This discussion will focus on:
- Learn more about the experience of international students studying in the US
- Focus on the mental health challenges of Chinese international students and barriers to getting help
- Discuss potential strategies for improving international student emotional wellness
Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults, particularly those with treatment-resistant depression and/or cross-cultural challenges. His academic interests include cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization, and medical education. He has been funded as Principal Investigator of several studies focused on developing novel mechanisms for improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at South Cove Community Health Center. As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness (www.mghstudentwellness.org), a not-for-profit volunteer consortium of clinicians, educators, and researchers based in Boston, he delivers talks and trainings for families, clinicians, and high school and university educators and administrators throughout the United States on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations.
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