arrived Asian Immigrant Families in Boston” Direct Costs: $10,000 (PI: Leslie Wang, Co-PI: Cindy Liu) - 2014, Cindy Liu: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Grant “Using Hair Cortisol Assays to Measure Chronic Stress in High-Risk Brazilian Women and Children” Direct Costs: $14,540 (PI: Gunther Fink, Co-PI: Cindy Liu) - 2014, Cindy Liu: American Sociological Association Spivack Community Action Research Initiative Grant “Family Connectors Program at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center” Direct Costs: $3,000 (PI: Leslie Wang, Co-I: Cindy Liu) - 2013-14, Cindy Liu: AAPA-Okura Mental Health Leadership Fellowship Grant “Mental Health Knowledge and Service Delivery for Psychosis Risk in Asian American Youth and Families” Direct Costs: $20,000 (PI: Cindy Liu) - 2013, Cindy Liu: Enrichment Award, Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program “Race and ethnic disparities in WIC enrollment among those who are eligible” Direct Costs: $2,320 (PI: Cindy Liu) - 2011-12, Cindy Liu: Harvard Medical School, Office of Diversity and Community Partnership, Health Disparities Postgraduate Fellowship Direct Costs: $45,048 (PI: Cindy Liu) - 2009-11, Cindy Liu: Harvard University, Sackler Foundation Scholarship for Psychobiology “Social Stress and Anxiety in Asian American and European American Infants” Direct Costs: $33,460 (PI: Cindy Liu) - 2006-08, Cindy Liu: NICHD F31HD052490-01A1, “Emotion Processes in Ethnic Minority Children” Priority Score 129, 2.2 Percentile, Direct Costs: $38,727 – 2nd year declined (Trainee: Cindy Liu)




