History

  • Under the leadership of Dr. James Chou and a group of dedicated volunteer mental health providers, the NY Coalition for Asian American Mental Health, Inc. received its Certificate of Incorporation under Section 402, 503© of the New York State Not-For-Profit Corporate Laws in 1990.
  • For almost three decades, monthly membership meetings were held at different agency sites in NYC to promote networking, collaboration, and sharing of community resources. Conferences on topics relevant to the Asian American mental health community were held to raise awareness of emerging issues and enhance culturally relevant knowledge and skills among providers.  As of 2018, a bimonthly newsletter with agency updates and community resources are sent to over 200 providers and members. In addition, a member-only social media venue has been established for queries and sharing of resources.
  • In 2010, the Young Professional and Mentoring Group was organized to meet on a regular basis to promote professional development and support for Asian mental health students and new graduates. In 2017, the group was renamed the Professional Development Group to include professionals of all levels to meet the increased interests in professional identity and culturally relevant skills in working in the Asian community. Each fall through spring, presenters with expertise on working with Asian Americans are invited to present their work at the monthly meetings held at The Silver School of Social Work at NYU.  A peer supervision group led by volunteer facilitators has also been formed to meet at the end of the monthly meetings.

NYCAAMH Team

Board Officers

  1. Irene Chung, PhD, LCSW – President – Irene is a retired faculty member at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She currently maintains a small private practice and provides clinical supervision to agency staff.

  2. Anna Liu, LMSW, Vice President –  Anna has been volunteering at the Coalition since 2016. She obtained her Social Work degree from Columbia University with a concentration on social enterprise administration and currently works in healthcare. 

  3. Kenneth Lam, MDiv. – Treasurer – Kenneth’s main focus and emphasis in his career are coalition building and community empowerment. Kenneth has experience in working and volunteering with community organizations, faith-based community organizations and City Government. Presently, he is a board member of Dorcas Ministries in Brooklyn and advisor for Asian Health and Social Service Council (AHSSC). 

Executive Committee

  1. Sumie Okazaki, PhD is Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt, where she conducts research on Asian American mental health and the impact of cultural change and immigration on Asian families.

  2. Juhi Malhotra, LCSW is a Clinical Instructor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She teaches a Practice class for International students, is the Seminar in Field Instruction Coordinator, coordinates field placements for MSW students and is the faculty advisor for the API/A student affinity group. She has extensive clinical and administrative  experience in hospital mental health social work.

  3. Kin Wah Lee, MPS, had worked and held executive positions in OMH psychiatric facilities for over 30 years including serving as the Associate Director for Quality Management at the NYS Psychiatric Institute/Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene before her retirement. She volunteers in various non-profit organizations; past positions included serving as a board member on the Chinese-American Planning Council and as President of the NY Coalition for Asian American Mental Health. Presently, she is a board member of 384 Grand Street HDFC, and a founding/board member of UA3, Inc. 

  4. Tazuko Shibusawa, PhD, LCSW received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and was on the faculties of Columbia and New York University where she served as the associate dean and director of the master’s program in social work. Tazuko currently lives in Japan where she teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion courses. 

  5. Daniel Tanh (he/him/his), LCSW, joined the Coalition in 2013. He is the son of parents who escaped the Cambodian genocide and speaks English and Teochew Chinese. He works at the Jewish Board as a leader and clinician in OnTrackNY, a first-episode psychosis program, and as an organizer within COR, the agency’s driving force for confronting structural racism. While utilizing an ever-evolving anti-oppressive framework, he strives to promote social justice while teaching and consulting, facilitating racial affinity groups, and providing therapy.

  6. Yuna Youn (she/her/hers), LCSW, is a lifelong New Yorker, a daughter of Korean immigrants, and the Assistant Clinic Director at Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, an Article 31 clinic dedicated to linguistically and culturally sensitive care. Her work with people of color is greatly inspired by years of working with the incarcerated, which gives her a unique perspective on therapeutic interactions in context of broader systemic issues. Her work is informed and inspired by the many ways individuals in oppressive systems and in her private practice demonstrate their resilience.

  7. Rayna Wang, (she/her/hers), LMSW, has been involved with the Coalition since 2019. She has worked as a bilingual social worker with Chinese-American immigrant children and families, and her research interests include teaching/training methods in education and culturally responsive therapy practices. Rayna is a graduate of the NYU-Shanghai global MSW program and currently works at the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health. 

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