Bridging the Gap: Supporting international student mental health in the context of COVID

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Bridging the Gap: Supporting international student mental health in the context of COVID 

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), with support from the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC), are pleased to invite the Pratt faculty and staff community at-large to attend this upcoming presentation.

 

Workshop Date: Tuesday, April 20

Time: Noon – 2pm EST

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Special guest speaker: Dr. Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness

 

Bridging the Gap: Supporting international student mental health in the context of COVID will cover topics such as:

1) culture and mental health; 

2) mental health experiences of Chinese international students; 

3) challenges during COVID-19; 

4) strategies for addressing international student mental health. 

There will be time at the end of Dr. Chen’s presentation for audience questions.

 

Our Division of Student Affairs staff recently experienced this presentation, which received wide praise, and here are some comments from those who attended:

“I found it very practical as it acknowledged the reality of dealing with real live students from a professional perspective.”

“Dr. Chen’s talk was incredibly engaging and I wholeheartedly recommend it to my entire professional circle. His discussion of the intersection between culture and mental health is as interesting and accessible as it is necessary right now.”

“His insight and the way he explains things were very meaningful.”

“Dr. Chen was enormously helpful in illuminating some of the unique challenges our international students may face and how we can better serve them. Applying what we have learned, this will allow us as staff to make Pratt feel like a more caring and inclusive environment where all of our students can feel safe and understood.”

“My staff and all are in agreement on how informative his presentation was regarding acculturation issues and especially in strategies on how to engage international students based on their cultural perspective.”

 

Speaker bio:

As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH delivers talks and training for families, clinicians, and educators throughout the United States on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations. As a practicing clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Chen specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults, and he serves as Medical Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry and Co-Director of Primary Care Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also dedicated to teaching and mentorship, serving as Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and Co-Director/core faculty in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior pre-clinical neurosciences course at Harvard Medical School. An Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, his research focuses primarily on cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization, and medical education. He is a co-editor of Sociocultural Issues in Psychiatry: A Casebook and Curriculum, published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University. He completed his psychiatry residency and chief residency at MGH/McLean, followed by a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Dupont-Warren Research Fellowship focused on improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at South Cove Community Health Center in Boston’s Chinatown.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the OIA and CTL with support from the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee strategic investment initiative from the Provost’s Office. We thank SPOC for their support of this presentation. Please email Kristin Oberheide (koberhei@pratt.edu) with any questions regarding this presentation.

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