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Ann Marie Yamada is associate professor of social work at the University of Southern California. Her work is centered on Asian American culture, faith based communities and community mental health services. Her research program involves collaboration with community leaders to develop or adapt services for an increasingly diverse population of individuals with severe mental disorders. One major focus of her research is to explore when and in what capacity religious communities might serve as sources of culturally appropriate alternative mental health services for Asian Americans. Her current project, supported by the Provost’s initiative for Advancing Humanities, investigates how mental illness is understood and acted upon by spiritual and religious leaders within Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean communities. She participates on the Clergy Advisory Committee, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and is a member of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work.
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