International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

90-minute Conference Session

Exploring Mental Health Awareness and Obstacles Among Chinese International Students

Wednesday, October 19
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Room: Rose Island II

This session will discuss mental health awareness specifically for Chinese students. Topics of interest include: cultural barriers, common mental health concerns, obstacles that prevent Chinese students from seeking mental health treatment, and how to overcome these barriers through effective resource use and on-campus programming.

Learning Objectives:

Keith Clausen

Envisage International

Keith co-founded Envisage International Corp (EIC) in 2005 and as President and CEO, directs the overall strategy and operations of the company. In addition to the Envisage-branded student recruitment business, EIC owns and operates International Student Insurance, a specialized international health and travel insurance agency focusing on the needs of international students and the schools that serve them. EIC is headquartered in Neptune Beach, Florida, with satellite offices in Leipzig, Germany, Mexico City, Mexico, and Xiamen, China.


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Xuhua Qin

Staff Psychologist, Multicultural Specialist
Tufts University

Xuhua Qin was born in Beijing, China. She received her bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology and master’s degree in Psychological Measurement from Beijing Normal University. She obtained her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has many years of experiences working with college students in university settings. Before coming to the Tufts Counseling Center, she most recently worked for UMass Boston and State University of New York at Buffalo.


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Justin Chen

Executive Director and Co-Founder
MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness

Justin Chen, MD, MPH is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research and clinical interests focus on cross cultural psychiatry, stigma, and mental health services disparities. He has been funded by Harvard Medical School to study illness beliefs of depressed Chinese immigrants at South Cove Community Health Center and mechanisms for improving engagement of under-served racial and ethnic minorities into mental health treatment. He has also been funded to pursue research and teaching collaborations at the Shanghai Mental Health Center, National Taiwan University Hospital, and Fukushima Medical University. In 2014 he co-founded the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at. Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University and his MPH in clinical effectiveness from Harvard University. He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.


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Kenneth J. Reade

Director of International Student & Scholars Services
University of Massachusetts-Amherst International Student Services

Ken Reade is Director of International Student & Scholar Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2014. Ken has worked in the field of International Education since 1989. Prior to joining UMass Amherst he held positions at the Office of Visa & Immigration Services at Dartmouth College, Executive Director of the Central College London Studies Program, and similar positions at Pacific University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to immigration advising and other administrative duties Ken is active in advocacy of international educational policies at the state and federal level. He was awarded NAFSA's "Advocate of the Year" in 2013.


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