Associate Behavioral Scientist
Eunice C. Wong, Ph.D., is an associate behavioral scientist at the Rand Corporation. Dr. Wong has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has expertise in substance abuse, mental health and service-seeking in racial and ethnic minority populations. Dr. Wong has conducted studies on service-seeking and barriers to care as well as concordance between patient and provider perspectives on obstacles to mental health care. Her more recent work has focused on trauma-exposed populations and the implementation of evidence-based mental health treatment into community settings.
Dr. Wong’s research with trauma-exposed populations is currently focused on issues related to treatment access, quality of care and health outcomes. She is working on developing a psycho-educational video intervention targeting trauma injury survivors who are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Wong has also been involved in several community-partnered efforts aimed at enhancing the provision of evidence-based mental health treatment for depression and PTSD for underserved populations in New Orleans and South Los Angeles.
Even though immigrants make up an ever increasing part of the country, there is limited knowledge on immigrants’ adjustment to life in the U.S., especially in terms of mental health outcomes.
The purpose of the present study is to examine depression outcomes and associated risk factors among U.S. immigrants using the New Immigrant Survey, the first study conducted with a nationally representative sample of U.S. immigrants. This study explores pre-immigration and post-migration factors related to the successful adaptation of immigrants in the U.S.
My New Connections Experience
New Connections provided an opportunity to obtain funding to conduct my own independent research using secondary data. Funding opportunities such as these are rare to come by. The New Connections award has helped establish my credibility as an independent investigator, allowed me to network with other colleagues with similar research interests, and provided opportunities to refine my research skills. In addition to these tangible gains, the New Connections award has provided me with many intangible gains such as being connected to and inspired by so many others devoted to improving the health and well-being of the underserved.
Trauma and PTSD; Health Disparities; Ethnic Minority Mental Health; Implementing Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatments in Community Settings; Community-Partnered Participatory Research.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator,
- Award Year: 2007
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
- Project Name: Depression and Associated Risk Factors Among New U.S. Immigrants.