Yuhwa Eva Lu
Areas of Expertise
Cross-cultural social work practice; international social work; cultural competency; human diversity; and clinical competence evaluation
Dr. Yuhwa Eva Lu is an associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work. 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. She 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 children, adult, and elderly populations. Most recently, Dr. Lu’s course development and research have focused on mindfulness in social work practice, and applying the BMS (Body Mind Spirit) service model to the integration of health and behavioral health prevention/intervention services amongst minority seniors. 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). Since 2010 she has served as the president of the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA). As president of APISWEA she started its mentor program, inaugurated its OKURA mental health scholarship program, and brought the association’s annual meeting abroad. APISWEA has co-sponsored two conferences in China and Vietnam and their 2013 conference will take place in Cambodia. Dr. Lu has been the director of the Sino American Summer Training Institute and administered the program at SDSU (1991-1995) and UC Berkley (1996-1997) before bringing it to NYU in 1998. Most recently she brought the program to Shanghai, China, from 2011 to 2012 while she was a visiting professor at East China University of Science and Technology. Dr. Lu was also a visiting professor at Tzu Chi University in Hualien City, Taiwan, from 2003 to 2004. 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.
She has been a consulting editor for various social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. For the past 20 years, Dr. Lu has worked as a teacher, a 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 in practice for over 20 years.
Dr. Lu received her BEd degree from National Taiwan Normal University, her MSW and MA in sociology from University of Wisconsin, and her PhD degree from the San Diego State University & Claremont Joint Doctoral Program. 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.