Han, Meekyung

Han, Meekyung

Professor, School of Social Work
Professor/Academic, College of AS&A - Foundation


Preferred: meekyung.han@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5825

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  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, California, United States
  • MSW, Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • B.A. in Social Welfare, South Korea
  • B.A. in Chemistry, South Korea


Dr. Han's primary research activities have been devoted to enhancing equity and understanding diversity among understudied and underserved populations in the mental health field. She received the Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award in 2008, acknowledging her contribution in understanding a multiplicity of mental health issues with various cultural groups and her scholarly productivity through publishing widely in leading social work and psychology journals. She also received numerous internal and external research grants.  Dr. Han (PI), together with her colleague from the SSW, successfully completed a study entitled “Vicarious trauma and its impact on well-being among family caregivers of person with mental illness: A Comparative Exploration of self-care practices among Asians and Caucasians”, that was funded by the Silberman Fund Faculty Grant. Further, she worked as an affiliated researcher/faculty lead on the Social Work Education Enhancement Program (SWEEP) project ($2.5 million) which was led by Dr. Alice Hines, CASA, and funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Selected Publications

[Note: * Corresponding author]

Han, M., Cha, R., Lee, H., & Lee, S. (In press). Mental health stigma among Korean immigrants: Role of culture and de-stigmatization strategies. Asian American Journal of Pscyhology.

Han, M., Diwan, S., & Sun, K. (Conditionally Accepted) Cultural values and Caregiving-related distress: A comparative exploration among Chinese and Caucasian family caregivers of persons with mental illness. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Bui, N., Han, M*., Diwan, S., & Dao, T. (Conditionally Accepted). Vietnamese family caregivers of persons with mental illness: Exploring caregiving experience within the cultural context. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Han, M., Nguyen, D., Cohen, E. Drabble, L., Nugyen, H., Sen, S., & Tuan, T. (2016). Exploring the Transferability of Competency-Based Education Model To Social Work Education in Vietnam. Social Work Education: The International Journal. Online published on March 18, 2016.  DOI:10.1080/02615479.2016.1162782

Hines, A., Cohen, E., Hoa, N., Drabble, L., Han, M., Sen, S., & Tuan, T. (2015). Improving Social Work Education in Vietnam Through International Cooperation: the “Social Work Education Enhancement Project”. Social Work Education: The International Journal. Online published on July 3, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2015.1052391

Han, M., Choi, Y., & Jung, S. (2015). Exploring the relationship between exposure to domestic violence and child maltreatment in childhood and the impacts on mental health problems in later young adulthood among Korean college students, International Social Work. Online published.

Han, M., & Pong, H. (2015). Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Asian American Community College Students: The Effect of Stigma, Cultural Barriers, and Acculturation. Journal of College Student Development, 56, 1-14.

Han, M., Cao, L., & Anton, K. (2014). Exploring the role of ethnic media and the community readiness to combat stigma attached to mental illness among Vietnamese immigrants: The Pilot project Tam An (Inner Peace in Vietnamese), Community Mental Health Journal.Published online. doi: 10.1007/s10597-014-9745-4.

Chaij, C., Han, M*.,& Graziano, L. (2014). Latino Families with a Child with Prader-Willi Syndrome: Exploring Needs for Support. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 13(3), 207-225.

Han, M., Valencia, M., De Leon, J., & Lee, Y. (2012). Development and Implementation of the Culturally Competent Program with Cambodians: The Pilot Psycho-Social-Cultural Treatment Group Program. Journal of Ethnic Minority & Diversity in Social Work, 21(3), 212-230.

Han, M., Lee, S. E., & Lee, P. A. (2012). Role of personal attributes on burnout among entering MSW students. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(3), 439-457.

Han, M. & Lemon Osterling, K. (2012). Characteristics and factors impacting reunification outcomes among Vietnamese immigrant families in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(1),103-111.

Ying, Y., Han, M., & Tseng, M. (2012). Acculturation and Post-Migration Stress in Middle-Aged Chinese Immigrant Women in Philadelphia: Variation between the Fujianese and the non-Fujianese women. Journal of Human Behaviors in the Social Environment, 22(1), 20-38.

Covarrubias, I. & Han, M*. (2011). Impact of social contact and beliefs about serious mental illness (SMI) on two mental health stigma: social distance and restrictions. Social Work, 56 (4), 317-325.

Han, M. & Lee, M. (2011). Risk and protective factors contributing to depressive symptoms in Vietnamese-American college students. Journal of College Student Development, 52(2), 154-166.

Osterling, K., L. & Han, M. (2011). Reunification outcomes among Mexican immigrant families in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1658-1666.

Han, M., & Chow, J. C. (2010). What changes MSW students’ view on the mission of Social work?, Social Work Education: International Journal, 29(2), 205-221.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2009). Stress and coping with professional challenges in entering MSW students: The role of self-compassion. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 28(3), 263-283.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2008). Variation in the prediction of cross-cultural adjustment by ethnic density: A longitudinal study of Taiwanese students in the United States. College Student Journal, 42(4), 1075-1086.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2008). Parental Contributions to Southeast Asian American adolescents’ well-being. Youth & Society. 40 (2), 289-306.

Ying, Y. & Han, M.(2008). Cultural orientation in Southeast Asian American young adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(1), 29-37.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2008). Parental cculturation, parental involvement, intergenerational relationship and adolescent outcomes in Filipino Asian American families. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 6(1), 112-131.

Ying, Y., Han, M. & Wong, S. L. (2008). Cultural orientation among adolescents Asian Americans: Variation by age and ethnic density. Youth & Society, 39(4), 507-523.

Han, M., & Stone, S. (2007). Access to Psycho-social services among pregnant and parenting teens: Generating questions using Youth reports and GIS mapping Techniques. Child & Youth Care Forum (former Child & Youth Care Quarterly), 36 (5/6), 213-224.

Han, M., Carnochan, S., & Austin, M. (2007). Factors contributing to difficulties in professional relationships among Juvenile dependency professionals. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 1(3).

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2007). Familism and mental health: Variation between Asian American children of refugees and immigrants. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 4(4), 333-348.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2007). A Longitudinal effect of intergenerational gap in acculturation on conflict and mental health in Southeast Asian American Adolescents, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(1), 61-66.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2007). A test of the International Congruence in Immigrant Families-Child scale in Southeast Asian Americans, Social Work Research, 31(1),35-43.

Carnochan, S., Abraham, A., Han, M, Taylor, S., Rashid, S., & Austin, M (2006). Child Welfare and the Courts: An exploratory study of the relationship between two complex systems, Journal of Public Child Welfare,1 (1), 117-126.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2006). The effect of intergenerational conflict and school-based racial discrimination on depression in Filipino American adolescence. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 4(4), 19-35.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2006). The contribution of personality, acculturative stressors, and social affiliation to adjustment: A longitudinal study of Taiwanese students in the United States.International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 30(5),623-635.

Han, M. (2006). Relationship among perceived parental trauma, attachment, and sense of coherence in Southeast Asian American late adolescents. Journal of Family Social Work, 9(2), 25-45.

Stone, S., & Han, M. (2005). Perceived school environment, perceived discrimination, and school performance among children of Mexican immigrants. Children and Youth Services Review, 27(1), 51-66.