Thanh V. Tran, PhD, received his doctorate from the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. His primary research focus has been on various issues of health and mental-health services among minority populations and measurement development and validation in social work. He currently teaches cross-cultural measurement methods, research methods, and program evaluation.
Dr. Tran has worked with the Vietnamese American community in different capacities since 1980. He received NIMH funding to study depression in the Vietnamese community. Dr. Tran was also funded by Boston Medical Foundation to study health service utilization among the Chinese and Russian immigrants in Boston area.
From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Tran served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mental Health Services.
Tran, T.V., & Lee, H.N. (2013). Perceived community efficacy, Social networks and depression in a sample of Vietnamese Americans living in Post-Hurricane Katrina areas. Race, Gender & Class.
Tran, T. V., Nguyen, D., Chan, K., Nguyen, T.-N. (2013). The association of self-rated health and lifestyle behaviors among foreign-born Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans. Quality of Life Research, 22(2), 243-252.
Chan, K, Tran, T. V., & Nguyen, T. N. (2012). Cross-cultural equivalence of a measure of perceived discrimination between Chinese and Vietnamese Americans. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 20, 30-36.
Kayser, K., Acquati, C., Tran, T. V. (2012). No patients left behind: A systematic review of the cultural equivalence of distress screening instruments. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology/American Psychosocial Oncology Society, 30(6), 679-93.
Rhodes, A. M. R., & Tran, T. V. (2012). Predictors of posttraumatic stress and growth among Black and White survivors of Hurricane Katrina: Does perceived quality of the governmental response matter? Race and Social Problems, 4(3-4), 144-157. http://link.springer.com/journal/12552
Tran, T. V., & Phan, P.T. (2011). Homeownership among single Vietnamese American adults. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 27, 243-252.
Tran, T. V., Chan, K., & Nguyen, T. N. (2011). Reliability and validity of a bilingual measure of religiosity in English and Vietnamese. Psychological Reports, 108(3), 756-762.
Holland, J., Tran, T. V. (2010). The use of social workers’ emergency certificates and factors associated with linkage to services. Social Work in Mental Health, 8(6), 495–509.
Xu, Q., Bekteshi, V., & Tran, T. (2010). Family, school, country of birth and adolescents’ psychological well-being. Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies, 8, 91-110.
Lee, E.O, Shen, C., & Tran, T. (2009). Coping with Hurricane Katrina: Psychological distress and resilience among African American Evacuees. Journal of Black Psychology, 35(1), 5-23.
Principal Investigator (2004-2007). NIMH Career Opportunities in Research Education and Training (COR). T34-MH065184.
Principal Investigator (2002-2003). Adult Protective Services Social WorkTraining Project. California Department of Social Services. Co-P.I. Jeannette Takamura, Columbia School of Social Work.
Principal Investigator (2001-2006). Inter-University Consortium Child Welfare Training Project. County of Los Angeles.
Principal Investigator (2001-2006). California Social Work Education Center (Title IV-E), SSA358, Child Welfare Training Contract.
Co-Principal Investigator (2000-03). Measuring Symptom Self-care in Three Racial/Ethnic Groups, R15NR0768-01. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research. P.I. Karen Aroian.
Principal Investigator (1998-2000): Health Care Needs of Elderly Chinese Americans. The Medical Foundation.
Past & Current Memberships:
2017–present, Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Counsel on Refugees and Immigrants
2013–2017, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services
2004–2006, Council on Social Education National Nomination Committee
2001–2006, Board Member of Gerontological Social Work Education, California
Boston College Research Incentive Grants, 1989, 2007.
Recipient of NIMH Minority Technical Program Training on Severely Mentally Ill Homeless Research, 1991–1992