International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Overcoming Stigma: Mental Health Awareness for International Students and Scholars

Thursday, June 1
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
LACC, Room 501

This session features a diverse and experienced panel of experts who will discuss mental health awareness for students around the world. Topics include: common mental health concerns, obstacles that prevent international students from seeking 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, 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.

Prior to forming EIC in 2005, Keith practiced law with Holland & Knight LLP in Washington DC and Amsterdam as a corporate lawyer, focusing on M&A and venture capital, then with the PGA TOUR in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Florida - College of Law.


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Patricia A. Burak

Assistant Professor
Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences

Patricia Burak worked in international student and scholar advising for 41 years: 32 years as director, in the Slutzker Center for International Services. Burak now serves as an assistant professor at Syracuse University. She has held national and regional leadership positions, presented more than 100 conference sessions, papers and workshops, and co-edited a book, Crisis Management in a Cross-Cultural Setting, for NAFSA. Burak serves as a resource to colleagues in the field on issues related to the field. She is currently engaged as editor of a new e-publication for NAFSA on the topic of mental health and international students.


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Justin Chen

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

As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, a nonprofit volunteer organization based in Boston, MA, Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH delivers talks and trainings to families, clinicians, and educators throughout the United States on promoting the emotional health and resilience of diverse student populations. Dr. Chen is a practicing clinical psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults. He holds administrative and educational leadership roles at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. His interests include cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, mental health disparities, and medical education.

Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at MGH/McLean followed by a Master of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Dupont-Warren Research Fellowship focused on improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at South Cove Community Health Center in Boston's Chinatown.


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Xuhua Qin

Psychologist, Multicultural Specialist
Tufts University

Dr. Xuhua Qin is currently a licensed psychologist and Multicultural Specialist working for Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Services. Her work includes individual and group psychotherapy, supervision to counselors in training, consultation to faculty/staff/administrator/ parents, development of outreach programs on campus and in communities, and presentations in university settings and in conference. She received her BS degree on Applied Psychology and M.Ed degree on Educational Psychology from Beijing Normal University, and then Ph.D. degree on Counseling Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In her professional career, she worked for several university counseling centers across states and specialized on mental health treatment and prevention for international students. She does regular workshops to students, parents, and faculties/staffs on promoting mental wellbeing among international students, addressing stigma related to mental health issue, helping international students to better adjust to the new academic and cultural environment, and promoting dialogues and self -reflection on cultural differences and identity development. She also presents in professional conferences, aiming to bring topics of international student and mental wellness to multidisciplinary areas. Dr. Qin received Diversity Leadership Mentoring Award granted by Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors in 2013.


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