Yuhwa Eva Lu is a retired Associate Professor, who served on the NYU Silver from 1997 to 2020. Her scholarship and research interests are primarily in human diversity and social work practice. She has published articles in the areas of assessment and evaluation of clinical and cultural competency, and has pioneered the use of Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) in the classroom using the standardized SW-OSCE methodology. Dr. Lu has also published articles in the areas of clinical process and outcome research, such as "Clinicians' Personal Styles and Clinical Decisions," "Psycho-Social-Cultural Adjustment and Interventions for Asian and Asian American Clients," "The Impact of Cultural Factors on Clinical Practice," and various outcome studies with diverse child, adult, and elderly populations.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Lu has worked as a teacher, clinical social worker, and international trainer. She has directed numerous international, national, and local cross-cultural clinical training programs for community agencies and universities, as well as foreign countries and NGOs. Dr. Lu is also a licensed Chinese bilingual/bicultural clinical social worker.
Dr. Lu has been a consulting editor for various social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. Most recently, Dr. Lu’s course development and research have focused on integrating mindfulness in social work practice, and applying the BMSS (Body Mind Social and Spiritual) Service Model to the integration of health and behavioral health prevention/intervention services amongst Chinese seniors and seriously mentally challenged populations. Dr. Lu currently teaches Mindfulness in Social Work Practice; Social Work Practice with Asians & Asian Americans; and Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege. Dr. Lu has also taught courses in social work direct practice, human behavior, and research.
Dr. Lu is a leading spokesperson for social work services with Asian Americans. In 1984, she was a founding board member of the Chinese American Human Services Association (CAHSA) in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Lu is the founding president of the P.E.A.R.L. Institute (Pacific Education, Advocacy, Research and Learning), which, since 1993, has implemented annual international training and program development projects on family protections (i.e., training on child abuse and domestic violence issues). From 2010-2013, she served as the president of the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA) and started its mentor program, inaugurated its OKURA mental health scholarship program, and brought the association’s annual meeting abroad. Dr. Lu is also the long-time director of the Sino American Summer Training Institute. She administered the program at SDSU (1991-1995) and UC Berkeley (1996-1997) before bringing it to NYU in 1998. Moreover, Dr. Lu has served as an advisory/board member for more than fifteen local, national, and international nonprofit organizations.
In 2010, Dr. Lu received the Latino Social Work Task Force Leadership Award and in 2019, she received the Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Lu earned her PhD from the San Diego State University and Claremont Joint Doctoral Program, her BEd from the National Taiwan Normal University, and her MSW and MA in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. She also completed an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a year of federal HRSA-AMERSA funded fellowship from Project MAINSTREAM, an interdisciplinary faculty development program in substance abuse education.
Lu, Y. E. (September 2017). The Impact of Cross-Cultural Training for Social Work Personnel Development: Indigenization in Program Development. The 24th Asia Pacific Joint Regional Social Work Conference, Shenzhen, China.
He, L., Lu, Y. E., Chen, X. (March 2017). The Impact of International In-service Training Programs on the Capacity Building of the Direct Social Service Organization. Presented at the Annual American Society for Public Administration Conference (ASPA), Atlanta, Georgia.
Lu, Y. E. (July 2016). Mindfulness Practice and Trauma Intervention. The International Conference on Social Work: Social Innovation Technology & Disaster Recovery. Manila, Philippines.
Lu, Y. E. (March 2016). Mindfulness Practice for Women. The 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, New York, NY.
Lu. Y. E., et al. (October 2015). Interactive Workshop Presentation: Incorporating Mindfulness in social-work curriculum, integration of didactic teaching and experiential learning. Council on Social Work Education 61st APM, Denver, Colorado.
Lu, Y. E. (June 2013). President’s Address. International Social Work Conference on Children and Youth. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Lu, Y. E. (November 2012). Confucianism Perspective of the Indigenization of Social Work Direct-Practice in China. Council on Social Work Education 58th APM, Washington, DC.
Lu, Y. E. (July 2012). A New Methodology in Training Effective Medical Social Workers. 2nd Chinese Medical Social Work Conference, Shanghai, China.
Lu, Y. E. (June 2012). A New Methodology for Assessing Social Work Practice: SW-OSCE. International Conference: Social Work and Social Policy, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Lu, Y. E. (May 2012). Youth Capacity Building & Innovative Service Models in the U.S. Joint conference on Children and Youth and Family Policy & Services, Shanghai, China.