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Project Lead

Ya-Shu Liang, PhD, is the founding director of the San Joaquin Valley Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Project.  She is an assistant professor and the director of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno, and is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with young adults on issues related to identity, family, trauma, and weight, eating, and body image concerns.  She is also President of Central California Asian Pacific Women, a non-profit organization that empowers generations of API women in the Central Valley.  In 2018, she received the Okura Community Leadership Award from the Asian American Psychological Association, and in 2019, she was inducted into the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.  She has given presentations on mental health disparities, microaggression, and diversity and inclusivity, and has published articles on innovative community-based clinical services and language-based discrimination.  Social justice and advocacy are dear to her heart, and she believes that – through empowerment and connection – people can heal, survive, and thrive!

Team Members

Bao Her, M.A., was born and raised in Fresno, California.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of California, Merced.  Bao received a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at Alliant International University, Fresno and is currently a second year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Alliant International University.  Bao is passionate about working with underserved communities and at-risk individuals.

Summer Her, APCC, M.A., is a doctoral student in the Clinical PsyD Program at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno.  She has experience working with individuals in suicide loss and prevention, and domestic violence.  She is interested in examining these areas within the Hmong youth, and exploring resilience, acculturation, and enculturation factors within the Asian American cultures.

 

Stephanie Houk, M.A., is a Clinical Psychology PsyD Student at Alliant International University, Fresno.  She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Westmont College and her M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College.  She is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and immigrant families throughout the Central Valley.  As a student clinician, she has had the privilege of providing bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health services to the Spanish-speaking community.

 

Vi Negrete, B.A., is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International, University, Fresno.  She is an international student from Vietnam and has had a history of working with diverse groups of individuals from different cultural backgrounds and age ranges.  Vi attended William Jessup University and Westmont College, where she had the opportunity to serve in leadership teams that focused on missions of educating the student body about the importance of cross-cultural communications and having a global perspective in building communities.  She has led and mentored students from different cultural backgrounds during her undergraduate years.  Social justice and mental health awareness are two of her passions.  She wishes to bring change to the currently stigmatized traditional beliefs of Asian cultures relating to mental health one step at a time.

 

Kimberly Saelee, M.A. is a fourth year Clinical PsyD candidate and intern at Reedley City College.  Her research and clinical interests include attachment theory, life-span development, trauma and resilience, and multicultural issues in mental health.  In her spare time, she enjoys acrylic painting, baking, and traveling.

 

Jia Jian Tin, M.S. is a Clinical Psychology student at Alliant International University, Fresno.  He has worked with younger children and teenagers in a community mental health setting who present with a variety of presenting problems and psychological disorders.  He has experience working with misdemeanor offenders in a forensic setting and domestic violence abuser in a community mental health setting.  His previous clinical experience includes providing individual, group therapy services, and psychodiagnostic assessments addressing a wide range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, and aggression.  His clinical interest includes working with children and emerging adults.  He also has an interest in the Asian Pacific Islanders (API) population, issues of bullying and harassment, and is involved with multiple research and advocacy projects in these topics.

 

Danielle Torres, B.A., is a Clinical Psychology PsyD Student at Alliant International University, Fresno.  She obtained her B.A. in Anthropology, focusing on the physical and forensic aspects of Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz.  She hopes to provide integrative mental health services to communities with limited access to healthcare.  As a student clinician, she enjoys providing mental health services to a variety of individuals, including adolescents, gang-involved youth, families, and couples.

 

Kia Yang, M.A. is a clinical psychology student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno.  She has worked in hospital, clinic, and forensic settings, with patients and clients suffering from medical and psychiatric conditions.  She has also worked with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She uses her voice to bring attention to the mental health disparities in the community.  Kia is an eldest child from two refugee parents and will be the first in her family to complete a graduate education.  She believes, “I am among the first generation of Hmong to speak English fluently and attain higher education, making my generation pivotal in telling the stories of our refugee and immigrant ancestors.

 

Mandy Zenda, BS, is a second year PhD student at Alliant International University, Fresno.  She joined the San Joaquin Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Mental Health project to promote awareness of mental health issues effecting the API community.  She hopes to be an advocate for policy change by publicly proposing solutions to influence decision-making in order to benefit underserved communities.  Her previous work included traveling to Ghana to work with the West Africa Aids Foundation, implementing strategies to effectively provide affordable and preventative health care services to low income members of the Haatso community, with an emphasis on targeting high at-risk groups, such as pregnant women, children, and queer groups.  Her dissertation interests focus on the short term and long-term effects of bullying on South Asian children and adolescents. Outside of the academic and clinical realm, Mandy enjoys travelling, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

Harvey Zhang, BA, is a third-year student and part of the San Joaquin valley Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Project. He currently is a PsyD student at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno.  He is interested in Asian American psychology, particularly with issues relating to mental health stigma in the Chinese population.  His dissertation topic is the impact of motivation style and acculturation level in Chinese Americans in relation to their collegiate satisfaction.  In the past he has volunteered at Tzu Chi’s free clinic helping the underserved populations in Fresno.  Harvey has presented at the 2018 AAPA convening in San Francisco on the importance of research recaps.  His hobbies include eating food, biking along the Clovis trails, and watching NBA basketball.

Steering Committee (2017-2018)

E. Janie Pinterits, PhD, Assistant Provost for International & Multicultural Initiatives, Alliant International University

Psychologist

Pauline Huynh, MSW, School Mental Health Clinician, Selma Unified School District

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jeff Mar, PhD, Clinical Supervisor, Quality Group Homes

Licensed Psychologist