CHICAGO ASIAN AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGY LAB

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The Chicago Asian American Psychology Lab aims to promote health equity through conducting community-engaged research. We study structural and sociocultural influences on coping and health behaviors and contribute to the development, evaluation, implementation, and dissemination of culturally responsive behavioral health interventions. We focus our efforts on underserved communities, particularly Asian American immigrants and refugees, those with low English proficiency, and/or those with serious mental illness. Our lab partners with community organizations for research, program development, program evaluation, grant writing, and consultation.

 
 

IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON

UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS

The COVID-19 pandemic has been disproportionally affecting underserved communities in various ways. Collaborating with other university-based research labs and community organizations, our research team is conducting multiple projects investigating how Asian communities and individuals in the U.S. have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of topics that we focus on are health and mental health impacts, health care access, and racial discrimination.

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EFFECTIVE TOBACCO CONTROL INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES 

Tobacco use is a health equity issue, affecting some communities more than others. We are working to identify effective interventions to protect communities from the health harms of tobacco use. Our research focuses on identifying contextual and cultural factors that impact intervention effectiveness for different groups.

COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH WITH A ROHINGYA REFUGEE COMMUNITY IN CHICAGO

The Rohingya are an ethnic and Muslim minority group originally from Myanmar. About 1,000-1,500 Rohingya have resettled in Chicago, beginning in 2010. We are engaged in several research and programmatic efforts with our community partner at the Rohingya Culture Center and others to identify and address community needs and strengthen resources for the newly arrived Rohingya refugee community in Chicago.

METHODS AND STRATEGIES OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT

Community outreach and engagement are key to achieving health equity for traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities. We are interested in methods and strategies that promote equitable participation, voice, and empowerment among communities. 

UNDERSTANDING INFLUENCES ON COPING AND HEALTH BEHAVIORS

Our research team takes an ecological and systems approach toward research on coping and health behaviors. We seek to understand how culture and context interact with psychological factors to impact stress, coping and health-related behaviors. Our hope is that this research approach can shape how we design programs and policies to best promote health equity. 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

LAB MEMBERS

 

ANNE SAW, PH.D.

Lab Director

Dr. Saw is an associate professor of Clinical-Community Psychology at DePaul University. She was born in and raised around San Francisco. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a major in psychology and a minor in Ethnic Studies, Dr. Saw attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Belmont, MA. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Asian American Center on Disparities Research at UC Davis and a second postdoc at the UC Davis Medical Center in the Division of General Medicine. 

When not working, you might find Dr. Saw chasing her two young children around at one of Chicago's many zoos, museums, or parks.

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AMBER PHAM, PH.D.

Alumna

Amber is a doctoral student of Clinical/Community Psychology at DePaul University. She is currently completing a neuropsychology internship at Cincinnati VA. Her research interests include addiction among Asian Americans, specifically smoking, and cultural thinking styles. Amber is also passionate about reducing mental health disparities and stigma in Asian American populations.

WENDY DE LOS REYES, M.S.Ed.

Graduate Research Assistant

Wendy is a doctoral candidate in Community Psychology at DePaul University. Her research interests surround immigrant and refugee wellbeing: employment, health and youth development.

REBECCA MCGARITY, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Rebecca is a doctoral student of Community Psychology at DePaul University. Her research interests include basic needs security, access to healthcare, program evaluation, and systems change. She is also passionate about race and gender equity particularly in the domains of education and health.

NOOR HASAN

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Noor is an undergraduate research assistant pursuing a double degree BS in Health Sciences and BA in Economics. Her research interests include health disparities, mental health, and sexual/reproductive health, specifically in migrant and Muslim communities.

AFSHAN REHMAN

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Afshan is an undergraduate student at DePaul University. She is currently pursuing a BS in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences. In the future, Afshan plans on pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical or Developmental Psychology. Her research interests include exploring trauma in refugee populations and low socio-economic groups.

KRIS (PUI KWAN) MA, PH.D.

Alumna

Kris is a doctoral student of Clinical/Community Psychology at DePaul University. Her research interests include promoting recovery among Asian Americans with serious mental illness, and enhancing health as well as wellness for underserved communities. She is also passionate about developing primary care-behavioral health integration, reducing stigma and promoting social inclusion for people with mental illness. Kris is currently on internship.