Publications


Original Research and Book Chapters - Chen JA, Liu L, Zhao X, Yeung AS. Chinese international students: an emerging mental health crisis. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Nov;54(11):879-880. - Uchida M, Chen JA, Chen J, Ali S, Furtak S, Kenworthy T, Uchida C. An Approach to Mental Health in Asian American Children. In: Parekh, R., Gorrindo, T. & Rubin, D.H. (Eds.). (2015). Cultural Sensitivity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Boston, MA: Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy. - Chen JA, Liu L, Zhao X, Yeung AS. Chinese international students: an emerging mental health crisis. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Nov;54(11):879-880 - Chandra, R.M., Arora, L. Mehta, U.M., Asnaani, A., & Radhakrishnan, R. (2016) Asian Indians in America: The influence of values and culture on mental health. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 22, 202-209. - Liu, C.H. & Liu, H.H. (In press). Psychosocial barriers to WIC participation in a diverse population of mothers. Public Health Nursing. - Liu, C.H., Chen, S.H., Bohr, Y., Wang, L., & Tronick, E. (In press). Exploring the assumptions of attachment theory across cultures: The practice of transnational separation among Chinese immigrant parents and children. Meaning and methods in the study and assessment of attachment. In: Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment., ed. H. Keller and K.A. Bard. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 22, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. - Gaskins, S., Beeghly, M., Bard, K.A., Gernhardt, A., Liu, C.H., Teti, D.M., Thompson, R.A., Weisner, T.S., & Yovsi, R.D. (In press). Meaning and methods in the study and assessment of attachment. In: Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment., ed. H. Keller and K.A. Bard. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 22, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. - Chen, X., & Liu, C.H. (2016). Culture, Peer Relationships, and Developmental Psychopathology. In. D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental Psychopathology, Vol. 3. (pp. 723-769) Wiley. - Liu, C.H., Giallo, R., Doan, S.N., Seidman, L., & Tronick, E. (2016). Racial and ethnic differences in prenatal life stress and postpartum depression symptoms. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 30, 7-12. - Aratani, Y., Liu, C.H. (2015). Interethnic differences in mental health service utilization among Asian American children. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29, 326-332. - Kim, S.Y., Wang, Y. Weaver, S.R., Shen, Y. Wu-Seibold, N., Liu, C.H. (2014). Measurement equivalence of the Language Brokering Scale for Chinese American adolescents and their parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 180-192. - Liu, C.H., & Tronick, E. (2014). Prevalence and predictors for maternal depressed mood and anhedonia by race and ethnicity. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 23, 201-209. - Liu, C.H., Yang, Y., Fang, S., Snidman, N., & Tronick, E. (2013) Maternal regulating behaviors through face-to-face play in first- and second-generation Chinese American and European American mothers of infants. Research in Human Development, 10, 289-307. - Liu, C.H., & Tronick, E. (2013). Conceptualizing Prenatal Life Stressors in Predicting Postpartum Depression: Cumulative, Specific, and Domain Specific Approaches to Calculating Risk. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27, 481-490. - Liu, C.H., & Tronick, E. (2013). Rates and predictors of postpartum depression by race and ethnicity: Results from the 2004-2007 New York City PRAMS Survey (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17, 1599-1610. - Liu, C.H., & Tronick, E (2012). Do patient characteristics, prenatal care setting, and method of payment matter when it comes to provider-patient conversations on perinatal mood? Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16, 1102-1112. - Liu, C.H. (2011). Emotion development in Asian American children and youth. In L. Juang, F. Leong, D. Baolin Qin, & H. Fitzgerald (Eds)., Asian American Child Psychology and Mental Health (pp. 97-120). Oxford, England: Praeger Press. - Malti, T., Liu, C.H., & Noam, G.G. (2010). Holistic assessment in school-based, developmental prevention. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 38, 244-259. - Liu, C.H., Malti, T., & Noam, G.G. (2008). RALLY holistic assessments and interviews as tools for early detection. New Directions for Youth Development, 120, 139-149. - Malti, T., Schwartz, S., Liu, C.H., & Noam, G.G. (2008). RALLY evaluation: relationships and development as key to student’s growth, resiliency, and learning. New Directions for Youth Development, 120, 151-177. - Liu, C.H., Murakami, J., Eap, S., Hall, G. (2008). Who are Asian Americans? An overview of history, immigration, and communities. In. N. Tewari, & A. Alvarez (Eds.), Asian American psychology: Current perspectives. (pp. 1-29). Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. - Li, C., Li, H., & Niu, J. (2016). Intercultural stressors in Chinese immigrant students: Voices of Chinese-American mental health professionals. Asian-American Journal of Psychology, 7(1), 64-73.http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aap0000044 - Li, C. Ni, H., & Stoianov, D. (2015). Meeting the psychoeducational needs of minority students: A discussion of the necessity of multicultural competence. In special issue “Challenging the Assumptions of Multicultural School Psychology”, School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, 9 (2), 88-95. - Li, C., & Kimble, E. (2015). Cultural Considerations in the Selection of Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Chinese-American/Immigrant Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. North American Journal of Medicine and Science, 8(3), 129-134. DOI: 10.7156/najms.2015.0803129 - Tang, J., Li, C., Rodgers, R., Ballou, M. (2015). Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Asian American Patients in an Acute Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program. North American Journal of Medicine and Science. 8(4),154-159. doi: 10.7156/najms.2015.08 04154 - Ni, H., Li, C., & Zhao, J. (2014). Cultural consideration of resilience for Chinese immigrant children and adolescents. North American Journal of Medicine and Science, 7(3), 123-128. DOI 10.7156/najms.2014.0703123 - Li, C., & Li, H. (2015). Chapter 15, Longing for a balanced life: Voices of Chinese-American/immigrantadolescents. In Bonnie K. Nastasi, & Amanda P. Borja (Eds.), International handbook of psychological well-being of children and Adolescent: Bridging the gaps between theory, research and practice. 247-269. New York, NY: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-2833-0_15 - Li, C., & Wang, Z. (2014). School-based assessment with Asian children and adolescents. In Lorraine T. Benuto, Nicholas Thaler, & Brian D. Leany (Eds.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asian Americans, 393-405.New York, NY: Springer. (Collaboration with graduate student) http://najms.net/wpcontent/uploads/v07i03p112.pdf - Ni, H., & Li, C. (2013). Cultural differences in teachers’ narrative evaluations of students in non-academic areas: A study of school report cards of students from four ethnic backgrounds. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education 1 (2), 123-146. (http://www.inderscience.com/offer.php?id=56464) - Chaudhry, S., Li, C. (2011). Is solution-focused brief therapy culturally appropriate for Muslim American counselees? Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy,41(2), 109-113, DOI: 10.1007/s10879-010-9153-1http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10879-010-9153-1 - Li, C., & Vazquez-Nuttall, E. (2009). School consultants as agents of social justice for multicultural children and families. In special issue, Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 19 (1), 26-44.DOI:10.1080/10474410802462769 - Vazquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., & Kaplan, J.P. (2006). Home-School Partnerships with Culturally Diverse Families: Challenges and Solutions for School Personnel. Special issue, Journal of Applied School Psychology 22(2), 81-102. - Li, C. (1998). Impact of acculturation on Chinese-Americans’ life and its implications for helping professionals,International Journal of Reality Therapy, 17(2), 7-11. - Liu, T. & Li, C.(1998). Psychoeducational interventions with Southeast Asian students: An ecological approach.Special Services in the Schools, 13(1/2), 129-148. - Li, C., & Li, H. (2015). Chapter 15, Longing for a balanced life: Voices of Chinese-American/immigrantadolescents. In Bonnie K. Nastasi, & Amanda P. Borja (Eds.), International handbook of psychological well-being of children and Adolescent: Bridging the gaps between theory, research and practice. 247-269. New York, NY: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-2833-0_15 - Li, C., & Wang, Z. (2014). School-based assessment with Asian children and adolescents. In Lorraine T. Benuto, Nicholas Thaler, & Brian D. Leany (Eds.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asian Americans, 393-405.New York, NY: Springer. (Collaboration with graduate student) - Vasquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., Dynda, A. M., Ortiz, S.O., Armengol, C., Walton, J., &Phoenix, K. (2007). Cognitive Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. In Esquivel, G. B., Lopez, E. C. & Nahari, S. (Eds.),Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology. 265-288. New York: Taylor & Francis, Inc. ISBN-10: 0805845623 - Vasquez-Nuttall, E., Li, C., Sanchez, W., Nuttall, R. L., & Mathison, L. J. (2003). Assessing the culturally and linguistically different child with emotional and behavioral problems. In Breen, M. J., & Fiedler, C. R. (Eds.)Behavioral Approaches to the Assessment of Youth with Emotional-Behavioral Disorders: A Handbook for School Based Practitioners. (2nd ed.). pp.463-469, Austin, Texas: PRO-ED. ISBN10: 0890796254




