Miwa Yasui is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Her areas of interest include cultural influences on developmental and familial processes such as ethnic identity development and ethnic-racial socialization, the examination of the culturally responsive assessments and interventions for ethnically diverse children and youth, intervention and prevention of problem behaviors among youth, and observational methodology.
Professor Yasui's research focuses on the influence of culture on development and family process in relation to psychopathology and mental health intervention. In particular, her research examines how multilevel cultural influences enhance or ameliorate the relationship between family processes and child psychopathology, especially among ethnic minority families. Her work applies the use of observational methods combined with surveys to study culturally specific developmental and familial socialization processes that are central to the adaptive development of ethnic minority children and youth.
Professor Yasui's work also examines cultural, contextual and familial factors that contribute to mental health disparities among immigrant and ethnic minority populations. In particular, she is studying the role of treatment engagement in racial and ethnic disparities among immigrant families. Her current project explores culturally specific pathways that may address underlying barriers to mental health service utilization and engagement among immigrant populations. Her research lab will continue both basic and intervention research that examines culturally specific influences on adaptive development among ethnic minority children and youth.
Professor Yasui received her undergraduate degrees in Comparative Culture from Sophia University in Tokyo and in Psychology at the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon. She completed her APA-accredited clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile Research. During her doctoral studies, she examined the role of implicit associations of stigma as a NIMH Development, Emotion, and Psychopathology as a predoctoral trainee and also developed an innovative observational measure of ethnic-racial socialization as a Predoctoral NIMH National Research Service Awardee. Prior to joining SSA, Professor Yasui completed her NIMH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship during which she developed a culturally enhanced engagement intervention that integrates observational methodology with cultural sensitive clinical probes to increase treatment engagement among ethnic minority families seeking mental health services. Professor Yasui is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been actively engaged in clinical practice during her predoctoral and postdoctoral training.