Tu-Uyen N. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Asian American Studies Department
Introduction to Asian American Studies; Vietnamese Communities in the U.S.; Asian Pacific American Families; Asian Pacific American Community Public Health; Community Organizing and Leadership; Community-Based Participatory Action Research Methods
Influences of culture and ethnicity on the health-related behaviors of medically-underserved communities; effective cancer education strategies for diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities; program evaluation using mixed qualitative-quantitative research methods; community-based patient navigation; and linguistic-cultural competency in health promotion programs and health services delivery.
I was born in Vietnam but escaped with my family as a “boat person” in 1979, and I grew up mainly in Southern California. I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Comparative Literature from UCI, and my Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Public Health (Community Health Sciences) from UCLA in 2004. Before coming to CSUF, I taught as a lecturer at UCI and UCLA. In addition to teaching and research, I enjoy volunteering as the faculty advisor to the CSUF Vietnamese Student Association and as a board member of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA); Project MotiVATe (a youth mentoring and tutoring program); and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA). I feel very fortunate and happy to be at CSUF and to be able to learn from inspiring students, colleagues, and members of diverse communities locally and nationwide. Outside of work, I treasure my time with family and friends, exploring new places and cuisines, being creative, and sleeping.