Symposia


- Cultural Perspectives in Socioemotional Development (March, 2009). Chair of paper symposium at the Society for the Research of Child Development, Denver, CO. - Developing a Research-Community Mental Health Collaboration in Boston Chinatown: Visions, Challenges, and Future Directions (August, 2014). Panelist for roundtable discussion at the Asian American Psychological Association. Washington DC. - May 15, 2016. “Fresh Off The Boat”: Learning From A TV Sitcom About Acculturation, Family Dynamics, And Mental Health In Asian American Immigrant Families. Dana Wang, MD. Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Lusha Liu, MD, PhD, Edmond Pi, MD. American Psychiatric Association 169th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. - May 15, 2016. “Fresh Off The Boat”: Learning From A TV Sitcom About Acculturation, Family Dynamics, And Mental Health In Asian American Immigrant Families. Dana Wang, MD. Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Lusha Liu, MD, PhD, Edmond Pi, MD. American Psychiatric Association 169th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.





Development

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Cindy Liu, PhD

Co-Director,

Research Committee

Dr. Cindy Liu serves as Director of the CCCSEW's Research Committee. She leads the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Program, which examines the role of stress and culture on the mental and emotional health of children and families. 

Current Research

Our Director of Research, Dr. Cindy Liu, recently published a paper in September 2018 that gaining significant media traction from sources such as the Boston Globe, ABC News, and Inside Higher Ed. Center co-founder Dr. Justin Chen is also a co-author. The challenges faced by college students today are increasingly divergent from decades ago, and this paper attempts to capture their current state of vulnerability. The original paper can be found here.

 

Future Directions

The Research Committee is currently working on designing an intervention for parents. Check back for updates and new publications.

Current Research

Our Director of Research, Dr. Cindy Liu, recently published a paper in September 2018 that gaining significant media traction from sources such as the Boston Globe, ABC News, and Inside Higher Ed. Center co-founder Dr. Justin Chen is also a co-author. The challenges faced by college students today are increasingly divergent from decades ago, and this paper attempts to capture their current state of vulnerability. The original paper can be found here.

 

Future Directions

The Research Committee is currently working on designing an intervention for parents. Check back for updates and new publications.

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