SAMANTHA NAU, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Samantha is a doctoral student of Clinical/Community Psychology at DePaul University. Her research interests include reducing mental health disparities among immigrant and refugee populations and the development of culturally informed interventions for diverse populations. She is also passionate about exploring the intersection of trauma, psychological distress, and somatic symptoms in Asian refugee populations.

FIONA (MENGXUE) SUN, B.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Fiona is a doctoral student of Clinical/Community Psychology at DePaul University. Her research interests include culturally appropriate mental health services and health and mental health disparities among Asians, Asian Americans, and Asian migrants. She is also passionate about integrating research and clinical practice, and providing culturally appropriate mental health treatments.

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SHREYA ARAGULA, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Shreya is a doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at DePaul University. Her research interests broadly include women, culturally specific community interventions, and low income, minority populations in the U.S and in South Asia. She is also interested in understanding the role stigma could play in acting as a barrier to seeking help.

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SABRINA SALVADOR

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sabrina is an undergraduate at DePaul University studying Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) and Global Asian Studies. Their research interests include exploring the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) experience. They are passionate about understanding how various factors via the bio-psycho-socio-cultural perspective provide a more holistic understanding of an individual’s experiences.

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MICHAEL HUYNH, M.P.H

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael is a doctoral student in Public Health at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include coping mechanisms for distress, dietary patterns, structural discrimination, and social determinants of mental health among immigrant populations. He is also passionate about suicide prevention, support networks, and interdisciplinary approaches to health equity.

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MAE JIANG

High School Intern

Mae is a senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. Her research interests include mental health, minority health disparities, neuropsychology, and pediatric psychology. In the future, Mae plans on majoring in psychology.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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Saw, A., Nau, S., Jeremiah, R. D., & Zakaria, N. (accepted). Laying the groundwork for participatory research with a Rohingya refugee community. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Ma, K. P. K., & Saw, A. (2020). An international systematic review of dementia caregiving interventions for Chinese families. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5400.

Wong-Padoongpatt, G., Zane, N., Okazaki, S., & Saw, A. (2020). Individual variations in stress response to racial microaggressions among Asian Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000182

Saw, A., Stewart, S. L., Cummins, S. E., Kohatsu, N. D., Tong, E. K. (2018). Outreach to California Medicaid smokers for Asian language quitline services. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 55,S196-S204. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.08.008.

Ma, P.-K. & Saw, A.(2018). A qualitative study on primary care integration into an Asian immigrant-specific behavioural health setting in the United States. International Journal of Integrated Care, 18,2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.3719.

 

Saw, A.,Paterniti, D., Fung, L.-C., Tsoh, J. A., & Tong, E. K. (2018). Perspectives of Chinese smoker and nonsmoker household pairs about the “Creating Smokefree Living Together” Program. Cancer, 124 (7), 1599-1606. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.31220

Tong, E. K., Saw, A.,Fung, L.-C., Li, C.-S., Liu, Y., & Tsoh, J. A. (2018). Impact of a smokefree living educational intervention for smokers and household nonsmokers: A randomized trial of Chinese American pairs. Cancer, 124 (7), 1590-1598.https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.31115

Saw, A.,Steltenpohl, C., Lee, K. B., & Tong, E. K. (2018). A community-based “street team” tobacco cessation intervention by and for youth and young adults. Journal of Community Health, 43,383-390. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-017-0435-3.

Saw, A., Tang, H., Chen, M., Tsoh, J., & Tong, E. K. (2017). Nonsmoker assertive behavior against smoke exposure:  Chinese and Korean American nonsmokers. Drug and Alcohol Review. doi: 10.1111/dar.12557.

Wong-Padoongpatt, G., Zane, N. W., Okazaki, S., & Saw, A. (2017). Decreases in implicit self-esteem explain the racial impact of microaggressions on Asian Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000217

Saw, A., Paterniti, D., Fung, L.-C., Tsoh, J. Y., Chen, Jr., M. S., & Tong, E. K. (2016). Social environmental influences on smoking and cessation: Qualitative perspectives among Chinese-speaking smokers and nonsmokers in California. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0358-6

Kim, J. E., Saw, A., & Zane, N. W. (2015). The influence of psychological symptoms on mental health literacy of college students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85, 620-30. doi: 10.1037/ort0000074.

