Role: Assistant Professor
Education: BSW, University of Hawai'i, Manoa; MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; PhD in Social Welfare, University of Washington, Seattle.
Experience: Asian Pacific Islanders (API) children, youth, and families; community organizing; youth organizing; emerging adulthood; non-profit organizations; multicultural education & research; community based research; rural and urban macro social work; program development and evaluation; research in the area of mental health (e.g., school-based & community-based prevention programs, & multi-systemic therapy).
Interests: sociopolitical development among youth & young adults; critical pedagogies of place & social justice work; indigenization of social movements; health & mental health promotion among Asian Pacific Islanders & other marginalized populations; determinants/disparities of health & mental health with specific attention to socio-economic, cultural, & historical contexts & the dynamics between agent (individual) & structure (resources both informal & formal); culturally responsible mental health & health interventions & services that enhance positive pathways to healthy adulthood, empowerment, & resiliency; adult allies; psychopolitical validity; cultural responsible research methodologies.
Teaching Areas: undergraduate inquiry courses on race & social justice, & family studies; child & family studies professional development; anti-oppressive & empowerment social work practice; health & mental health promotion among youth & young adults; community based/macro social work.