International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Management and Mitigation of Mental Health Issues of Chinese Students - (WS41)

Tuesday, May 30
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LACC, Room 404B

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

Supporting the largest population of international students on U.S. campuses today requires a broad understanding of Chinese culture. Cultivate a network of professionals who can guide faculty, advisers, and campus staff through culturally sensitive approaches to address the mental health challenges of these students. Build a positive environment that mitigates the stigma attached to mental health issues in the Chinese student and scholar population in the United States.

Learning Objectives:

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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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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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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Jennifer D. Frankel

International Director
International Student Insurance

Jennifer Frankel, the International Director at International Student International, also serves as the NAFSA Region II Conference Planner for Lincoln 2018, the District Coordinator of the Florida Association of International Educators, and as a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. She has presented at both the regional and annual NAFSA conferences on topics including sexual assault awareness & Title IX, mental health awareness, crisis management, and more. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Masters in International Business from the University of Florida and has lived in Mexico, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, and Chile.


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