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Duy Nguyen
Assistant Professor of Social Work; McSilver Faculty Fellow
(212) 998-5991

Areas of Expertise

Mental health services, older adults, and Asian American families


Dr. Duy Nguyen is an assistant professor of social work, with professional interests in mental health services, older adults, and Asian American families.

Based at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Nguyen is examining the mental health needs of aging Asian immigrants living in New York City. Dr. Nguyen is a Hartford Faculty Scholar (Cohort X), a program funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and administered by the Gerontological Society of America. His grant-funded research to date reveals how sociocultural factors, especially differences among Asian ethnic groups and the aging process, affect health and mental health service use.

Currently, he is working on two community-based research projects. With funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the NYU Langone Medical Center (1UL1RR029893), Dr. Nguyen and interdisciplinary research partners are translating and adapting the evidence-based FamCare program for delivery with Korean American cancer caregivers. Another project, funded by the Okura Mental Health Foundation and the Silver School of Social Work, uses mixed methods to understand the community, organizational, and individual influences on service use by Asians living in poverty-impacted urban areas.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Nguyen held an adjunct teaching position at the Columbia University School of Social Work. He has clinical experience working with clients with a range of mental health needs including children with emotional and behavioral disorders, immigrant and refugee adults and elders, and Asian Americans with severe mental illness and their families.

Dr. Nguyen received his PhD from Columbia University, and his BA and MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received funding for his dissertation research from the Hartford Doctoral Fellowship as well as the Ruth Fizdale Doctoral Dissertation Award at the Columbia University School of Social Work. As a doctoral student, he was a Fellow in the Council on Social Work Education's NIMH-funded Underrepresented Mental Health Minority Research Fellowship Program.