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Dr. Chia-Ling Mao started her teaching career in Taiwan and relocated to the Bay area in 1995. She has worked full time for SJSU, SON since August 2000. She taught a variety of nursing courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs as well as presented community mental health related papers at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Mao published many articles in peer reviewed journals and contributed to book chapters in psychiatric nursing and woman's health. Dr. Mao founded the first Mandarin speaking family support group for the mentally ill in collaboration with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in the Silicon Valley in 2001. She mentors for advocacy and implementation of culturally competent care and facilitates cultural exchange internationally.