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PAU Faculty Collaborate on Innovations in Addressing Mental Health Care Disparities Special Issue of Psychological Services Journal

Jorge Wong, Ph.D., Clinical Adjunct Faculty at Palo Alto University (PAU), Director of Behavioral Health Services at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) and California Psychological Association (CPA) President-Elect, teamed up with colleague Kristel Nazzal, Ph.D., an Adjunct Professor in PAU’s Bachelors Program who has been recognized by the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) for her distinguishing efforts and dedication to the treatment of diverse and/or underserved individuals, for a special issue of Psychological Services entitled “Innovations in Addressing Mental Health Care Disparities”, published by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Wong and Dr. Nazzal worked alongside two other non-PAU affiliate scholars in collaboration for an article within the special issue presenting “An Innovative Community–Oriented Approach to Prevention and Early Intervention with Refugees in the United States”:

                  “In addition to premigration and migration trauma, refugees face unique postmigration stressors that often exacerbate mental health issues and disrupt family systems, especially after the initial excitement of resettlement wears off. As such, helping to prevent mental illness or intervening in the early stages of mental illness is of the utmost importance. Research has suggested that preventative, community-focused interventions can be a successful approach.” 

Jorge Wong, Ph.D.

More information can be found in the Psychological Services special issue “Innovations in Addressing Mental Health Care Disparities” article An Innovative Community–Oriented Approach to Prevention and Early Intervention with Refugees in the United States

AACI is the largest nonprofit health and human services provider focused on Asian Americans in Santa Clara County. Dr. Wong and Dr. Nazzal are both members of AACI’s constituency. 

 
 
 

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