Meyer, O. L., Saw, A., Cho, Y. I., Fancher, T. L. (2015). Disparities in assessment, treatment, and recommendations for specialty mental health care: Patient reports of medical provider behavior. Health Services Research, 50, 750-767. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12261

Yang, L.H., Lo, G., Tu, M., Wu, O., Saw, A., Chen, F.P., Anglin, D. (2015). Effects of psychiatric treatment contact and acculturation on the causal beliefs of Chinese immigrant relatives of individuals with psychosis. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 13, 19-39.

 

Okazaki, S., Saw, A., & Cho, J. (2015). Psychosocial adjustments of Korean early study abroad students. In A. Lo, N. Abelmann, S. A. Kwon, & S. Okazaki (Eds.), South Korea’s education exodus: The life and times of early study abroad. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

 

Thai, L., & Saw, A. (2014). Integrating primary care and behavioral health: A nurse practitioner’s perspective. AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, & Community, 12.

 

Saw, A. & Song, A.V. (2014). Introduction to the special issue on disparities. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 1-3. doi:10.1037/a0036096

 

Kim, J., Saw, A., Zane, N. W., & Murphy, B. L. (2014). Patterns of utilization and outcomes of inpatient psychiatric treatment in Asian Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 35-43. doi: 10.1037/a0034439

 

Wong, Y. J., Kim, B. S. K., Nguyen, C. P., Cheng, J. K. Y., & Saw, A. (2014). The Interpersonal Shame Inventory for Asian Americans: Scale development and psychometric properties. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 119-132. doi:10.1037/a0034681

 

Wong, G., Derthick, A. , David, E. J. R., Saw, A., & Okazaki, S. (2014). The what, the why, and the how: A critical review of racial microaggressions research. Race and Social Problems, 6, 181-200. doi: 10.1007/s12552-013-9107-9

 

Wong, G., Zane, N. W., Saw, A., & Chan, A. K. K. (2013). Examining gender differences for gambling engagement and gambling problems among emerging adults. Journal of Gambling Studies, 29, 171-189. doi: 10.1007/s10899-012-9305-1

 

Saw, A., Kim, J., Lim, J., Powell, C., & Tong, E. K. (2013). Smoking cessation counseling for Asian immigrants with serious mental illness: Challenges and lessons learned in primary care-behavioral health integration. Health Promotion Practice, 14, S1, 70S-79S. doi: 10.1177/1524839913483141

 

Yang, L. H.*, Purdie-Vaughns, V.*, Kotabe, H., Link, B., Saw, A., Wong, G., & Phelan, J. (2013). Culture, threat, and mental illness stigma: Identifying culture-specific threat among Chinese American groups. Social Science and Medicine, 88, 56-67. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.03.036 [* indicates co-1st authors]

 

Saw, A., Berenbaum, H., & Okazaki, S. (2013). Influences of personal standards and perceived parental expectations on worry for Asian American and White American college students. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 26, 187-202. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2012.668536

 

Saw, A., & Sue, S. (2013). Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health issues. In M. Shelley-Jensen (Ed.), Mental Health Issues in America. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

 

Sun, A., Tsoh, J., Saw, A., Chan, J. L., Cheng, J. W., & Liang, Y. (2012). Effectiveness of a diabetes self-management program for Chinese American immigrants. Diabetes Educator, 38, 685-694.

 

Saw, A. & Okazaki, S. (2012). What is the psychology of Asians? In E. C. Chang (Ed.) Handbook of adult psychopathology in Asians: Theory, diagnosis, and treatment (pp. 15-29). N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

Okazaki, S., & Saw, A. (2011). Culture in Asian American community psychology: Beyond the East-West binary. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47, 144-156.

 

Saw, A., & Okazaki, S. (2010). Family socialization of emotion and current affective distress in Asian Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 81-92.

 

David, E. J. R., Okazaki, S. & Saw, A. (2009). Bicultural self-efficacy among college students: Initial scale development and mental health correlates. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 211-226.

 

Saw, A., & Okazaki, S. (2008). Research methods. In N. Tewari & A. Alvarez (Eds.), Asian American psychology: Current perspectives (pp.49-67). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

 

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