Yuying Tsong, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services, California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Tsong received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include mental health outcomes and disparities in ethnic minority communities, specifically the Asian American community, one of the fastest growing ethnic communities in the U.S.A. Dr. Tsong has published manuscripts on research in which she has addressed the role of culture on conceptualizations of mental health, professional help seeking and the importance and need for culturally specific interventions, on research focusing on Asian American families and the effects of immigration, transnational family structures and cultural adjustments on their mental health, and on research the paucity of instruments assessing the impacts of clinical supervision in training new therapists and counselors. Dr. Tsong is a member of the American Psychological Association.
2015-2016 Pilot Project, "Vietnamese American older adults’ mental health literacy and help seeking." The two aims of Dr. Tsong’s RCMAR/CHIME- and UCLA CTSI-funded project are to investigate the culturally specific factors of Vietnamese American older adults’ mental health literacy and help seeking behaviors and attitudes, and to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate measurement approach. It is anticipated that the knowledge gained from this pilot project will benefit researchers and service providers by increasing their understanding of the community's specific cultural beliefs of mental health/illness and cultural practices of help-seeking behaviors, and that results from this study will help ensure that those who serve the needs of the elderly minority community do so in a culturally appropriate manner.