Areas of Expertise
Cross-cultural social work practice; international social work; cultural competency; human diversity; and clinical competence evaluation
Yuhwa Eva Lu is an Associate Professor at NYU Silver. 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.